Mom Who Feared She’d Never Get Pregnant Took Infertility Drugs And Ended Up With QUINTUPLETS

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A mom who feared she would never get pregnant took infertility medication and ended up with QUINTUPLETS.

Hannah Merton, 23, and husband Jacob, 24, feared she was infertile, so she took drugs to stimulate ovulation.

And it’s been more successful than they ever could have imagined.

She became pregnant with FIVE babies and Philomena, Evangeline, Meredith, Gideon and Elliot were born prematurely at just 25 weeks.

The little miracles weighed between 1 lb 13 ounces and 1 lb 4 ounces each and got off to a rocky start.

The couple were devastated when their fifth youngest, Meredith, died at the age of three days, following a fatal brain hemorrhage.

It wasn’t until a YEAR later that his four brothers and sisters were finally reunited at home, because Gideon was rushed to the hospital, having suffered a collapsed lung.

They recently celebrated their second birthday, and despite the full-fledged job of caring for four young children, mom Hannah said she “wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Stay-at-home mom Hannah of Akron, Ohio said, “Having a lot of kids is scary and it’s crazy, but it’s so much fun.

“My hands are full, that’s true.

“But my heart is even fuller, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I was suffering from infertility so I took medication to help me ovulate and it worked better than we expected.

“We were told at the time that I had a 1% chance of having triplets – nobody mentioned the chance of four, let alone five babies because it was so low.

“When I found out there were five of them I was in complete shock and felt every emotion possible.

“Seeing them in the NICU was love at first sight, but I couldn’t bear to leave them behind, so finally bringing them all home was an amazing feeling.

“Having four kids to look after is very messy – I’m constantly cleaning – and it’s chaotic and crazy and loud.

“People always make comments that ‘my hands are full’ – and I do – there are definitely moments where I think ‘how the hell am I going to do this?’.

“But it’s so rewarding and so much fun, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Hannah and Jacob, a financial planner, started trying to get pregnant three years ago, but when they didn’t get pregnant, they took drugs to encourage ovulation.

In October 2019, a pregnancy test came back positive, and doctors later confirmed that Hannah was carrying not one, but FIVE babies.

Hannah said: ‘It was very shocking when I found out I have five children.

“I thought I was infertile!

“We had been told that the chance of hat-tricks was 1% and we thought anything more would be virtually impossible.”

Hannah was just five weeks pregnant when she was first able to see her five babies during a scan, but she recalled that her pregnancy was racing.

Just 25 weeks pregnant, she was rushed to the hospital on March 5, just two weeks short of her 21st birthday.

The five babies were delivered by caesarean section 15 weeks premature after doctors became concerned about their health.

The babies were so tiny — each less than 2 pounds — and Hannah said they could fit in the palm of her hand.

Babies immediately needed to be hooked up to endless machines and wires to keep them alive.

Hannah said: “When I first saw them, I was shocked, terrified and excited all at the same time.

“It was love at first sight, but so scary to see them plugged into so many different tubes and monitors and cables.”

Tragically, first-time parents had to say goodbye to one of their daughters, Meredith, at just three days old following a fatal brain hemorrhage that likely occurred during her birth.

The remaining four young children – Philomena, Evangeline, Gideon and Elliot – had to spend various periods of time in the NICU because they were too small and weak to go home.

Hannah and Jacob visited the children in the hospital every day as they struggled to live – with Gideon suffering from a collapsed lung and spending a lot of time on a ventilator.

At five months, Philomena, Evangeline, and Elliot had returned home, but Gideon remained in the hospital.

He wasn’t able to properly meet his siblings until he was one year old, when he finally got strong enough to go home, even though he remained hooked up to a ventilator.

On March 25, 2021, Gideon was finally reunited with his siblings at home.

Hannah said: “Bringing them home was amazing but scary, it was the first time each of them hasn’t been hooked up to monitors.

“Suddenly not being able to see heart rate and oxygen levels was nerve-wracking, but also exciting.

“It was the first time we were the ones to take care of them properly.”

Since bringing all four children home, Hannah and Jacob have discovered the realities of caring for four children at the same time.

It has been made more of a challenge by the pandemic which has left them with less support than they would have had.

Gideon still has breathing problems and a tracheostomy, and Evangeline has cerebral palsy.

But the young parents have taken the challenge in stride and say they embrace chaos.

Hannah explained: “It’s pretty much a go-go-go every day – crazy, chaotic and loud.

“It’s very messy, I clean my house non-stop.

“I clean up a mess, then turn around and there’s another one that has appeared right behind me.

“But I like it that way — I grew up in a large family myself — I was one of eight children.”

The two girls, Evangeline and Philomena, share one bedroom while the boys, Elliot and Gideon, share another.

Parents stay organized with a strict stay-at-home schedule: naps, meals, and bathtimes happen at the same times every day.

Elliot and Philomena are both on their feet now and have learned to walk and climb, making parental work much more chaotic.

Hannah said: “There are definitely moments every day where I think ‘how the hell am I going to do this?’

“But I have no other choice: things have to be done, so let’s move on.”

But despite Mum’s chaotic life, Hannah says it wouldn’t change a thing.

She and Jacob said they might even consider having another child one day.

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