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Texas woman gives birth to two sets of twins on same day

A Houston woman will undoubtedly be looking for used baby clothes after an unusual occurrence earlier this week. Tressa Montalvo, 36, recently gave birth to two sets of identical twins on the same day, a feat so rare experts estimate the chances of it happening are about one in 70 million, according to CNN.

The newborns, all boys, differ from traditional quadruplets because rather than splitting from a single egg and growing in one placenta, these children grew separately in pairs. Perhaps most surprising, the unique pair of twins was not the result of fertility treatments and Montalvo encountered no complications during her 31-week pregnancy. Montalvo and her husband were trying to give their son a younger sibling, but they got much more than they planned for.

"We didn't expect it," she told CNN. "We were trying for just one and we were blessed with four. We planned the pregnancy - I guess we just succeeded a little too much."

The odds of having identical twins are already exceptionally low. About one in 30 pregnancies results in twins, according to a 2012 report from the Centers for Disease Control. Of those, around 30 percent are identical.

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