Science makes a lot of remarkable things possible in the world of pregnancy — from single men becoming parents via IVF to at least three simultaneous Kardashian-Jenner babies-to-be.
But none of us were prepared for this marvel of surrogacy science: While carrying a surrogate pregnancy for a Chinese couple, California mom Jessica Allen became pregnant with her own biological kid too.
Yep, one pregnancy, two totally unrelated “twins.”
“I didn’t even know I was pregnant with [my own bio baby],” Allen explained to ABC News. “I carried my own child, and I didn’t know he was mine.”
The process by which a fluke like this can happen is called superfetation, and it means that after Allen became pregnant with the couple’s implanted embryo, she continued to ovulate. Thus, she was able to conceive and give birth to her biological son, all the while assuming he was one half of a split implanted embryo.
“The chance of an embryo splitting is very small, but it does happen,” Allen explained to ABC. “I was very surprised.”
The “twin” pregnancy went as planned, and Allen said goodbye to the babies shortly after their birth. It wasn’t until she saw photos of them later in the year that she realized what must have happened.
“One was much lighter than the other,” Allen, who is white, explained. She said it was obvious the babies “were not identical twins” from a split implanted embryo. One looked Asian like its parents; the other looked mixed-race, much like Allen’s other kids with her husband Wardell Jasper, who is black.
After what Allen describes as an emotional court case, she and her husband were able to obtain custody of their biological child. We can only imagine how harrowing it must have been for the boy’s quasi-adoptive parents to lose a child they had assumed was theirs, but it’s clear Allen and her family are providing him with a home filled with love.
Allen told ABC they named the baby Malachi and that “[h]e’s just so smart, so intelligent. He’s learning fast. He’s got two big brothers to run after and learn from… We treasure Malachi with all our hearts.”
Culled from http://www.sheknows.com/