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A woman got pregnant while already pregnant, and delivered ‘super twins’ on the same day

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A woman got pregnant while already pregnant, and delivered 'super twins'

A UK woman got pregnant while already pregnant, an extremely rare phenomenon called superfetation.

A pregnant body releases h0rmones to prevent conception, but fertility treatments can interfere.

The woman delivered the “super twins” in September, and the younger one spent 95 days in the NICU.

For years, Rebecca Roberts and her partner Rhys Weaver struggled with infertility. Then, last year, with the help of fertility medications, Roberts found out she was pregnant – and, while pregnant, got pregnant again.

“This is not supposed to happen at all, especially in humans,” Roberts said on her Instagram page.

But Roberts said she feels lucky it happened to her, delivering her so called “super twins,” who were born on the same day but conceived three weeks apart, in September.

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She is only one of a handful of known cases of “superfetation,” and may hold the record for longest time between conceptions. Past cases include women who conceived again 10 days after becoming pregnant the first time.

Holding that title, Roberts said on social media, “is really cool.”

Three highly unlikely events have to occur for a superfetation to be possible

Superfetation occurs when a second egg is fertilised by spe_rm and implants in the ute_rus after another fertilised egg has already done so.

 

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It’s nearly impossible, though, because when someone gets pregnant, their bodies release horm0nes to prevent ovuIation, or the release of another egg. Their bodies also block spe_rm from entering the cervlx, and release h0rmones to inhibit a second fertilised egg from implanting in the ute_rine wall.

All three of those mechanisms have to go wrong for superfetation to occur,

usually due to fertility treatments, Healthline explains. Roberts said her fertility medications influenced her ovuIlation, allowing her to ovuIate again three weeks after her first c0nception.

Superfetation comes with risks since the foetuses are growing at different stages of the pregnancy. Roberts was told her younger child, who they’ve since named Rosalie, might not survive, according to Good Morning America.

“What came after getting pregnant was just such incredible hard work,” Roberts told GMA. “It wasn’t all happy and rainbows like you expect a pregnancy to be. It was quite scary.”

Roberts was induced at 33 weeks because a problem with Rosalie’s umbilical cord prevented her from growing properly.

Roberts’ son, Noah, weighed 2.1kg, and Rosalie weighed 1.1kg. Both children spent time in the NICU.

Right before Christmas, the whole family was reunited at home. They’re all doing well.

“Our babies are absolutely amazing,” Roberts said on Instagram. “They are really special and I just feel so happy that I’m their mom and I get to share this amazing journey with them.”

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