The vagaries of nature can leave us speechless, how often can superfetation happen? It can happen to you too even if you are not using your belly for someone else.
Surrogacy is a common practice in some countries. In New York, a mother who offered to carry another couple’s baby in her womb became pregnant in full pregnancy and had to endure an uphill emotional battle for the Law to finally give her her child. She had given birth to twins, one was the son of a Chinese couple, while the other was their biological son. A miracle of nature known as superfetation.
According to the New York Post, Jessica is a young mother of two who decided to volunteer as a surrogate mother to help with the household finances and to finish paying for her own house. However, although a family of Chinese origin paid more than $30,000 for Jessica to carry the baby in her womb, what happened next was surprising and led to a fierce battle between the parties.
One pregnancy, two mothers
When Jessica got pregnant with the embryo from the Chinese marriage, expectations on both sides were very high and everyone was happy because the embryo was growing properly. They thought it was only one baby, but when they saw the fetal scan, the doctor told them there were two.
The biological mother of the baby that Jessica carried in her womb was surprised but at the same time excited, since it was not expected that they were two children. However, what they did not know until a long time later was that one of those babies was the biological child of Jessica and her husband Wardell.
This confusion would have been discovered much earlier if the woman had kept her promise to let Jessica spend the first hour of her life in contact with the babies. That didn’t happen, and Jessica couldn’t even see the children’s faces at the end of the cesarean section. The day after the birth, the woman showed up in Jessica’s hospital room and very quickly showed her a photo of both babies on her mobile phone. And Jessica had the surprise of her life.
I said, Wow! They look different, “Jessica said , according to The Sun. And in truth, they looked different. While one baby had the Asian features of her parents, the other had the African American features, as did Jessica’s husband. What happened there was that, indeed, one was the biological son of the Chinese couple, while the other was the biological son of Jessica and Wandrell, her husband.
The great difference in the physical appearance of the twins had been spinning in Jessica’s head. Her suspicions were on the rise when about twenty days after the babies were born, their supposed mother sent Jessica a photo and said, “They don’t look the same, do they?”
Then the inquiries began. A DNA test was done on both babies and found that one of them was the biological child of the Asian couple and the other was Jessica’s child. Now, the lady no longer wanted that child that was not hers, and Jessica was fighting for the law to grant it.
The Asian couple were demanding financial compensation for what happened, but Jessica and her husband had already spent the money on the new house. Eventually the fertilizer company took over and Jessica didn’t have to put any money out of her pocket.
The negotiations ended with a pleasant ending, as the little boy, whom they called Malachi, was able to return to his true home when he was two and a half months old. He had been put in transit and his legal mother, who was so far the woman of Chinese origin, was about to put him up for adoption. Finally, the Justice recognized that as Jessica’s biological son, she could return home to her mother.
The miracle of life
Today, Jessica tells her story to educate other people who undergo surrogacy, and that the miracles of life do not always follow the legal course that human beings expect.
“I do not regret being a surrogate mother because that would mean regretting my son. I only hope that other women who are considering surrogacy can learn from my story , “Jessica said , according to The Sun.
Getting pregnant, being pregnant
In popular jargon, this is what happened to Jessica, who had already been implanted with an embryo and yet managed to get pregnant at the same time with her own child. How could it happen?
It is assumed that when a woman becomes pregnant, the same hormones prevent her from getting pregnant again. However, this phenomenon happens, and is called superfetacion. This condition is understood as another conception during an already ongoing pregnancy. According to the Very Interesting site, although it is extremely rare in humans, this phenomenon appears frequently among some animals such as rodents, horses, and sheep.
It is precisely about having twins with different gestational ages, which can be a few days or a few weeks. Superfection occurs when two eggs are fertilized by two different sperm, according to the Children’s Guide site , and it would be a reproductive block error, since the body should have blocked the ovaries so that they no longer ovulate, but that does not happen . The difference between a multiple pregnancy and superfetation is that, in the latter, the fertilized eggs come from different menstrual cycles.
Superfeeding can be a “biological error” but without a doubt for many women in the world it is a true miracle of life. And you, did you know this type of pregnancy as rare as it is unique?