A British mum was shocked when she fell pregnant with her daughter – when she was already carrying another baby.
Rebecca Roberts conceived baby Noah three weeks before she fell pregnant for a second time.
She experienced a rare phenomenon called “superfetation”, which happens when an extra egg is released during ovulation.
This allows conception to happened more than once, which occurred in the 39-year-old’s case.
After conceiving the babies three weeks apart, the proud mum gave birth via C-section with her husband Rhys Roberts, 43, by her side.
Rebecca said: "We feel really lucky, it's so lucky to have twins anyway but to have such special twins, it's so lovely, it's wonderful, they are a blessing."
Having twins has been a huge surprise to Rebecca, who didn’t know until she had her 12-week scan.
She said: "I had two previous scans which showed Noah, she must have just been embedded.
"I had just been having a conversation with the sonographer about my previous scan so she was aware that I was only having one baby so she was so silent, I thought something awful had happened because she didn't say anything.
"Then she looked at me and said did you know you're expecting twins.
"My heart skipped a beat, I actually said to her is his real?”
Rebecca continued: "She couldn't get any measurements of the little baby because she was so small so she got me to go out into the car park and jump around to try and get the baby to move a bit.”
Rhys, who was waiting for his partner outside due to coronavirus restrictions, was equally flabbergasted to hear the news.
Rebecca said: "He didn't believe me until he looked at the pictures and said nothing.
"He saw twin one and twin two on the picture and he was just as shocked as me.
"It blew us both away."
Rebecca’s consultant realised the mystery twin must have appeared due to superfetation.
The mum said: "I didn't even know that existed. Even my midwife found it baffling.
"It was a massive shock finding out about the twins so we waited until they were born to find out about their gender."
Noah, 4lb 10oz and Rosalie 2lb 7oz were born on the 17th of September and the mum-of-three was then taken to St Michael's Hospital in Bristol for 95 days to get her strength back.
The baby boy stayed in Bath hospital for three weeks and three days before he was brought home to meet his 14-year-old sister Summer.
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Rebecca added: "It was such a relief as we were always worried that something terrible would happen to Rosalie as she was so much smaller.
"I was really really nervous during the birth but when they were born they showed them too which was amazing.
"After they sewed me up they took to me to NICU to see them which was lovely.
"They were just beautiful, especially Rosalie she was so small her nappy came up to her armpits.”
Doting mum Rebecca documents their progress at home on her Instagram @roberts.supertwins.
She added: "It was amazing to finally have them all home.
"It was hard work going between hospitals to see them for a while but when they finally home was fantastic.
"It was everything we wished for it was a relied.
"It is hard work having twins but now having the family is together is amazing
"Our lives started then after so much worry and we feel like the luckiest parents ever."
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