Have you ever heard about the woman who had hiccups, day and night, for the last five months of her pregnancy? The woman even hiccuped all the way through her delivery. Yes, that may sound awkward and false but that has happened once.
And not just this, there are few other cases that we're going to see in the article. These cases may range from ladies having an unending labour pain to some getting pregnant while already being pregnant.
Many other things and cases have happened in various parts of the world that you may be unaware of! But, not anymore because I've got some serious things on the plate today for you. And I want you to take a look at all these cases and be amused by the things that exist in the world.
So let's not wait anymore and get started.
All labours seem long when you're the one in labour. Still, some are unquestionably longer than others. Consider the average active labor which should last 6 to 12 hours for first-time moms, 3 to 6 hours for veterans and then consider the experience of Jenny Montgomery, of Saint Charles, IL, who was in active labor for 22 hours with her second baby, and then had to wait another 7 hours before she was ready to push out.
"I went into active labour at nine o'clock on a Monday night, and had only progressed one centimetre to five centimetres halfway there by Tuesday evening," remembers Montgomery. She went into the hospital the next morning, where she was found to be completely dilated at 10 centimetres within a half-hour of arriving.
And then, she says nothing happened. So she and her husband, David, and the doctor simply waited for her to feel the urge to push. Meanwhile, she had painful contractions every few minutes for the next 7 hours. Finally, by early afternoon, she felt the urge to push, and after 45 minutes the only way in which her labour was average delivered a healthy, and impressively large, 9-pound, 15-ounce boy.
"I must be made to have babies," says Jennifer Shuart, a Rochester Hills, MI, mom who has given birth to heavier and heavier babies with each of her three children. The first was 8 pounds, 15 ounces; the second 9 pounds, 14 ounces; and the last, 10 pounds, 15 ounces. This means her third child was 50 percent bigger than the average full-term baby, which generally weighs in at 7 pounds.
Nevertheless, the third baby's notable heft did not seem to affect Shuart's labour: "Three pushes and he was out," she says. "No epidurals or anything. When people saw him and heard I had him vaginally, they couldn't believe it. He was just humongous. He looked like a monster compared with the other babies in the nursery."
One study estimates that as many as 1 in 400 sets of fraternal twins is "bipaternal." But, how is it even possible? Simple: Two eggs from the same mother get fertilized by two different fathers within the same ovulation period.
It's only logical, then, that when a woman has sex with more than one man while she's fertile, "heteropaternal superfecundation" can occur. That is, each egg can be fertilized by a different father. Like any siblings, twins who have the same father can look completely different from each other. They may even appear to be of different races.
A rare case of a woman becoming pregnant while already pregnant has occurred in the US, with a mother unwittingly giving birth to 'twins' who were not conceived at the same time. In an even more unlikely twist, four distinct parents were ultimately involved in producing her two babies, as the woman in question, California resident Jessica Allen, was acting as a surrogate for a Chinese couple when she became pregnant a second time via her own partner.
The pregnancy proceeded smoothly, until at six weeks, during a routine ultrasound, Allen's doctors noticed she was actually carrying two fetuses, not one. Allen went on to deliver what she thought were identical twin boys via cesarean section, and while she never got to hold or meet the children in the hospital, a photo she was shown indicated something was up.
Weeks later, while the mother was still recovering from the C-section, a DNA test confirmed that one of the babies was a genetic match for the Chinese couple, but the other child had Allen and Jasper's genes.
Silver Spring, MD, mom Anna Rudnick (name has been changed) wondered about the activity in her belly when she was carrying her second child: "It just seemed to be too much for one baby." But it wasn't until she was on the delivery table that she found out why. "I had just delivered when I started having contractions again. The doctor was stitching up my episiotomy, but I knew I was feeling more than just the afterbirth. I handed my husband the first baby, and the doctor delivered her twin."
Discerning two heartbeats is actually more difficult than it might seem. Since the heartbeat of just a single fetus can be heard in different places on the woman's abdomen, two different rates of heartbeat have to be heard in order for the doctor or midwife to know that there are two hearts to hear. This leaves ultrasound as the best way to know for certain if you'll be doing double parental duty. But even the best high-tech equipment could miss a twin who's hiding behind her sibling.
That's all folks!
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