Chloe Lewis grieves for miscarried twin baby as she sheds light on vanishing twin syndrome: ‘nobody talks about it’

TOWIE star Chloe Lewis has shed light on ‘vanishing twin syndrome’ after miscarrying one of her babies just eight weeks into her pregnancy.

In an exclusive interview with OK! online Chloe said “It’s a common thing ’vanishing twin syndrome’ nobody talks about it I suppose.”

Vanishing twin syndrome is a type of miscarriage. When pregnant, more than one embryo can appear to be developing in your uterus appearing like you are carrying twins or reglets.

However, further into the pregnancy these foetuses may no longer be detected. When more than one embryo appears to be developing in your uterus, you might be told that you're carrying twins — or in some cases, triplets or more.

Later in the pregnancy, though, one of the embryos or foetuses may no longer be detected. The foetus that does not develop fully is called a vanishing twin.

The expecting mother explained that she found out she was having twins after going in for a scan with the doctor after experiencing bleeding after eight weeks of pregnancy, losing one of the twins.

“I found out I was having twins after I got to eight weeks [of pregnancy] and had bleeding which you know in yourself isn’t normal.

“I booked in for a private scan and she [the midwife] said here’s one and there’s two. “I was completely blown away. You just don’t expect when you’re trying for your first baby.

“I told her about the bleeding and I had to wait three weeks to find out if there was a twin or there wasn’t. I then had to go back three weeks later and she told me that there wasn’t. It was just weird situation to be in.”

She said that the three week period in-between the scans was “horrible” and said she didn't "know how to feel.”

“They don’t really tell you the ins and outs of what’s happened because I guess they don’t really know. She just said there were two sacks and one embryo in one of the sacks and not one in the other.

“She said it looks like you’ve miscarried that embryo and the sack had then shrunk. The next time I went in there was one sack with the small one next to it. Then I think it just disappears.” In an exclusive interview with OK! magazine Chloe elaborated that the babies were identical twins.

“The doctor told me not to get my hopes up, which I didn’t, I expected there to be one baby so I wasn’t totally heartbroken when I went back and was told I had lost one.

"The doctor did confirm the twins had been identical. That was so sad for me to hear. I kept thinking this one is going to come out and they would have looked exactly the same. This is common, though; it’s called vanishing twin syndrome.”

She went on to say she felt like she had “done something wrong” when she heard she had lost the baby and began to “question” her decisions.

“I grieved for about three months. I felt like I had gone into a hole, like I had lost a child. I felt like I had done something wrong because it was my body. Was I going to the gym too much? You start questioning yourself. It wasn’t until Danny said: ‘Chloe, you’ve got to snap out of this, you’ve got one healthy baby, not everyone gets this.’

“I was supposed to be happy but I was sad because I’d lost one. I was happy some days and sad others. I couldn’t be totally happy. After three months, though, I said to myself: ‘Right, you’ve got to sort yourself out.’ Mum-to-be Chloe has now, however, said she is really excited to welcome her first bay into the world.

She said: “I’m really excited about becoming a mum. I’ve always been good with kids and quite maternal but now it’s my own child and I’ve got to look after it, it’s a little bit scary.

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“We knew we wanted one and we were trying that it was if I was pregnant then we would go ahead with it.

“I was super happy but there is a worry in you as well. It’s the unknown I suppose.”

She added that she doesn’t think the labour will bring back the bad memories of losing the identical twin and just feels “grateful.”

“I’ll be feeling pure happiness. I can’t wait to see this baby’s face, that’s the part I’m looking forward to most. It’s going to be half me and half Danny,” she continued.

“There are people who can’t have children so I’m grateful I’ll have one that is healthy.”

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