These mums have ʟɪᴛᴇʀᴀʟʟʏ sᴘᴇɴᴛ ᴅᴇᴄᴀᴅᴇs being ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ. Christi Cason recently revealed that she’s sᴘᴇɴᴛ around 13.5 years being ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ with her 18 children. But she’s not the only one. Californian mum Christi Cason, 48, and husband Dave, 52, have an ᴀsᴛᴏɴɪsʜɪɴɢ 18 children. However, the couple sᴜFFᴇʀᴇᴅ two ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs following the birth of their 16th child. Taking just the Fᴜʟʟ-ᴛᴇʀᴍ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄɪᴇs into account, that’s 13-and-a-half years being ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ – but she too hopes to have more. The full-time mum from California said: “Twenty kids would be an amazing achievement. I can’t imagine a time when I stop changing nappies.”
Jeni Bonell: When Jeni Bonell, 51, and her husband Ray first met, they never would have guessed that one day they’d become Australia’s ʙɪɢɢᴇsᴛ family. Fast forward more than three ᴅᴇᴄᴀᴅᴇs, and Jeni and Ray are parents to 16 kids between the ages of six and 31. But the Queensland mum recently admitted she’s actually been ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ 23 times, but, sᴀᴅʟʏ, had a few ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs along the way. This means she’s sᴘᴇɴᴛ at least 12 of the last 30 odd years being ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ and the ʙʀᴏᴏᴅʏ mum admits she’s still open to having more. Jeni and Ray are parents to Jesse, Brooke, Claire, Natalie, Karl, Samuel, Cameron, Sabrina, Tim, Brandon, Eve, Nate, Rachel, Eric, Damian and Katelyn.
Kelly Bates: Kelly Bates, from Tennessee, gave birth to 19 children over 24 years – and 14 of those births were at home with ɴᴏ ᴘᴀɪɴ ʀᴇʟɪᴇF. The sᴜᴘᴇʀᴍᴜᴍ, 54, and her husband Gil, a tree sᴜʀɢᴇᴏɴ, welcomed their latest arrival in 2012 when Kelly was 45 years old. At this point she’d sᴘᴇɴᴛ more of her adult life ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ than not, and in total, the busy mum has been ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ for 14.25 years.
Sue Radford, 45: The mum of Britain’s ʙɪɢɢᴇsᴛ family gave birth to her youngest child Heidie in April 2020 and fell ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ with her first child Chris, now 30, at just 14-years-old. The bumper brood includes Chris, 31, Sophie, 27, Chloe, 25, Jack, 23, Daniel, 21, Luke, 20, Millie, 19, Katie, 18, James, 17, Ellie, 15, Aimee, 14, Josh, 13, Max, 12, Tillie, 10, Oscar, nine, Casper, eight, Hallie, five, Phoebe, four, Archie, three, Bonnie, two, and 10-month-old Heidie . Sue and her husband Noel, 50, from Morecambe, Lancashire, have sᴘᴇɴᴛ over £1 MILLION raising their bumper brood too, so it certainly doesn’t come cheap.
Michelle Duggar: Michelle Dugger, and the ʙɪɢɢᴇsᴛ ᴄʜᴀʟʟᴇɴɢᴇ for this American mum was most likely finding a new ‘J’ name for each of her 19 kids. That’s right, ten boys and nine girls, including two sets of twins, and all of their names start with J. Michelle and Jim Bob named their kids Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace and Josie. With an average gap of just 15 months between deliveries, Kelly, like sᴜᴘᴇʀᴍᴜᴍ Kelly Bates, has sᴘᴇɴᴛ almost 15 years being ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ.
Britni Church: Meanwhile, American mum-of-11 Britni Church is ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ with her 12th child after giving birth to triplets Oliver, Asher and Abel just over a year ago. Since first falling ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ in 2004, Britni revealed that she’s been ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ every singer year since, except for 2013 and 2017. In that time, she’s sᴘᴇɴᴛ a total of nine full years being ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ, almost one third of her life. The US-based mum from Arkansas City, Kansas, had her first child, Crizman, 15, six days after her sixteenth birthday with her ex-husband. The pair had married five days before, and had another four children together – Jordan, 14, Caleb, 13, Jace, 12 and Cadence, ten.
After the divorce, Britni unexpectedly fell ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ with her sixth child, Jesalyn, now eight, in 2012. She sᴘᴇɴᴛ three years raising six kids alone as a single parent before meeting her current husband, Chris, a sub-contractor, in 2014. The pair have since had another five kids together, and are now expecting their sixth.