The teacher in an elementary school from Tuscaloosa, in the U.S state of Alabama, Britney Alba, ɢᴀᴠᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜ to identical twins for the second time at the University of Alabama Mother and Baby Center. Six months after ɢɪᴠɪɴɢ ʙɪʀᴛʜ to her twin boys, Britney Alba was sᴜsᴘᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ of being ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ again. The only thing that did not cross her mind was that she would have twins again and that this time they would be daughters. In August 2022, Alba, 27, a teacher, and her husband, Frankie Alba, 25, a firefighter, from Alabama, welcomed identical twin girls, Lynlee and Lydia.
Having twins for the second time was a surprise for both her and her husband. After twin boys, they would be daughters this time. The couple already had two twin boys, Luka and Levi, who were also born without an I.V.F. The twins are only 13 months apart from their twin brothers. Lynlee and Lydia shared the same ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ, ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄ, and ꜰʟᴜɪᴅ (ᴍᴏɴᴏᴄʜᴏʀɪᴏɴɪᴄ twins). Britney Alba said: “I went to my husband and told him that I was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ again. We said to ourselves, ‘We just had two kids, we can handle one more.'”
The ᴀʟʙɪɴᴏ twins were ᴍᴏɴᴏᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ-ᴍᴏɴᴏᴄʜᴏʀɪᴏɴɪᴄ (MᴏMᴏ) and shared the same ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ, ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄ and ꜰʟᴜɪᴅ. “MᴏMᴏ” twins are among the ʀᴀʀᴇsᴛ types of twins, accounting for about 1 percent of births in the U.S., according to Dr. Meghana Limaye, a ꜰᴇᴛᴏ-ᴜᴛᴇʀɪɴᴇ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄɪɴᴇ resident at N.Y.U Langone Health. MᴏMᴏ twins face increased risks, including sᴛɪʟʟʙɪʀᴛʜ of one or both babies, so doctors recommend increased sᴄʀᴇᴇɴɪɴɢ and ᴍᴏɴɪᴛᴏʀɪɴɢ of the ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ. Alba said: “They monitored the ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙᴇᴀᴛ several times a day and every time they checked I was ʜᴏʟᴅɪɴɢ ᴍʏ ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜ, waiting to hear two ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙᴇᴀᴛs. It was very sᴄᴀʀʏ, but I had the best care.”
Lynlee and Lydia were born by C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ and were healthy. Alba said: “People look at us when we go for a walk, especially with the four-seater stroller. I used to get stopped all the time when I had the twins, but now I feel like I’m a ᴄɪʀᴄᴜs ᴀᴛᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴ as everyone wants to catch a glimpse of my four children.” And no, she doesn’t mind at all. She also agrees that identical twins are magical! Alba said: “Yes, they’re very cute But they also share a unique bond.”