They are a one in 60 million chance, and their mother making huge sacrifices to ensure their health and safety.
They are the Tucci quintuplets from Perth, Australia, and though they have not been born yet, they already are famous online. Their mother, Kim (pictured above), has been blogging about her pregnancy on Facebook ever since she discovered that she was naturally pregnant with five babies in September 2015. Tens of thousands of people are following the family’s journey through the blog and waiting for the arrival of the rare quintuplets.
Tucci and her husband have two young daughters, and last summer, they decided to try for just one more child, maybe a boy, they told The Sydney Morning Herald.
Not long after discovering they were pregnant last summer, the couple received the surprise of their lives. Kim wrote on her blog “Surprised By Five” on Sept. 21, 2015:
After a long wait for the ultrasound we finally went in… the sonographer told me there was multiple gestational sack but she could only see a heart beat in two!! I WAS SO EXCITED!! TWINS!!!
I was moved to another machine for a clearer view and had the head doctor come in and double check the findings. she started to count ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR , FIVE!!! did i hear that correctly?? FIVE?? My legs start to shake uncontrollably and all i can do is laugh.. The sonographer then told me the term for 5 is QUINTUPLETS!! Time to call my husband…
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When i called him from the ultrasound room i don’t think he believed me at first, he quickly drove down to the ultrasound place. I could see the excitement in his face he told me ” We can do this”
The Tuccis learned that conceiving quintuplets naturally was a one in 60 million chance. However, as is often the case with multiples, some did not treat Kim’s extremely rare quintuplets as unique individuals. Doctors advised Kim to abort up to three of her unborn babies.
On September 26, 2015, she wrote about the experience:
After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method [abortion] to give 2 babies the best chance in life… I watched a YouTube video on the procedure and I cried, I could never do that! Was I selfish for not giving two the chance of 100% survival?? All I knew is that I already love them and that every heart beat I heard I connect with them more.
For me life starts when a heart starts beating and all I know for sure is that I will do whatever it takes to bring them into this world healthy.
And it has taken a lot of sacrifice. Kim told the newspaper that she struggles just to walk and sleep. She said her skin is stretching and her belly feels “hot to touch.” At just 11 weeks pregnant, the mother said her stomach already looked like she was in the third trimester.
“Mummy guilt has kicked up a level! I’m trying to get through all the pain just on Panadol alone if I can help it, I can’t bare the thought of any drugs passing through to my babies,” she wrote on her blog on Jan. 17. “Sometimes my pelvis becomes so stiff I can barely walk and my hips feel like they are grinding away constantly.”
Doctors also recommend that she eat 6,000 calories every day just to sustain her five unborn babies, according to the report. The expecting mother said because her belly is so large and full already, she sometimes has to force herself to eat enough for her babies.
The Australian mom said all the aches and pains, the stretch marks and hospital stays are worth it, knowing that her unborn babies are healthy. She also thanked her husband for his constant support.
“My husband always reminds me I should wear my stripes with pride and that I should be proud of them and what my body has achieved. Without him I would have broken down a long time ago,” Kim wrote.
The babies’ due date is unclear, but some predict that Kim could give birth any day, according to the report. She is pregnant with four girls and a boy, the report states.
Elizabeth Hoskins, a local photographer who photographed Kim when she was 24 weeks pregnant, told the newspaper that the expecting mother looks radiant.
“She could not be more beautiful …” she said. “Her strength just shines through every image. A true goddess, indeed.”