Look, I don’t care how gluten-free Astrid from the moms group tries to spin it, being pregnant is the fucking worst. Aside from spending the whole time waiting for it to be over as you suffer in the key of queasy hemorrhoids, the only other bit of peace you can find solace in is that once your oven is sufficiently bunned out, you can’t get pregnant again.
Well, sit down honey, because this is gonna be a wild ride.
One woman in the UK is living out my personal nightmare, as she found herself a rare medical miracle that got pregnant again while she was ALREADY PREGNANT. Rebecca Roberts from Wiltshire, England found herself overjoyed to be pregnant with a single baby that had a healthy heartbeat at her first ultrasound. Then at her 12-week sonogram, there was a shocking new development: A new baby that is. One that was showing a different gestational age than the first.
This extremely rare condition is called superfetation, and has only been recorded a handful of times EVER. Roberts’ doctor was able to diagnose the condition only by monitoring the rate of growth of both babies, noting that the second was right on track, just a few weeks behind the first. WILD!
Usually, when woman gets pregnant her body and hormones start shutting shit down so that it isn’t possible to get pregnant again while you’re in incubator mode. In this case, Roberts released another egg that was fertilized, allowing for another pregnancy to occur. When you think of all the things that have to go “right” for a pregnancy to be viable, this is truly miraculous.
Roberts had been struggling with infertility prior to this, so she was given a double blessing in this case, albeit in a very unexpected way. She wound up giving birth to both babies by c-section, and they are safe and healthy now after some special care and a long stay in the ICU. So ultimately this story is a happy one, even if it may just strike fear into the hearts of those of us who hate being knocked up.