What it's like to be pregnant and little
Parents Dan and Michelle Hamill along with their son and twin daughters are all little people - all five family members have achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism.
TLC follows their life in the new series "Our Little Family" airing Tuesdays at 10/9c. Both parents are proud little people who are even more thrilled their kids (Jack, Cate and CeCe) are little just like them; however, growing up in an average-sized world has its complications, and they know the road ahead for their children is not going to be easy.
In addition to the challenges of living in an average-sized world, being pregnant as a little person presents a unique set of risks.
As Michelle explains, "When two little people have kids, they have a fifty percent chance that the baby will be little ... a 25 percent chance that the baby will be average-sized ...then a 25 percent chance that the baby will inherit the dwarfism gene from both [parents]. And if the baby inherits the gene from both of us, they call it a double dominant baby, and after its born it doesn't live very long. And that's pretty scary."
In addition to the threat of double dominance, a serious blood clot was discovered developing in Michelle's womb between twins, CeCe and Cate. Luckily, the blood clot did not grow as the pregnancy progressed, and the couple subsequently gave birth to a set of healthy and happy baby girls.
"All my dreams have come true. I could definitely not ask for anything more in life. I have three beautiful miracles."
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