Young mum gives birth to surprise triplets – while taking the pill
A young mother has beaten odds of 25,000 to one and given birth to rare non-identical TRIPLETS – while taking the pill.
Christie Fletcher, 22, from Glyn Ceriog, Wrexham, was astounded to find out she had fallen pregnant while taking the contraceptive pill.
And her shock only grew when Christie and her partner Carwyn, 27, realised they were expecting TRIPLETS.
Christie says doctors told her she’s beaten odds of 25,000 to one by giving birth to non-identical triplets, Jorj, Isaac and Jac- something which normally only happens with the help of IVF.
Christie, who was 21 when she fell pregnant and already a mother to two-year-old Osian, said: “I was so shocked to find that I was pregnant again. I had been taking my pill carefully and never in a million years did I expect to end up with triplets.
“But I had a strange suspicion that something was up when I randomly started feeling very sick.
“I was at a bonfire party when I didn’t know if I wanted to eat a burger or be sick. My hormones were all over the place and I recognised the feeling from my first pregnancy, but I told myself I couldn’t be pregnant as I had been taking my pill.
“I was on the pill when I fell pregnant with Osian, but I hadn’t really been that careful in making sure I took it at the same time.
“After I had him, I was so strict about taking my pill every day as according to instructions – I took it religiously at the same time every single day.
“There was no way on earth I ever thought I’d end up pregnant again.”
Christie decided to do a pregnancy test and was gobsmacked to find out she was expecting.
Christie said: “I was stunned and when told Carwyn and he was as shocked and surprised as I was. I had only just had my first born and suddenly we were having another. I had been taking my pill every day so I couldn’t believe I was pregnant.”
The couple were in for more shock when they attended Christie’s scan and the nurses broke the news that Christie expecting triplets.
Christie said: “When I was having my bump scanned, I knew something was up. The nurses went very quiet and were staring at each other, smiling but with a look of disbelief on their face.
“They told me to look at the screen, and I could see three little babies in there.
“I just said ‘Oh my god’ and couldn’t believe it – I thought I was in a dream.”
Christie at gave birth at eight months to baby Jorj, the biggest of the three who was born weighing 4lbs 13oz and his brother Isaac, 4lb 8oz and tiny Jac who weighed just 4lbs 3.5oz.
Christie said: “Having this many babies takes some getting used to. And they certainly keep me busy but I love my huge brood.”
“I now have my hands full with four boys and I don’t plan on having any more. I’m not relying on the pill again though – this time I’m making sure I get the implant.”
Dr Surabhi Nanda, from Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “According to Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, with perfect use , the failure rate of the combined pill is 0.3% and with typical use is around nine per cent.
“Certain medications including some antibiotics or anti epilepsy drugs may reduce the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill and thereby increase the failure rates.
“As such, the chance of having a naturally conceived triplet pregnancy is approximately 1 in 6000 to 8000 births and even rarer for non-identical triplets.
“It is difficult to say whether the getting pregnant on the pill and conceiving a triplet pregnancy are directly related, as the odds of both the events happening concurrently are indeed very low.”