In the United Kingdom, a 33-year-old woman who already has four children is set to become a mother of seven after conceiving triplets. Nadine Crooks was told she couldn’t have any more kids because she had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and was infertile.
According to the Mayo Ciinic, PCOS is a common endocrine system disorder among women of reproductive age. Women with the disorder may have enlarged ovaries that contain small collections of fluid located in each ovary as seen during an ultrasound exam.
Although the news was a big surprise, Nadine is excited about the triplets.
She told the Daily Mail, “I thought I was finished with babies. It is incredible. I’m thrilled about it now but at the time I thought it must be some kind of joke. I knew I was pregnant though because I obviously know the signs by now. I have no history of twins or triplets in my family and neither does my partner but we feel blessed to be having more children.”
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Doctors say that conceiving triplets naturally is incredibly rare, with odds as high as “one in a million.” Nadine explained how she felt when she first found out about the triplets. She said, “I was shocked when I found out I was pregnant. When they told me I was going to have three, I couldn’t believe it at all. They had told me I had polycystic ovaries shortly after Joshua was born. I decided to stop taking contraceptives and thought that was that. I was content with my four children so the idea of almost doubling my family has taken some getting used to.”
An ultrasound of Nadine’s triplets reveals that she’s expecting two boys and a girl. Originally, Nadine was planning to go back to school for a career in hairdressing but she’s decided to stay home and remain a full-time mother. She said, “I had planned to go to college but then I found I was pregnant. I wanted to further my career. I had been a hairdresser for some time but wanted to take the hairdressing course at college. So it has had an effect on my career. I really wanted to carry on working but had to stop.”
She concluded, “I used to watch these programmes on TV about people with triplets and quadruplets and think I couldn’t cope with that but I’ve got lots of family to help me when they arrive.”
Nadine is expected to give birth to the triplets in July.