A woman who has been married for 12 years without a child, allegedly gave birth to a set of twins in March this year.
According to the new mother’s niece, Chinenye Sylvia who shared the news on Facebook, the new mother kept complaining of stomach pains after giving birth to her twins, a boy and a girl.
She noticed that her protruding belly was yet to return to normal. Unknown to her, she still had another baby left in her belly.
On June 29, she went into labour again and gave birth to another boy. When her Aunt welcomed the twins, Chinyere shared the news on Facebook:
“I always hear this story or read it on Facebook. But today I’m so surprised it happened to me. Friends rise up and let us thank God who blessed my aunty with set of twin (a boy and a girl) after 12years of marriage…. cheiiiii I call him Jehovah over do, odogwu akataka, nwoke m ji eme onu… if I continue I will not finish… pls call him what you can…. rejoice with me….”
Chinenye Sylvia shared photos of the twin babies and the son who came months after and wrote:
“Cheiiiiiiiiiiii….. remember when I shared the first picture of my aunty that gave birth to twins after 12years of marriage… just yesterday another baby came from same stomach… 3months after… she always complain of her stomach growing instead of going down after giving birth to the twins not knowing that one child is still remaining there.
And the baby boy came forth yesterday which is the 2nd picture. People this is three months after. Since I was born and now am getting old, I have not seen this type of miracle… that is why I call him Jehovah overdo, Omalichachukwu, odogwu, ome ihe nyiri mmadu na omumw, onye ana akpo otu oku oza ugboro iri.
Friends please call him names, and rejoice with me. So my aunty have triplets. 2 boys and a girl…12years after marriage in a miraculous way.
According to Healthline, Superfetation is when a second, new pregnancy occurs during an initial pregnancy. Another ovum (egg) is fertilized by sperm and implanted in the womb days or weeks later than the first one.
Babies born from superfetation are often considered twins since they may be born during the same birth on the same day.
Superfetation is common in other animal species, like fish, hares, and badgers. Its likelihood of occurring in humans is controversial. It’s considered extremely rare.
There are only a few cases of supposed superfetation in the medical literature. Most cases occurred in woman undergoing fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
For Superfetation to happen successfully, three very unlikely events need to take place:
- Ovulation (release of on ovum by an ovary) during an ongoing pregnancy. This is incredibly unlikely because hormones released during pregnancy function to prevent further ovulation.
- The second ovum must be fertilized by a sperm cell. This is also unlikely because once a woman is pregnant, their cervix forms a mucus plug that blocks the passage of sperm. This mucus plug is the result of elevations of hormones produced in pregnancy.
- The fertilized egg needs to implant in an already pregnant womb. This would be difficult because implantation requires the release of certain hormones that wouldn’t be released if a woman were already pregnant. There is also the issue of having enough space for another embryo.
The chances of these three unlikely events occurring simultaneously seem nearly impossible.
This is why, of the few cases of potential superfetation reported in the medical literature, most have been in women undergoing fertility treatments.
Superfetation may be suspected when a doctor notices that twin fetuses are growing at different rates in the womb. During an ultrasound test, a doctor will see that the two fetuses are different sizes. This is called growth discordance.
Still, a doctor probably won’t diagnose a woman with superfetation after seeing that the twins are different in size. This is because there are several more common explanations for growth discordance.
One example is when the placenta isn’t able to sufficiently support both fetuses (placental insufficiency). Another explanation is when blood is unevenly distributed between the twins (twin-to-twin transfusion).