Dayna Childress, 28, from the US state of Ohio, and her husband Colby, 27, were excited to try for their first child in 2015 and were overjoyed to discover that after just a month of trying to ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ, Dayna was pregnant.
The pregnancy went well and the couple’s first son, Lincoln, was born in December 2015. When Lincoln was nine-months-old, Dayna and Colby decided to try for another child because they wanted Lincoln to have a sibling close in age.
After six months of sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ to ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ, Dayna started to ꜰᴇᴀʀ she wouldn’t be able to get pregnant. Seven months later, Mrs Childress discovered she was pregnant, but ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴇᴅ at six weeks.
“Water was the main thing that caused me to get nauseous in that pregnancy and with my son, so I noticed the minute it went away and drank lots of water to try to get the nausea back,” Mrs Childress said.
“A week after the nausea stopped, tests confirmed I had ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴇᴅ. I was ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ and couldn’t accept it.”
Despite her ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋ at ʟᴏsɪɴɢ her baby, Mrs Childress became pregnant soon after. However, she ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴇᴅ again at four weeks.
Worried she would never have any more children, she saw four gynaecologists to try and detect any fertility problems. “They all responded differently, with the first one telling me to wait three months, then the next said that was pointless and tested my hormone levels which all came back normal,” Mrs Childress said.
Dᴇsᴘᴇʀᴀᴛᴇ, the stay-at-home mother was prescribed fertility drugs, which she took for another year before she ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇd again. At five weeks, an ultrasound revealed the couple were expecting quadruplets. Otto, Willow, Simon and Willis were born on June 29 after 28 weeks and six days.
“The babies were born in June, Simon weighed 3lbs 2oz (1.4kg), then the other three were 2lbs 14oz (1.3kg) each.”