The 26-year-old, already mum to three older children aged seven, six, and four – said she was sᴛᴜɴɴᴇᴅ when she found out she was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ again, despite using the ᴄᴏɪʟ ᴀs ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴇᴘᴛɪᴏɴ. Even more surprising, she is ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ with triplets.
Bethany Smith, from Burton, Staffs, gave birth ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇʟʏ to two girls and a boy after having an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ Cᴀᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ. She welcomed girls Kiren and Kirit, and boy Arjan, at 31 weeks on April 4. And when ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀs told her it was ɴᴏᴛ one but three babies she was having, she and her partner were flabbergasted. The ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴇᴘᴛɪᴠᴇ ᴄᴏɪʟ is a small T-shaped device which is inserted into the ᴡᴏᴍʙ and is supposed to ᴘʀᴏᴛᴇᴄᴛ ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ for between five and 10 years. Bethany and her partner said that ᴍᴜʟᴛɪᴘʟᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜs do ɴᴏᴛ run in either of their families and it was even more of a sʜᴏᴄᴋ to find out Bethany was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ as they were on ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴇᴘᴛɪᴏɴ at the time. She said giving birth during ʟᴏᴄᴋᴅᴏᴡɴ was surreal and took some the excitement out of bringing new life in the world as she could ɴᴏᴛ see the baby girls for two days as they needed helped with their ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜɪɴɢ.
And there was a sᴄᴀʀᴇ for the couple at 26 weeks when Bethany went into ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ ᴇᴀʀʟʏ. She was rushed into ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ, where ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀs managed to halt her ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ, preventing the triplets being born too ᴇᴀʀʟʏ. Mum-of-six Bethany said: “It was really ʜᴏʀʀᴇɴᴅᴏᴜs. I ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅɴ’ᴛ see the girls for two days as they were on ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴇǫᴜɪᴘᴍᴇɴᴛ. “Only one parent could visit once a day and we had to wear masks, gowns and gloves. It was very surreal and ɴᴏᴛ how you’d imagine. All the excitement of having a baby was taken away because of Cᴏᴠɪᴅ. We ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅɴ’ᴛ do what normal parents would. The ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ was ok. They rushed me in and I had sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ quickly as it’s too ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs to ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀ ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴀʟʟʏ. I previously went into ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ at 26 weeks and was rushed to a London ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ but luckily they stopped it.”
The three tots had to stay in Royal Derby ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ when they were born for three weeks as they were all just over 3lbs. Arjan weighed 3lb 5oz, Kiren was 3lb 4oz and Kirit was 3lb 9oz, but are now said to be doing well. Bethany said: “They were in ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ for three weeks then came home and all are doing great. Neither of us have any multiples in the family it was a complete sʜᴏᴄᴋ as we were on ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴇᴘᴛɪᴏɴ at the time. The triplets are now all doing well.!”