Life is about to get a little crazier for a Melbourne mom. The 48-year-old woman, who already has more than 10 children at home, is due to give birth any day to quintuplets.
In what could almost be unbelievable, the mom-to-be conceived the five babies naturally!
Doctors pin the chances of conceiving quintuplets naturally about one in 55 million, possibly higher for a woman over the age of 45.
“Fertility naturally declines and to conceive spontaneously after the age of 45 is particularly uncommon and to have a multiple pregnancy after the age of 45 is particularly uncommon,” Obstetrician Dr Len Kilman told the Seven Network.The mom, who does not want to be identified, is in her 29th week of pregnancy and is expected to give birth at the Monash Medical Centre.
A team of more than 30 are expected to be assembled when the time comes to deliver the five babies.
Margaret Pitts, a mom of 12 children, predicts a very busy road ahead for the quintuplets’ mum.
“Good luck to her, I wouldn’t like to have five, twins was bad enough,” she said.Margaret, who has three sets of twins, told Seven News the financial cost of raising the children will be overwhelming. Just for diapers the estimated annual cost will top $5,500 for five babies.
At mealtime, Margaret says the quintuplets’ mom may require a few extra helping hands.
“There’s always ways you do it with twins, but I don’t know with five,” Margaret said. “I’m not sure how you’d do that…you’d have to have a couple of extra hands all the time.”When they arrive the babies will be the first set of quintuplets born in Victoria in three decades.
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
The Empty Picture Frame: An Inconceivable Journey Through Infertility
by Jenna Currier Nadeau, Mike Nadeau
-- What has amazed me over the last four years is the ability for every person who learns about our struggle to provide us with the most well-intentioned, yet inane advice possible. "Have you tried timing intercourse?" "I've heard yoga can help" and of course the knife in the heart, "If you stop trying, you'll be amazed at how quickly it'll happen. Just relax."
No offense to the fertiles of the world, but just because you have a child doesn't mean you have any idea how it got here. I'm sure in your 8th grade science class you learned of fallopian tubes, ovulation, sperm, ovaries, and you might even have been witness to the frightening movie where the mother screams as the baby is being delivered in a horrifying display of excruciating rips and tears. I'm sure you might have even been scared when you heard that a woman could get pregnant anytime, and that's why protection was crucial.
What you probably weren't told was that a fertile couple only has a 20% chance of getting pregnant in any one month, and that more often the window of opportunity isn't 28 days, but closer to 48 hours. You probably missed the part of the lesson that explained how the thickness of the endometrial lining had to be a certain number of millimeters, and that how much fat your body was made of actually played a considerable role in the whole process. The body is a remarkable thing, and can compensate for many imperfections, and for most people it is forgiving of the slightly tilted uterus, or a semi-closed fallopian tube, a weaker quality egg, or a few extra pounds. But for the millions of other women in the world, conceiving a baby is a process that is truly a miracle; a precise combination of old fashioned faith and the most modern medical technologies.
Infertility is a disease that affects over 6 million people in the United States alone. What that statistic fails to consider are the people who are affected by those millions of infertiles; the people who don't know what to say or how to act. These people can't conceive of the inconceivable because they have not faced infertility or they have not had desire to raise children. On both sides of the disease are people who feel helpless; unable to fix the problem and incapable of eliminating the pain.
By picking up this book, you are opening a door to the life of an infertile. The journey of my husband and I may not be exactly that of your loved one, but I can assure you the worries, decisions, pain and frustration will be similar. Read these words and you may be able to view your infertile loved one in a new light, and with that light you may understand and empathize with their struggle.
It is my hope that infertiles reading this will find solace in the words of a fellow veteran of this disease. You won't hear me suggest that there is a sure fire method to fixing the problem. I don't necessarily believe that in the end everything will work out as it should. What you will hear is my deepest admiration for the path you are on. Perhaps you will find comfort in the words of an infertile couple who has been to hell and back, and has the bruises, both literal and figurative, to prove it.
Paperback: 196 pages - Click to order/for more info: The Empty Picture Frame
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