by Jeanne Sager
Giving birth to twins may not seem like it's big news. After all, there are more twins being born in America than ever before -- about one in 30 babies born in the United States is a twin. But one mom has given birth to a set of babies who really break the mold. Her twins were born 24 days apart!
What has turned out to be a miracle started as a nightmare for mom Lindalva Pinheiro da Silva, who went into labor at just 24 weeks pregnant back in March. Her son, Alexandre, was born four days later, and doctors assumed his brother would come out that day too.
Instead, da Silva's cervix closed, her contractions stopped, and she was able to hold on to little Ronaldo for more than three weeks!
Fast forward to today, and the da Silva family's story is making headlines because both boys weigh more than 6 pounds and are thriving.
It's certainly a testament to our amazing bodies. Here da Silva's body somehow knew it couldn't keep going with these two babies inside, and it forced her into pre-term labor. But then, with the one baby out and -- fortunately -- taking advantage of modern medicinal advances, the body knew it was OK to keep going with the pregnancy, to give the second twin what he needed.
Could it all have just been a fluke? We suppose. But then, it could also have been the mom body knowing that little Alexandre could make it on the outside, but Ronaldo needed a little more cooking in mom's oven.
What we do know is that this mom has two gorgeous twins on her hands, and one wild story to tell!
How far along were you when you gave birth?