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Ankeny mom didn't know she was pregnant -- with twins

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ANKENY (KWWL) - Parenthood took one Ankeny couple by surprise after a trip to a walk-in clinic resulted in a trip to the delivery room.

Shelby Magnani went to the clinic with stomach pains last week, and was told something she never expected.

“I had a really sharp pain in my left side and went in to the doctor, and they said, 'We think you might be pregnant,'" Shelby Magnani told WHO-TV. "They told me I was six months, and told me to get down to the ER. They did an ultrasound, and told me it was twins."

Turns out, Magnani was even further along, about 34 weeks, and was taken in for an emergency C-section within hours of going to the clinic with stomach pains.

"It all happened pretty fast, an hour, hour and a half, and I was in recovery before I knew it," says Magnani.

Her fiance James Croskey was shocked to hear the news.

"It's pretty nuts, still sinking in," he said.

Also sinking in is the fact that the twins already beat some very long odds.

“About 1 to 2 percent of all pregnancies are twins, but even rarer than that is monoamniotic twins -- they have one placenta and one amniotic sac, and both of those twins share the placenta as well as the sac,” says Dr. Jennifer Krupp with Perinatal Center of Iowa.

Dr. Krupp says less than 1 percent of all twins are monoamniotic and those babies face serious complications, including a 50 percent survival rate.

"The entanglement of the cords is what we worry about," said Krupp. "We bring the patients into the hospital at 24 to 26 weeks so we can monitor the babies several times a day, because we know the risk of one or both of those babies dying is fairly significant."

Ava and Anna were delivered by C-section on Thursday weighing just four and three pounds each.

The girls will spend the next several weeks in the NICU at Mercy, but other than some monitoring are expected to be OK.

"They're both just little miracles," Magnani said. "It could have been so many things that went wrong that didn't."

Magnani and Croskey missed out on the worst part of having monamniotic twins -- the worry. Now they can just focus on the best part -- being parents to two beautiful little girls.

"I love them, I love them more than anything," says Croskey.

Doctors expect Anna and Ava to be able to go home in a couple of weeks.

If you want to reach out to the couple, you can email Croskey at
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