Mum who struggled with fertility conceives twins days before having IVF, giving her miracle triplets
By Practical Parenting team
January 23 2019
A woman who struggled to get pregnant for eight years recently gave birth to triplets, after unknowingly conceiving naturally with twins, days before having a successful round of IVF.
Beata Bienias, 36, was beginning to wonder if she would ever have a baby due to her health issues, including polycystic ovaries. However, she didn’t give up hope, losing weight and eventually falling pregnant with one baby after a successful round of IVF. What she didn’t realise was that she was already pregnant with twins, reports Cafe Mom.
“They tell you at the fertility clinic that you can't have sex for the four days before your egg collection, because the hormones mean more eggs are fertilized than normal,” Beata said.
“But I think we must have done it - because on the scan you can see that the twins were conceived some time in the week before the embryo transfer.
“The sonographer turned to my husband and asked if he wanted to sit down. Then she told us there were three babies in there,” she adds.
Fertility expert Emma Cannon said that cases like this are extremely rare.
“In my 25 years as a fertility specialist, I have only come across one or two scenarios in which women have gotten pregnant while undergoing IVF treatment. But this has happened before the embryo transfer takes place - and they then choose to proceed with the natural pregnancy, and do not proceed with the IVF cycle,” she said.
“I have never encountered anyone who has conceived naturally before, or around the time of, embryo transfer, and then gone on to become pregnant via the IVF cycle as well.”
“It was the biggest miracle. I never thought something this incredible could happen to me,” Beata said.
“I spent many days thinking that maybe I was the person who would never have a baby. I never, ever thought there would be three in there.”