Woman gives birth to 2 babies, not twins
A US woman shocked the world with an unusual pregnancy when she became pregnant twice within two weeks and gave birth on the same day yet - medically speaking – they were not considered twins.Updated: Jul 01, 2011 13:47 IST
After struggling with infertility for three years, Julia Grovenburg and her husband Todd had been trying so hard to conceive that she actually became pregnant while she was already pregnant.
Grovenburg's pregnancy was eventually identified as ‘superfetation’, meaning two babies are conceived at different times, born on the same day but are not considered twins.
“When Todd and I first decided to have children I was really looking forward to being pregnant,” the Daily Mail quoted Grovenburg, who lives in Fort Smith Arkansas.
“I wanted the baby clothes and the congratulations cards and I wanted to get that pregnancy glow everyone always bragged about.
“But instead of flowers and balloons, news of my pregnancy came with sympathy cards and prayers. For while I couldn't be happier that I was finally able to have a baby, pregnancy was the most stressful time of my life because no one, not even my doctors, knew what to expect."It's common knowledge and written down in medical books that you can't get pregnant while you're already pregnant, but somehow after years of trying to conceive I was the exception to the rule.
“I got pregnant twice in two weeks,” she added.
After a very stressful yet normal pregnancy, Grovenburg gave birth by Caesarean section to two healthy babies, Jillian and Hudson, on December 2, 2010.
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First Published: Jul 01, 2011 12:50 IST