In a rare case, an American woman became pregnant when she was already pregnant and gave birth to twins in the space of six minutes. After suffering three miscarriages following the birth of her first child, the 30-year-old from Texas is said to have had this “miracle” pregnancy. In medical terms, the condition is called superfetation – in which a new pregnancy occurs during a first pregnancy a few days or weeks after the first, depending on Health line.
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In another recent case, a California woman became pregnant when she was already Pregnant – resulting in the birth of twin babies. The woman had previously agreed to be a gestational surrogate for a Chinese couple, but soon discovered she was pregnant with non-identical twins. The tests showed that the two children had two different sets of parents.
Here’s everything you need to know about superfetation.
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How’s it going ?
In general, ovulation in women is restricted right after conception and only reopens after the current pregnancy cycle ends. In addition, certain hormonal changes do not allow another embryo to develop. But in rare cases, ovulation stays open for a few days after women conceive. If during this period (within 10 days) these women have sexual intercourse, then another fetus and its development may occur. It’s more like extra ovulation, explained Dr. Ruby Sehra, Senior Gynecology Consultant, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute.
Agreed with Dr. Surabhi Siddhartha, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Motherhood Hospital Kharghar and said that in such cases, two sperm cells fertilize with the egg cells. Having sex after the pregnancy test is positive in the ovulation cycle can lead to such cases, and there is no way to prevent this condition.
She added: “Usually the thin layer of the endometrial line does not allow another fetus to enter the already developing embryo, but in rare cases it manages to cross it and begins to develop. Therefore, children born from such a condition are twins but not identical.
Is there a risk for the mother or the child?
Although it is one of the rarest of a rare sickness, which carries virtually no risk to the mother, the risk of having a premature baby is high, according to Dr. Sehra. This may be because while one baby is ready to be born, the other may be developing in the womb.
What measures can we follow?
“Opt for a safer solution pregnancy. This means that supportive medication due to both pregnancies should be taken and the woman should be closely monitored due to the double weight of the pregnancies,” Dr. Surabhi explained. In particular, couples who choose to parent through surrogacy should be more aware of its safe procedure,” Dr. Sehra said.