Pregnancy

Mind blown: you can get DOUBLE pregnant!

Listen very carefully ladies: You can get pregnant when you are ALREADY pregnant!

And there’s even a name for it…

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Double pregnancy

Just because you’re already pregnant it does not mean you can’t get pregnant again.

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Yep, in a recent section of The New York Times, a reader asked, “Can a woman have two foetuses in different stages of development in the uterus at the same time?”

And the short answer was YES!

More about superfetation

Double pregnancy has a name – it’s known as superfetation.

But before all you expecting mums start running for the hills, fear not – it’s extremely rare!

The odd phenomenon occurs when a woman continues to ovulate after becoming pregnant for the first time. A pregnant woman releases an egg a few weeks into her pregnancy and the second egg is fertilised.

“Typically, hormonal changes prevent further ovulation and thicken the lining of the uterus to preclude a second embryo from attaching,” it was explained in the article.

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Previous cases

In 1960, a couple had what the nurse mistakenly identified as twins boys at Mt. Sinai hospital in California. But they soon realised that the first baby, who was born five minutes before his brother, looked premature. 

Similarly, in 2009 a couple from Arkansas fell pregnant for a second time after conceiving two and a half weeks earlier. If both children were carried to term, they would have been born a month apart.

Meanwhile, in 2015, a couple from Brisbane conceived two baby girls 10 days apart.

It is believed only 10 cases of the phenomenon have been documented across the world.

The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothies

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Are you currently pregnant? Then you should try our yummy Healthy Mummy Pregnancy smoothie.

The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie is designed to complement, not replace, your prenatal vitamin intake. Our nutritionists ensured that the vitamins and minerals in the smoothie are at a low level so there is no risk of doubling up on any pregnancy vitamins.

It is ideal as a high-protein, high-calcium snack in pregnancy. You can download the Pregnancy Smoothie Label here.

To purchase yours, click here.

*Please note that The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy range promotes healthy weight gain in pregnancy*

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.