SHE was left stunned when the doctor told her that she was having twins.
So when one mum-to-be was told that her babies were also conceived five days apart, it took her some time to process the information.
She took to TikTok to share her story, as she explained: “I conceived my twins five days apart.
“And if you didn’t think that was possible, honestly me either.
“And the only reason I found this out is because during their first ultrasound, the doctor let me know that they were measuring differently and that they were conceived five days apart from each other.
“Honestly, I didn’t really process that information because I was just in shock that I was having twins.
“And then later I was just a little confused.”
She went on to say that she had thought for her “whole life” that twins were conceived “at the same time”, or that the “egg split into two”.
“But I didn’t know you can conceive babies days or even a few weeks apart,” she said.
“So we were trying to make a baby – we made Imelda not knowing that Leo was already in there.
“For some context, this was in 2020 during the lockdown, so me and my husband had nothing but time.
“We had also recently experienced a pregnancy loss, so we were trying to conceive a baby.
How can twins be conceived on different days?
The phenomenon, in which two fertilised eggs are implanted in the uterus at different times, is known as “superfetation”.
While babies born from superfetation are not technically twins, they are often considered twins as they are often born during the same birth, on the same day.
Superfetation is extremely rare, with Dr. Lisa Thiel, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Spectrum Health in Michigan, previously explaining that there are only a few confirmed cases.
“The reason this is so rare is because hormones are released by the woman’s body to prevent further ovulation and a thick mucous is created at the cervix to prevent any further sperm from entering the uterus at that time,” she told TODAY Parents.
“And I guess we tried a little too hard.”
Despite the shock of having twins, the mum added that she’s “grateful and very thankful for the outcome”.
But she concluded: “I did have somebody comment under one of my videos, saying that they conceived 13 days apart.
“I also had somebody say that they conceived from two different people a few days apart.
“So be careful out there!”
People quickly filled the comments section as they weighed in on her story, with one writing: “As a current med student hearing about this makes my brain explode with happiness bc I learned how this happens.
“Embryo was a hard class but amazing!”
“the 2 different ppl is wild,” another added.
“But I didn’t know u can conceive twins days apart!! tik tok teaches me something new everyday.”
“Yes mine are 14 days apart both girls two different dads try explaining that,” a third laughed.
While someone else wrote: “Oh heck naw!!! Now I have a new thing to worry about.”