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Woman Gives Birth to Twins, Didn't Know She Was Pregnant

Iowa woman Shelby Magnani gives birth to rare set of twins, unaware she was pregnant

Shelby Magnani of Iowa was having some pretty terrible and mysterious stomach pains last Thursday, but she couldn’t put her finger on the cause. So intense was her cramping, that Shelby rushed herself to the doctor in hopes someone could rid her of her pain.

Two hours later, they did, but not in any way she could have expected. Shelby was six months pregnant with twins, she suddenly learned—and they needed to come out now.

Before she could catch her bearings, Shelby was face-to-face with her new baby girls, whom she promptly named Anna and Ava. What’s more, her babies just so happened to be monoamniotic twins, which is one of the rarest kinds there are.

"About one to two percent of all pregnancies are twins but even rarer than that is monoamniotic twins," explains Dr. Jennifer Krupp of the Perinatal Center of Iowa. "They have one placenta and one amniotic sac and both of those twins share the placenta as well as the sac."

Making Ava and Anna's arrival even more amazing is the fact that monoamniotic twins only have a 50 percent survival rate, due to the complications that often result from sharing a sac and placenta.

"It’s pretty nuts, still sinking in," said Shelby’s fiancé, James Croskey. According to the Mail Online, the newbie dad was “both shocked and elated” to hear the news.

Photograph by WHO

For now, though, the couple is rejoicing in the fact that their little "miracle" twins even survived.

“I’m still trying to process,” said Shelby. “It’s crazy how high risk mono-mono twins can be, and how good they’re doing now, it’s really a blessing."

The premature babies were each born at four and three pounds, but are said to be doing well and should be out of the hospital within a few weeks.

As for their parents, both Croskey and Magnani are trying to figure out how to pay for their two new bundles of joy. Both are still in school at Des Moines Area Community College, where they're working towards the same degree in automotive technology. Their dream, they say, is to open their own business once they graduate. (Looks like they’ll have two helpers in a few years.)

Friends and family have since set up a fund on GiveForward.com to help them pay for everything from medical bills to diapers. You can donate right here.

Photos via Facebook/WHO TV

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