Think your life is crazy? Meet Sarah Ward of Britain who gave birth to four babies in 9 months (seriously, you read this right!).
First Ward and her partner, Benn Smith, welcomed their son, Freddie in June 2013. Then, just eight weeks later, the couple learned they were expecting again…this time with triplets, reports UK’s Daily Express.
“I was stunned when I found out I was pregnant again so soon. When we learned it was triplets we went into shock,” Ward confessed. The new mom-of-four, who originally planned to have just two children, went on to explain why she and Smith hadn’t been more cautious about birth control following their son’s birth.
“Because it had taken so long with Freddie, we assumed it would take the same time again, if not longer,” Ward told the Express. Wrong! An ultrasound soon revealed the new family-of-three would soon be doubled.
“Neither of us could speak as she turned the screen to us and pointed out three little wriggling shapes. I just started crying when I realized they would be born before Freddie was one,” she said.
After refusing the offer of a selective reduction to improve the chances that all three babies would survive, Ward carried her triplets to 33 weeks. That’s when little Stanley, Reggie and Daisy arrived, each weighing around four pounds a piece.
The triplets were recently allowed to come home, and now Ward says sometimes her home feels more like a nursery than an actual home! She estimates that each week, 175 diapers need to be changed, and 80 bottles need to be prepared. Phew!
Whether or no sex is the first thing on your mind after giving birth (your doctor will likely give you the green light for intercourse four to six weeks after childbirth), some time or another you’ll get the urge to sweep the pacifiers and burping cloths off the bed and have your partner sweep you off your feet. So be prepared.
To avoid back-to-back pregnancies, you’ll need to use some form of birth control as soon as you begin having sex again. And because you never know when the urge to hop into the sack will strike, it’s good to have that birth control in hand well in advance of that first amorous advance.
And unless you don’t mind getting pregnant right away, counting on breastfeeding to provide birth control is risky, to say the least. Although some women do not begin menstruating while they’re nursing exclusively, many do. And since it’s possible to ovulate and conceive before ever having that first postpartum period, some women who go that risky route end up going from pregnancy to pregnancy without menstruating in between.
In other words, the fact that your periods have been suppressed by breastfeeding doesn’t mean you’re not capable of conception, or that you should consider yourself “safe” without using birth control.
Can you imagine being in this brave mom’s shoes? Share below in the comments section!
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