A mother who was told she ᴍɪɢʜᴛ ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ have children reveals how she ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ her twin sons ᴊᴜsᴛ days apart. Kimberley Tripp ʟᴏɴɢᴇᴅ to be a mother. but after being ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ with ᴘᴏʟʏᴄʏsᴛɪᴄ ᴏᴠᴀʀɪᴀɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ (ⓅⒸⓄⓈ) ᴀᴛ 15, she was told she ᴍɪɢʜᴛ ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ be able to have children.
But the 35-year-old from Brisbane, Queensland said she always held on to a smidgen of hope that her dream of having a family might one day be possible. She said :” I wanted to get married and have a family and love at least two children. I knew I wanted a big family. But I was ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ with Pᴏʟʏᴄʏsᴛɪᴄ Oᴠᴀʀɪᴀɴ Sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ (ⓅⒸⓄⓈ), which can make it ɴᴇᴀʀʟʏ ɪᴍᴘᴏssɪʙʟᴇ to have children. I was told that I would ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ have children, and that if I did, I would definitely need ʜᴇʟᴘ. I was ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ that I could ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ have a family of my ᴏᴡɴ, but a part of me thought I would ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ sᴛᴏᴘ ᴛʀʏɪɴɢ. We sᴘᴇɴᴛ ᴛʜᴏᴜsᴀɴᴅs of dollars on four rounds of ⒾⓋⒻ before a single ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏ was successfully ᴛʀᴀɴsFᴇʀʀᴇᴅ. It was something we thought could ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ʜᴀᴘᴘᴇɴ.” But her ᴇxᴄɪᴛᴇᴍᴇɴᴛ was about to be ᴅᴏᴜʙʟᴇᴅ, as her first sᴄᴀɴ ᴄᴏɴFɪʀᴍᴇᴅ she was expecting twins with ᴏɴᴇ ʙᴇɪɴɢ ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ⒾⓋⒻ, and the ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴀʟʟʏ, approximately one week apart.
The ᴘʜᴇɴᴏᴍᴇɴᴏɴ of a woman becoming ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ ᴛᴡɪᴄᴇ during a sʜᴏʀᴛ ᴘᴇʀɪᴏᴅ of time is knᴏᴡɴ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ as sᴜᴘᴇʀFᴇᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ – which is when a second, new ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ ᴏᴄᴄᴜʀs during an ɪɴɪᴛɪᴀʟ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ. Babies born from sᴜᴘᴇʀFᴇᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ are most ᴏFᴛᴇɴ ᴄᴏɴsɪᴅᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴛᴡɪɴs, since they are usually born during the same birth on the same day. She said: “The ⒾⓋⒻ sᴘᴇᴄɪᴀʟɪsᴛ explained to me that ᴅᴜᴇ to all the ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ I was taking for the ⒾⓋⒻ, it must have ᴋɪᴄᴋ-sᴛᴀʀᴛᴇᴅ my Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ. This meant I was able to ᴏᴠᴜʟᴀᴛᴇ and ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴀʟʟʏ at the same time. My husband and I didn’t think to ᴜsᴇ ᴘʀᴏᴛᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ᴅᴜʀɪɴɢ the ⒾⓋⒻ ᴘʀᴏᴄᴇss, because I ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ᴏᴠᴜʟᴀᴛᴇ which was the reason for the ⒾⓋⒻ in the first place. We were so overjoyed to be having twins. I Fᴇᴀʀᴇᴅ I’d ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ have one baby, ʟᴇᴛ ᴀʟᴏɴᴇ ᴛᴡᴏ.” The couple’s ᴍɪʀᴀᴄʟᴇ boys were welcomed into the world in March 2020, with Patrick and Leo weighing in at 2.7kg and 1.9kg respectively. She is now sʜᴀʀɪɴɢ ʜᴇʀ ɪɴᴄʀᴇᴅɪʙʟᴇ sᴛᴏʀʏ to give ʜᴏᴘᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀs who are sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ with Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ.
She added: “Patrick was born first and is the ʙɪɢɢᴇʀ ᴛᴡɪɴ. He is ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ, ᴍɪsᴄʜɪᴇᴠᴏᴜs, ᴠᴇʀʏ ᴅᴇᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴇᴅ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏssʏ ᴏɴᴇ. Leo is the sᴍᴀʟʟᴇʀ ᴛᴡɪɴ. He is so affectionate and giggly and always smiling, and is the jokester of the two. I ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ expected this to ʜᴀᴘᴘᴇɴ to us and for a long time thought I ᴍɪɢʜᴛ ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ become a mum. But ᴍɪʀᴀᴄʟᴇs do ʜᴀᴘᴘᴇɴ, and I now feel like my world is complete. We’re so happy.”