A Mum Who Thought She Couldn’t Have Kids Got More Than She Bargained For After Falling Pregnant
I fell pregnant TWICE in one week – now I’m a mum of two, it was the biggest sʜᴏᴄᴋ of my life – twins – with one being ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ I.V.F, and the other ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴀʟʟʏ, approximately one week apart. The phenomenon of a woman becoming pregnant twice during a short period of time is known ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ ᴀs sᴜᴘᴇʀFᴇᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ A MUM who thought she couldn’t have kids got more than she bargained for after falling pregnant TWICE in one week – with one baby being ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ I.V.F and the other ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴀʟʟʏ.
Ever since she was a little girl, Kimberley Tripp longed to be a mother – but after being ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴘᴏʟʏᴄʏsᴛɪᴄ ᴏᴠᴀʀɪᴀɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ (PCOS) at 15, she was told she might never be able to have children.
But the 35-year-old from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, said she always held on to a smidgen of hope that her dream of having a family might one day be possible. After years of trying to ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴀʟʟʏ, she knew it was time to ᴄᴏɴsɪᴅᴇʀ her options.
Kimberley, who is mum to Leo and Patrick, now 15 months, said: “I’ve wanted to be a mother for as long as I remember. I wanted to get married and have a family and would have loved at least two children. Growing up with two older brothers, I knew I wanted a big family. When I was 15 years old, I was ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴘᴏʟʏᴄʏsᴛɪᴄ ᴏᴠᴀʀɪᴀɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ, which can make it nearly impossible to have kids. I was told I might never have children, and if I did, I would definitely need help. I was ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ to think that I may never have my own family, but part of me thought that I would never give up trying.”
The couple were overjoyed when they found out the I.V.F worked, as they thought it might be something that would never happen. But they were about to receive the biggest sʜᴏᴄᴋ of their life.
“We had one ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏ transferred and was overjoyed when it worked. It was something we thought might never happen. Then at our first ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ at six weeks along, we discovered that there was not just one baby, but two. I was in total sʜᴏᴄᴋ. We only transferred one ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏ, so I couldn’t understand what happened.” Kimberley said
Once Kimberley’s doctor explained that one twin was conceived ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴀʟʟʏ and the other was through I.V.F, she was ʟᴇFᴛ sᴛᴜɴɴᴇᴅ.
She added: “We couldn’t believe it. I never knew something like that was even possible.”The phenomenon of a woman becoming pregnant twice during a short period of time is known ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ ᴀs sᴜᴘᴇʀFᴇᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ – which is when a second, new pregnancy occurs during an initial pregnancy. Babies born from superfetation are most often ᴄᴏɴsɪᴅᴇʀed twins, since they are usually born during the same birth on the same day.
Kimberley said: “The I.V.F specialist explained to me that due to all the medication I was taking for the I.V.F, it must have kick-started my fertility. This meant I was able to ovulate and ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴀʟʟʏ at the same time. My husband and I didn’t think to use protection during the I.V.F process, because I don’t ovulate – which was the reason for the I.V.F in the first place. We were so overjoyed to be having twins. I feared I’d never have one baby, let alone two.”
The couple’s miracle boys were welcomed into the world in March 2020, with Patrick and Leo weighing in at 2.7kg and 1.9kg respectively. Kimberley is now sharing her incredible story to give hope to others who are sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ ᴡɪᴛʜ Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ.
She added: “Patrick was born first and is the bigger twin. He is ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ, ᴍɪsᴄʜɪᴇᴠᴏᴜs, ᴠᴇʀʏ ᴅᴇᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴇᴅ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏssʏ one. Leo is the smaller twin. He is so affectionate and giggly and always smiling, and is the ᴊᴏᴋᴇsᴛᴇʀ of the two. I never expected this to happen to us and for a long time thought I might never become a mum. But miracles do happen, and I now feel like my world is complete. We’re so happy.”