Many sperm, one or more eggs, how many win the race? I have been watching The Amazing Race series for the first time. As I begin to write about the phenomena of “Vanishing Twin” or “Womb Survivor,” I reflect on the beginning of life, this amazing journey I first studied in biology and nursing school.
We are familiar with twins and multiple births. What is lesser known is that many pregnancies may begin with more than one fertilized egg, but culminate in only one child being born.
“Vanishing twin syndrome was first recognized in 1945. This occurs when a twin or multiple disappears in the uterus during pregnancy as a result of a miscarriage of one twin or multiple. The fetal tissue is absorbed by the other twin, multiple, placenta, or the mother. This gives the appearance of a “vanishing twin.”(1)
This has also been studied with ultrasonography (see a sample of referenced articles in the footnote. This is often referred to as womb twin or womb survivors. Research has shown that approximately 1 in 8, or 1 in 10 pregnancies may result in one or more fertilized eggs that ‘vanish’ or do not become a viable fetus.
What Does This Mean to a Womb Survivor?
I first learned about Vanishing Twin syndrome, as it is referred to in studying Three Dimensional Therapy, or T3, as developed by Gwen Legler and Leilani Alexander. In working with a T3 practitioner, I also learned that I had a vanishing twin. It explained so much about how I felt throughout my life, different, alone, always longing for something I could not quite explain, and like something was missing in my life. I no longer feel this way and have T3 to thank for this outcome!
I am amazed as I work with clients with Vanishing Twin Syndrome. The loss of a twin in the womb can have a profound effect on the surviving twin. They are subconsciously aware of their loss. In the womb, the surviving twin keenly feels the loss and often blames themselves or God. This can greatly impact their lives subconsciously after birth, often full of grief, anger, emptiness. We develop faulty core belief systems from the ‘get-go.’ Fortunately, T3 is a valuable tool that can assist us in mitigating and resolving this impact.
A Few Issues that Survivors of Vanishing Twin Syndrome May Suffer with:
- Do you feel like you have been searching for, or missing something all your life?
- Are you mad at God?
- Do you have issues with abandonment?
- Do you have a Lack of Trust in your life?
- Do you sabotage your relationships?
Can T3 Help?
Three Dimensional Therapy (T3) is a powerful tool to help us not only deal with the impact of having a vanishing twin on our lives but to empower us to embrace the possibilities of life. We become aware of the reasons for the feelings, thoughts, emotions, and even behavior we may experience through our lives. Knowledge is a mighty first step in its ability to support us in facing our trials and tribulations.
A faulty core belief system is like a tree with rotten roots. Until we find and remove what is unhealthy and replace it with an empowering core belief system, it undermines everything we want to accomplish in our lives.
Sample negative programming, limiting beliefs or faulty core beliefs found in a Vanishing Twin T3 session:
- Its all my fault
- I am to blame
- I don’t deserve to live
- I don’t deserve to be loved
- Who could love me?
- How could God let this happen to me?
Imagine the impact on you if you carried any one of these beliefs in your subconscious. Imagine the effect it could have on your life. Survivor guilt plagues us without knowing why we feel the way we do.
Wouldn’t you like to be fully present in your life? Release the struggle and unleash your happiness?
Discover if a Three Dimensional Therapy session is right for you. Schedule a Discovery session here.
If you know you have a vanishing twin you may want to schedule your T3 session now.
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1986 Jul;155(1):14-9. doi: 10.1016/0002-9378(86)90068-2.
The “Vanishing Twin”: Ultrasonographic Assessment of Fetal Disappearance in the First Trimester
H J Landy, S Weiner, S L Corson, F R Batzer, R J Bolognese
PMID: 3524235 DOI: 10.1016/0002-9378(86)90068-2
Hum Reprod Update. Mar-Apr 1998;4(2):177-83. doi: 10.1093/humupd/4.2.177.
The Vanishing Twin: A Review, H J Landy 1, L G Keith
PMID: 9683354 DOI: 10.1093/humupd/4.2.177
Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2006 Aug;67(8):417-20. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2006.67.8.21976.