An already pregnant woman has become pregnant again while another woman has given birth to a 19-pound baby. Given the rarity of the situations as well as the close timing of the two stories, Mother Nature certainly has a sense of humor.
Pregnant Woman Becomes Pregnant Again: Superfetation
The first story occurred today in Arkansas when Julia Grovenburg learned that she was pregnant with another baby in spite of already being pregnant with her first. During an ultrasound, the doctor noticed that there was another baby forming in her womb. Island Crisis explains this phenomenon as “superfetation.” With twins, ovulation occurs at almost the same time. For pregnant Julia Grovenburg, however, one baby had already reached a certain gestational age while the other was in a much earlier stage of development.
The first baby is due in December while the second in mid January. However, giving birth to the first child could cause premature delivery of the second. It is quite rare for a pregnant woman to become pregnant again.
Woman Delivers 19-Pound Baby Boy
The second story took place today when an Indonesian woman gave birth to a 19-pound baby. To be precise, the baby weighed 19.2 pounds and was 2 feet long. The woman gave birth to the 19-pound baby boy via Caesarean section. According to MSNBC, this is a weight record for newborns in Indonesia. However, it falls short of the 1873 record when a mother gave birth to a 23-pound baby boy.
Ani, the mother, will certainly have her hands full with this 19-pound baby. He reportedly has an extraordinarily strong appetite. And when he cries, it’s much louder than that of a normally-sized baby. Given that she has “more to love” with this 19-pound baby, it’s not likely she’d want to become pregnant again for awhile.
Mother Nature’s Sense of Humor
We’ve seen cases of pregnancies that seem to defy nature. In Italy, Rosanna della Corte had a baby at age 63 while England’s Elizabeth Munro became pregnant by IVF at age 66. The world watched with fascination as Nadya Suleman delivered her octuplets. Meanwhile, celebrity-watchers continue to be intrigued by the bitter divorce battles of octoparents Jon and Kate Gosselin.
Cases like the pregnant woman who became pregnant again and the mother who gave birth to a 19-pound baby remind us of Mother Nature’s strange sense of humor. Of course, I doubt the women involved saw the humor in these situations, as they were the ones who actually had to deliver them. Hopefully their children will be healthy and happy.
Pregnant Woman Gets Pregnant Again – Superfetation, Island Crisis
Whoa, baby! Woman delivers 19-pound boy, MSNBC