A couple are celebrating an ⒾⓋⒻ hat trick after having a set of triplets – each born two years apart. Karen, 35, and James Marks, 37 had their first child, Cameron, four years ago, followed by their second child, Isabella, two years ago. And they finally welcomed their most recent child, Gabriella, last month. The three youngsters are considered triplets as they were ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ on the same day and at the same time through ⒾⓋⒻ, from the same batch of ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏs.
After Karen gave birth to Cameron on September 1, 2018, the couple kept their viable ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏs ꜰʀᴏᴢᴇɴso they could add to their family later, with Isabella born on September 15, 2020, and Gabriella born on July 3, 2022. With three children at home, Karen and James now have their hands full but feel like the luckiest pair in the world after their long journey to welcoming their triplets. Karen, who lives with company director James and their three kids in Taunton, Somerset, said: ” It feels so great to have all three of our children now, we feel so incredibly lucky. Some people go through ⒾⓋⒻ and sadly don’t even get to have one baby, and we’ve managed to have three, so we just feel so lucky. Gabi was our last ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏ, so she’s our last baby now. I knew I wasn’t done before Gabi, so I told my husband if it didn’t work, then we better get saving so we could have another one! I feel complete now, I’m so happy. My heart is very full.”
The couple, who married in 2014, feared they might never have a child of their own after Karen failed to get pregnant and was ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ with ꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ ɪssᴜᴇs. Karen explained: ” We tried for a year to ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ naturally and nothing happened, so we went to the GP and they ran some tests. We had five ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏs made up. We’ve ʟᴏsᴛ two – I ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴇᴅ one in 2019, and then one in September last year, a month before we fell pregnant with Gabi.” Karen was given funding for one round of ⒾⓋⒻ on the NHS in 2017 at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine which proved successful, and she gave birth to Cameron on September 1, 2018.
His sister, baby Isabella Grace, was born two years later on September 15, 2020, and the couple finally welcomed baby Gabriella Edith on July 3, 2022. Karen feared ʟᴏsɪɴɢ baby Gabi after experiencing ʙʟᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ early on and then falling ill with ᴄᴏᴠɪᴅ late last year. Despite Karen ʟᴏsɪɴɢ half a stone during a difficult week of battling ᴄᴏᴠɪᴅ, baby Gabi stayed strong and finally joined her family last month, weighing 7lbs 5.5oz. After a long journey to motherhood, Karen said she never hesitates to tell people her children are ⒾⓋⒻ babies and hopes her experience will encourage others to try ⒾⓋⒻ if struggling to fall pregnant.
She added: ” Iɴꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ never leaves you. Pregnancy announcements can still be ᴘᴀɪɴꜰᴜʟ, especially when someone has seemingly ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ easily. It’s a battle and a journey, and while part of me believes there’s a reason we had to go through it, we’ve met so many wonderful people along the way. If you’ve exhausted all other options, then crack on and go for it. ⒾⓋⒻ is fine. Don’t put it off or avoid it. It’s the most likely ꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ treatment to work, and it did for us.” Karen had once dreamt of four children, but feels incredibly lucky to have had three children and believes her family is ‘complete’ following Gabi’s arrival.
Karen said: ” Gabi was our last ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏ, so she’s our last baby now. We’re so happy she’s here. It’s surreal, having three children after not thinking you’d have any, but we just feel so incredibly lucky. I feel complete now, I’m so happy. It’s chaos, but we’re just so lucky. My heart is full.”