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US Twins Born 15 Minutes Apart In 2021, 2022
Congratulations are in order for an American mum, Fatima Madrigal, who was delivered of twins. The twist is the babies were born 15 minutes apart but in two different years; 2021 and 2022.
According to People, the twins were born at the Navidad Medical Center in Salinas, California. While the boy was born in 2021, his twin sister showed up 15 minutes later in the New Year, 2022.
The hospital, Navidad Medical Center in Salinas, California also shared the not-so-common birth on their Twitter handle, saying, “Natividad welcomed Aylin Yolanda Trujillo as the area's first baby of 2022! Her twin, Alfredo Antonio Trujillo, was born 15 minutes earlier at 11:45 pm Friday, Dec. 31, meaning their birthday falls on a different day, month and year— a 1 in 2 million chance!"’
Photo credit: Natividad Medical Center
Untreated anaemia before pregnancy can lead to low weight babies.
Nutrition and diet experts have urged women to build their nutritional status for at least six months before becoming pregnant to avoid giving birth to babies with low birth weight.
The nutrition experts stressed that women need good nutritional status before pregnancy, noting that women with poor nutritional status are usually anaemic.
They warned that women who are anaemic before pregnancy have higher chances of giving birth to babies with low birth weight.
They also noted that having good nutritional status is crucial in reducing malnutrition in children, stressing that malnutrition in babies starts from pregnancy.
The World Health Organisation defined low birth weight as weight less than 2500 g at birth, warning that it contributes to a variety of pitiable health outcomes.
It says more than 80 percent of the world’s 2.5 million newborns who die every year are of low birth weight.
According to WHO, those low birth weight babies who survive have a greater risk of stunting, and developmental and physical ill health later in life, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Iron is key when it has to do with pregnancy. When a woman’s nutritional status is poor in pregnancy, it has implications for the development of the baby. For those that are anaemic before pregnancy, if they don’t report to the hospital on time for the doctor to monitor their iron status, the chances of having a baby with low birth weight are high. Therefore, women who are anaemic before pregnancy, have higher chances of giving birth to babies with low birth weight.
“So, it is important for women to build up their nutritional status before pregnancy. I will recommend a minimum of six months for women to begin to build their nutritional status before pregnancy by boosting their iron status for the baby to have enough iron when they are pregnant.