The couple Megan Hulen and her husband Joshua (living in North Dakota, USA), already have two sons – Jacob (8 years old) and Matthew (3 years old) but have always cherished the desire to have another “little princess”. “. Because of polycystic ovary syndrome, the first two times pregnant, Megan are dependent on fertility drugs and IUI (injecting sperm into the ovary). However, in this third pregnancy, she conceived completely naturally. However, that is not the most surprising thing.
Megan recounts: “We decided to try again for our daughter and I became pregnant before we had a chance to start IUI. I feel really weird and definitely can’t get pregnant since I’ve never ovulated. But when I first found out I was pregnant I was surprised, then we were shocked to find out I was pregnant with five children.”
Megan wanted to have another baby girl but suddenly found out she was pregnant with 5.
The couple had an ultrasound at the sixth week, where they were initially told there was only one heartbeat and it was unlikely that all 5 would survive.
“We came back after a week and saw 5 heartbeats. I was so shocked that the sonographer worried that they were hurting me. After the ultrasound was done, I told my husband that I didn’t want to go home because it took time to calm down, so we went to his office. I sat in the corner and cried for about an hour.” Megan said.
Since she was pregnant with 5, the doctor warned that Megan might face difficulties and complications. Therefore, she herself is also mentally prepared to face many risks. However, in the end, this mother’s 5th pregnancy process was quite easy.
Megan’s pregnancy went quite easily, although she was mentally prepared to face difficulties.
“But there’s a lot of difference between being one and five. I can’t bend over to vacuum the carpet. Standing in front of the mirror to put on my makeup makes me feel so stressed; when I lift weights, I don’t. I can’t stand it and I need to sit down. Even half an hour is too long to stand.” Megan shares more.
At 32 weeks of pregnancy, the doctor noticed that Megan’s blood pressure spiked, so she was rushed to the hospital to prepare for delivery. She gave birth by cesarean section and the operation went quite quickly. “The birth of my children was not what I imagined, I was shocked because they were all born only 4 minutes apart”Megan said.
All babies were born just after 2 a.m. Allison weighed 1.5kg; Adam 1.8kg; Madison 1.5kg; Emma 1.6kg and Chloe 1.46kg.
Megan gave birth to 5 healthy babies, including 4 girls and 1 boy.
Within three days of giving birth, Megan was discharged from the hospital, despite earlier warnings by doctors that she might need a blood transfusion due to complications during the birth. Fortunately, the babies were born uncomplicated despite being in the intensive care unit.
She added: “After a week and a half, I was even able to stop taking the pain medication and not complain about recovery at all. We thought the kids would be in the NICU for at least a month or so, but within three weeks we had them all home to everyone’s surprise.”
Megan’s 5 children were in the intensive care unit for 3 weeks.
The couple, who are now slowly settling into their family life, admit it’s been a learning process. Megan said:The extended family’s life is chaotic but it’s a good chaos, we are so happy to have it all under one roof. My husband and I were up for 24 hours for the first few days because feedings by premature babies took longer. With 5 kids, sometimes I feel like I’m “superman”. After each feeding, I had to wash my clothes. I wash about three or four times a day and that has become the norm.”
Megan and his wife have a hard time taking care of 7 children at the same time.
With a family of nine, Megan and Joshua are forced to upgrade in every area of their lives. The mother of seven children confided: “Hopefully in 2 years, we will be able to buy another house, the current house is a bit small for a large family. We’ve been looking for a bigger vehicle but haven’t come up with a perfect solution yet. Everything we looked at had eight seats and we needed nine, so we started thinking about larger commercial vans.”
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