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Remembering the woman who got pregnant again while she was still pregnant

In this article, we are going to be remembering a rare pregnant situation of a woman that put to bed. Her case was so rare, that even her doctors was pretty much stumped on encountering it —that he had to google it to find medical literature related to the phenomenon.

It was a case of a woman in Australia who had two baby girls on the same day—but they weren’t twins. Kate Hill’s 10-month-old daughters, Charlotte and Olivia, were conceived 10 days apart, meaning Hill got pregnant when she was already pregnant.

The phenomenon, which is known as “superfetation,” which is very rare, it happens when someone who is pregnant manages to conceive again after an entirely different sperm and egg join together.

For some context on how this differs from twins, identical twins form when one fertilized egg splits into two. Fraternal twins happen when two separate eggs are fertilized by two separate sperm. Although that sounds similar to superfetation, fraternal twin embryos are the same gestational age—embryos conceived through superfetation aren’t. Since Hill got pregnant on two different days, the fetuses developed at different rates—and even though they were born on the same day, they technically had different due dates.

The woman was quoted saying “I had fallen pregnant and my body had spontaneously released another egg, giving the embryos different gestational ages, what makes this case even more rare is that my husband and I only had intercourse one time [in the possible time period of conceiving the girls]—his sperm stayed alive for 10 days to fertilize the second egg released.”

There are only 10 medically documented cases of superfetation in the world.

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