The Hush Post: It’s a rare phenomenon but it can happen. A woman can still get pregnant while she is already pregnant.
Sometimes it is asked by women that can they get pregnant while they are already pregnant? The answer to this question is in affirmative. But obviously there is more to it than that, a report said.
It is called superfetation and it occurs when a woman’s egg is fertilised by a sperm, while another fertilised egg is already growing in the womb. But biologically speaking, this is not supposed to happen, the report said.
Connie Hedmark, an obstetrician from Michigan, told BabyCentre : “Pregnancy hormones usually shut down a woman’s system, making it impossible for her to ovulate during her pregnancy. This is why superfetation is so remarkable.”
So the question arises why it happens?
No one knows why this happens, but some believe it occurs when implantation of the first embryo is delayed preventing a spike in hormones. The lack of knowledge on the subject is probably because it’s so rare.
Researchers into superfetation have so far only been able to find around 10 cases of it happening. However there may be many more case with twins that have been born, as experts believe the phenomenon is just not recognised widely enough, the report said.
So what happens to the babies thus conceived?
The two babies will be born at the same time, but depending on when the embryos started to grow will depend on the difference between the two. They will be of different sizes and have different ages.
Julia Grovenburg from Arkansas is one woman who has experienced this phenomenon first hand. She and her husband Todd were desperate to have a baby and they conceived one. However just two and a half weeks later, they conceived another – the odds of which are millions to one. She gave birth to both at the same time, the report said.
“In our doctor’s 30 years of experience, he’d never seen anything like it. Which as a first-time mum didn’t exactly make me feel comfortable. Nobody could answer my questions and I didn’t even know what to ask. No one had witnessed this type of pregnancy before,” Mirror Online quoted her saying in 2011.