46-Year-Old Mother Gives Birth To Identical Triplets She Conceived Naturally ‘1 In 20 Billion Odds’
Audrey Tiberius became pregnant with triplets years after fertility treatments didn’t work. When Audrey Tiberius was 41, she was told by fertility specialists that her chances of conceiving a child with in vitro fertilization (IVF) were just 10%.
A 46-year-old woman from Utah said she recently gave birth to identical triplets years after she was told she wouldn’t be able to have more children. Tiberius got pregnant naturally. Audrey Tiberius told NBC she believed she couldn’t become pregnant again after a doctor said her “eggs were too old” several years ago.
Then, in March, Tiberius and her husband Tyler reportedly welcomed three boys — Sky, River and Bay. “I just feel like my life is complete now with these sweet babies,” she said
It’s quite rare to become pregnant without medical intervention at 45, according to Dr. Lisa Thiel, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Spectrum Health West Michigan. “We have millions and millions of eggs when we’re born and then they die off over time. As we start to get into our mid-thirties we have less eggs that are appropriate for reproduction and getting pregnant is harder to achieve. By the time we’re 41, the risk of having ᴄʜʀᴏᴍᴏsᴏᴍᴀʟ ᴀʙɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟɪᴛɪᴇs is also much higher. There is a very high-risk of ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ in the first trimester because the uterine lining isn’t as healthy., Thiel told
Tiberius — who also has sons Marcus, 13, James, 11, Christian, 9, and Max, 7 — told Today that she spoke to a statistician who told her the chance of having identical triplets at her age was astronomically low.
“Most experts put the odds of identical triplets at one in 200 million births,” she said. “I talked to a statistician and apparently the odds of a 45-year-old having identical triplets are one in 20 billion.”
Since the boys’ birth in March, she is spending seven hours a day pumping breast milk — and she is looking for breast milk donors for help. After having triplets, they still want a daughter, they will follow that dream. Tiberius described her triplets as “miracles.”