Mother conceives twins days apart, falling pregnant twice in a week

Mother who was told she might never have children conceives twin boys DAYS apart after falling pregnant naturally in the same week an IVF embryo was successfully transferred

  • Kimberley Tripp, 35, from Queensland, Australia always longed to be a mother
  • But after a PCOS diagnosis at 15, she was told she may not be able to have kids
  • She and husband Adrian spent thousands on four rounds of IVF treatment
  • After falling pregnant in 2019, she conceived another baby one week later

A mother who was told she might never have children reveals how she conceived her twin sons several days apart. 

Kimberley Tripp, 35, from Brisbane, Australia, who has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which can affect fertility, conceived sons Patrick and Leo, now 15 months, in the same week, with one baby conceived through IVF and the other naturally.   

The office manager only discovered she was expecting two babies when she went for her six-week scan to check the progress of the IVF embryo, only to be told there was a second embryo, too. 

Kimberley says there is no way to know for certain, and she does not want to know, which baby was conceived first. However, she has speculated that Patrick may have been conceived first (whether naturally or through IVF) as he is a little bigger.

Kimberley Tripp thought she may never be able to have children, but babies Patrick (left) and Leo were conceived within the same week due to a medical phenomenon called superfetation. They were born on the same day in March 2020

The proud mother shows off her boys Patrick and Leo. Despite being diagnosed with PCOS aged 15, the Australian said she always held onto the hope that she’d have kids one day

The 35-year-old shows off her pregnant stomach while carrying two her two babies conceived within a week. Kimberley learnt during her first scan that she’d conceived two babies not one

Kimberley, who is married to husband Adrian, 35, said: ‘The IVF specialist explained to me that due to all the medication I was taking for the IVF, it must have kick started my fertility. This meant I was able to ovulate and conceive naturally at the same time.

‘My husband and I didn’t think to use protection during the IVF process, because I don’t ovulate – which was the reason for the IVF in the first place. We were so overjoyed to be having twins. I feared I’d never have one baby, let alone two.’

Kimberley explained she has dreamed of being a mother since childhood.  

‘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,’ she said.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: After spending thousand on IVF, Kimberley fell pregnant with one baby – only to conceive naturally just a few days later. She says she didn’t know this was possible

The babies; Patrick was born first followed by Leo, weighing in at 2.7kg and 1.9kg respectively. Although they were conceived on different days, they are technically considered to be twins because they were born on the same day

Kimberley – who did not realise it was possible to fall pregnant twice within a short timeframe – is now sharing her incredible story to give hope to others who are struggling with fertility

‘When I was 15 years old, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), 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 devastated to think that I may never had my own family, but part of me thought that I would never give up trying.’

Kimberley and Adrian spent thousands of dollars on four rounds of IVF before one embryo was successfully transferred. 

‘It was something we thought might never happen,’ she said. ‘Then at our first ultrasound at six weeks along, we discovered that there was not just one baby, but two. I was in total shock.

According to Kimberley, the IVF specialist explained all the medication she was taking for IVF must have kick started her fertility – leading to the conception of babies Patrick (left) and Leo

Proud parents Adrian and Kimberley Tripp with their two boys. The couple tried to conceive naturally for years before opting for the IVF route

Adrian and Kimberley Tripp (pictured) are ‘so happy’ after having their two sons Patrick and Leo. The pair spent thousands on IVF in a bid to have a family

‘We only transferred one embryo, so I couldn’t understand what happened. But my doctor explained one twin was conceived naturally and the other was through IVF.

‘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 medically as superfetation – which is when a second, new pregnancy occurs during an initial pregnancy.

Babies born from superfetation are most often considered twins, since they are usually born during the same birth on the same day. 

Patrick and Leo were born in March 2020, weighing 2.7kg and 1.9kg, respectively. 

The Brisbane-based office manager, who documented her pregnancy by taking photos of her bump, said she had been ‘devastated’ when told she may be unable to have children

Kimberley says her world is ‘now complete’ after having her two sons Patrick and Leo, after thinking for many years that she may never become a mothe

The 35-year-old said ‘miracles do happen’ after conceiving one baby through IVF, and falling pregnant the same week with a second. The two boys (Leo and Patrick) are considered twins

Kimberley is now sharing her incredible story to give hope to others who are struggling with fertility.

She added: ‘Patrick was born first and is the bigger twin. He is cheeky, mischievous, very determined and the bossy one.

‘Leo is the smaller twin. He is so affectionate and giggly and always smiling, and is the jokester 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.’

What is superfetation and how does it occur?

Normally a pregnant woman’s ovaries stop releasing eggs, making it impossible to conceive.

But in a double pregnancy, or superfetation, ovulation continues and the woman can fall pregnant with a second baby.

Unlike traditional twins – which occur either when a fertilised egg splits into two, or when two eggs are fertilised by two sperm at the same time – superfetation leads to a woman being pregnant with an additional foetus that’s younger than the existing pregnancy.

However these babies are born on the same day.

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