A woman in the UK recently gave birth to two children at the same time, but their pregnancy was three weeks apart. Rebecca Roberts gave birth to so-called “super twins” in September after receiving fertility treatment, which allowed her to become pregnant twice and have children at the same time.
Roberts told CBS News that she and her husband, Rhys, had been trying to conceive for more than a year, and at the age of 38, she was worried that she would not be able to get pregnant because of her age. The couple went to a fertility clinic in Bath, England, and Roberts took a drug to help her ovulate.
Roberts told CBS News via email: “In the first cycle I took the drug, we were pregnant.”
She said: “This is the fun part.” “I found a second child when I scanned for 12 weeks.”
She said: “I have done two scans in the 7th and 10th week, and I only saw Noah on both occasions.”
Roberts said: “I was very shocked, I was not real at all. I lay on the sofa and did a good job, otherwise I would faint on the floor.” “I’m really lucky, but also so shocked.”
Roberts couldn’t believe that she was pregnant twice, but she soon learned the rare thing about twins. She said: “When I learned that pregnancy was an overpregnancy, it was amazing.” “I mean, suddenly I had twins, and now these super rare twins. It’s amazing. “
Super fertility refers to fertilization during pregnancy and fertilization of the second child.
According to Twins Research Australia, her twins are DZ or fraternal twins. Twins occur when two eggs are released during a single ovulation and are fertilized by two different sperm. DZ twins have the same genetic relationship as non-twin siblings.
However, Roberts’ twins are not the typical DZ twins conceived at the same time. According to a study published in Emery and Rimoin’s Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics in 2013, they were considered “super twins” because two different eggs were fertilized at different times.
There are other situations for super twins, including the situation where one twin is white and the other is black. According to another study, the size and development of twins at birth are significantly inconsistent.
In fact, when twins are born with significantly different body shapes, this may be due to different gestational ages because they are super twins conceived at different times.
This is the case with Roberts’ twins. Noah weighs 4 pounds and 10 ounces, and Rosalie weighs 2 pounds and 7 ounces.
Both twins are in the neonatal intensive care unit of Bath Royal United Hospital, but Rosalie’s placenta is small and does not grow so long, so she has to stay in the hospital longer. Until this week, the NICU nurse was still watching Rosalie.
Roberts said that her twins are very rare and there are few reports in the literature, adding that she believes this is the 14th case of twins in the world.
The mother decided to record her pregnancy on Instagram to share more information about the super twins.
She said: “My pregnancy is very difficult.” “There was a doctor who speculated that something went wrong with Rosalie. She might not be able to survive at birth. They tested me for the virus and infection because I thought it might be Rosalie’s. The reason, but the test is completely clear.”
She said pregnancy is more difficult because the UK is in lockdown and her husband cannot date her due to the pandemic.
Roberts said: “The doctor told us that they will be born on the same day and I need a C-section. Because of the huge risk of infection, they cannot be born separately.” “This is strange because Rosalie’s due date is Noah’s third. In a week.”
Roberts said: “When the baby was born, we did a lot of tests to find out the genetic cause of Rosalie’s small genetic cause, and then she came back. So my consultant said it was a super-pregnancy, just Like he was diagnosed at first.” Said.
The new mother continued to post updates on Noah and Rosalie on her Instagram account, who were born two minutes apart on September 17. Roberts hopes to share the story of her super twins to show others that “anything is possible.”
She said: “This shouldn’t have happened, but it does. The female body is amazing.”