A teacher, who was pregnant twice during lockdown, has given birth to 4 babies in a year.
Jessica Pritchard, now a mom-of-5, gave birth to her second daughter, Mia in May 2020 and then just eleven months later, she welcomed triplets.
The thirty-two-year-old welcomed 3 babies, Ella, George and Olivia, in April this year.
Although shocked by the idea of the having twins, Jessica and her partner, Harry Williams from Sheffield, UK now feel “so lucky and blessed.”
Jessica, who also has an 8-year-old daughter, Molly, was still on maternity leave after Mia’s birth when she discovered she was pregnant again in October 2020.
Due to COVID-19 safety restriction, Harry was unable to accompany Jessica to the hospital for her baby scans, so she was on her own when she found out that they were having twins.
Speaking with the Daily Mail, Jessica explained: “I was on my own at the scan because of Covid rules and the sonographer initially said I was having twins, which was a shock in itself but then she carried on looking and said she had found a third.
“I was speechless. I could not really believe it at first.”
After Jessica got over her initial shock, she then had to go home and break the news to Harry who was “also speechless.”
“I waited until I got home to tell Harry as he was with the girls and with it being very early days and because of potential complications with triplets, I didn’t want to say in front of them,” she said. “When I did tell him he was also speechless.”
“It was a big shock, but every pregnancy is a blessing so we consider ourselves very blessed.”
As a precaution, the triplets were delivered early at thirty-one weeks and then spent seven weeks in neo-natal care.
Eventually, they were allowed to go home last month.
“We’ve had them all home together for a couple of weeks and Molly loves being a big sister,” she said.
“She adores them all. She’s such a good sister and wants to help all of the time. The triplets are in a really good routine and I’m quite organised normally anyway so it has gone well so far since they came home.”
The past twelve months have been a “whirlwind” for Jessica and Harry as they now have 5 children under the age of eight, but they’ve also been a blessing.