Dichorionic Diamniotic twins are the 'normal' twin pregnancy. It means your twins both have their own amniotic sacs and placenta, so they're only sharing your womb, nothing else.
As well as being by far the most common type of twin pregnancy, it's also the best case scenario, with the least amount of complications and the best chance of both of your twins being born completely healthy without any intervention from your doctor or hospital.
Di di twins can be fraternal, (or non identical,) or identical, but are more likely to be fraternal.
As any mom who might be expecting twins knows, twin pregnancies are hard! Or at least, much harder than single births. Bear in mind that we're designed to only carry one baby at a time, and it's actually pretty miraculous how adaptable we are.
But twin pregnancies still put hugely increased strain on both the mother and the twins growing inside of her.
For the mother, her uterus is going to get bigger much faster than with a singleton pregnancy. You can expect to be the size of a woman at full term with just one baby at the start of your third trimester!
Because you're supplying blood to two babies instead of one, your heart has to work that much harder, and you can expect to be pumping the same amount of blood as a full term single pregnancy at around the 25th week!
You're also at a higher risk of all the lovely things that pregnant women face already, like pre-eclampsia, as well as likely premature birth and your babies having lower birth weights. It's a fun time all round.
Thankfully, a di di twin pregnancy has the least chance of major problems amongst twin pregnancies, with the smallest list of major complications.
Whilst being pregnant with more than one baby is a fantastic event, there are several complications that can occur from carrying more than one child at a time.
The favored dichorionic diamniotic twins delivery method is caesarian, because there are more complications that can occur with a twin birth. It's also unlikely that you'll be recommended a home birth, if that's an option that you were hoping for.
It's also normal for there to be more doctors and nurses around you as you're giving birth to your twins, because of the increased chance of complications.
Your labor is generally going to be treated the same, but your twins are going to be more heavily monitored, normally with an electronic sensor that will be placed on the outside of your bump.
As for the birth itself, if you're lucky enough to deliver normally, then it's going to be pretty much identical to delivering a single baby, except twice! The only difference is that once your first child is born, the position of your second child will be checked either manually or with a scan. If the second baby is in the correct position, you might just give birth completely naturally. If not, you'll probably be given hormones to induce a second birth.
There's a whole list of complications that can cause your doctor to recommend a caesarian birth. Don't worry if this is the case. Like I said, over half of twin births are delivered by caesarian, so it's completely normal. Just relax, trust that your babies are going to be fine and let the doctors do what they do.
If you're pregnant with twins, congratulations! You're joining a really special club. To help prepare yourself, join our twins community where you can post questions and join in the discussion with other parents.
The best thing to do is appreciate that you're lucky enough to be giving birth to twins!
All of that aside, having di di twins is much the same as being pregnant with a single baby, except you have two! So just follow all of the normal good practices.
Make sure you're getting enough rest and eating well, taking multivitamins is good, and don't overexert or overstress yourself. Finally, make sure to follow any advice your medical practitioners give you. After all, they have your best interests in mind!
How was your twin pregnancy? Or maybe you're currently pregnant with twins, or trying and hoping you'll be lucky enough to conceive twins! If you've got any twin stories or advice for moms to be, we'd love to hear it, so share in the comments below!