A mum-of-four who stopped taking contraceptives when doctors told her she was infertile after the birth of her son was stunned when she fell pregnant again – with TRIPLETS.
Nadine Crooks was told she had polycystic ovary syndrome following the birth of her fourth child Joshua 18 months ago.
Doctors said she would never be able to conceive naturally after cysts were found on both her swollen ovaries.
She stopped taking the pill but was shocked when she fell pregnant for a fifth time last November when doctors revealed she was expecting twin boys and a girl.
The full-time mother now faces the prospect of almost doubling her brood following her surprise pregnancy which has baffled doctors.
She said: “Doctors don’t know themselves what I am actually going through. They are saying that I am a mystery.
“I was shocked when I found out I was pregnant. When they told me I was going to have three, I couldn’t believe it at all.
“They had told me I had polycystic ovaries shortly after Joshua was born in October 2013.
“I decided to stop taking contraceptives and thought that was that. I was content with my four children so the idea of almost doubling my family has taken some getting used to.
“I’m thrilled about it now but at the time I thought it must be some kind of joke. I knew I was pregnant though because I obviously know the signs by now.
“I have no history of twins or triplets in my family and neither does my partner but we feel blessed to be having more children.”
Nadine found out she was expecting triplets at her 12-week scan at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.
Her unplanned pregnancy meant she had to give up a college course in hairdressing.
The mum, who was born in Jamaica but now lives in Smethwick, West Mids., added: “I thought I was finished with babies. It is incredible.
“After the babies are born they are going to have a look to see what is going on. They will do some tests.
“I don’t have a clue what has happened. I just don’t know.
“I had planned to go to college but then I found I was pregnant.
“I wanted to further my career. I had been a hairdresser for some time but wanted to take the hairdressing course at college.
“So it has had an effect on my career. I really wanted to carry on working but had to stop.”
Nadine admits her other children; 18-year-old Roxanne Watt, 13-year-old Trae Wild and Zion Crooks-Rudd, nine, were baffled when she told them the news.
She said: “My mum was not very happy. She thought four children was enough.
“My family were shocked but I am only coming to terms with it now myself.
“When their father found out, he put his head in hands. He was quite shocked.
“I used to watch these programmes on TV about people with triplets and quadruplets and think I couldn’t cope with that but I’ve got lots of family to help me when they arrive.”
Nadine is due to give birth to her triplets in July.