Can A Woman Get Pregnant After Getting Pregnant? Science Says Yes
Can you actually get pregnant when you are already pregnant? Well, it might sound absurd and many may shake their head saying no, not at all but believe it or not, you can. That may still sound like science fiction but science says that if a woman is pregnant, she can conceive again. It is possible through a process called superfetation, a term that itself sounds alien-like but it is a process where the conception of a fetus is possible with another one. Let’s see how.
1The process is called superfetation
Superfetation is a rare process where a female can get pregnant with another fetus even when she is already carrying one. This could result in twins with different gestational ages and which could also result in the babies being born on two different dates.
2The occurrence of a second embryo in presence of a developing one
The process of superfetation is described as a simultaneous occurrence of more than one stage of pregnancy in the same animal or person. In mammals, it results in the presence of an embryo when one is already developing in the fetus. It is common in certain species of mammals but in humans, it can only happen if there are two uteri or if the estrous cycle continues through pregnancy.
3Rare in humans
The incidence of superfetation is rare and unlikely in humans although cases have been reported. It could also occur in a differential growth between twins due to reasons like twin to twin transfusion syndrome where twins share the same placenta. There have also been cases of artificially induced superfetation for short periods only.
4The case of Jessica Allen
It was reported in 2017 that an American woman delivered two babies when she offered to be a surrogate for a Chinese couple. But when the couple returned to China, they found that one of the babies was actually the biological child of the surrogate. It was confirmed by doctors that the birth mother was pregnant with her partner’s child three weeks after becoming pregnant with the child intended for the couple.