By Alyce Collins
DESPITE having no problems getting pregnant on her FIRST TRY this woman suffered THREE MISCARRIAGES when trying for another – but just as she was about to give up she was told she was expecting QUADRUPLETS.
Stay at home mum, Dayna Childress (28) from Springboro, Ohio, USA, 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 conceive, 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 struggling to conceive, Dayna started to fear she wouldn’t be able to get pregnant, but following seven months of trying, she had a positive pregnancy test. During her second pregnancy, Dayna was nauseous but at five weeks gestation the sickness stopped, and a week later tests confirmed that Dayna had miscarried.
Dayna was in disbelief when the miscarriage was confirmed, but four weeks later, her and Colby got pregnant again, but she miscarried at roughly four weeks. Dayna panicked that she wouldn’t be able to carry to term again, so she saw four gynaecologists to investigate what was happening, but no fertility problems were found. A specialist diagnosed Dayna with unexplained recurrent miscarriages, and she started using fertility drugs, Clomid and Follistim.
The couple used fertility treatments for a year and fell pregnant again, but the egg implanted when Dayna’s body was already preparing for a period, so it was too late and the pregnancy didn’t stick. The couple used Follistim for two more cycles and miraculously, after two years of trying to conceive, Dayna discovered she was pregnant in December 2018. At five-weeks, an ultrasound revealed the couple were expecting quadruplets and Otto, Willow, Simon and Willis were born June 29, 2019 at 28 weeks and six days.
“I always had a gut feeling I’d have trouble conceiving, so when I was 22 I did an egg donation to confirm or deny that before I was ready to have my own,” said Dayna.
“I was told I was very fertile and I donated around 20 eggs for each donation and knew that everything was normal.
“Colby and I started trying in 2015 and got pregnant immediately, so my fears weren’t reality as I had proven myself fertile. The pregnancy was uneventful and very healthy.
“When Lincoln was nine months old, we decided to try again so they could be close in age. It took seven months to get pregnant the second time, and by six months I was starting to worry that something was wrong.
“I only had nausea, which bothered me, but I figured I was just lucky. I lost my nausea in the fifth week and I immediately knew something was wrong. 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.
“A week after the nausea stopped, tests confirmed I had miscarried. I was devastated and couldn’t accept it. I didn’t know how common miscarriages actually are.
“We tried immediately after and four weeks later we were pregnant again. This time, I had no symptoms, but I was being tested every two days because my chorionic gonadotropin levels were low, which is what nourishes the egg after it’s fertilised.
“I had a gut feeling that this one wouldn’t stick, but it’s unclear how far along I was since I didn’t have a full cycle in between the last one, so it’s thought I was about four weeks in. It was considered a chemical pregnancy since it was so short lived.
“I saw four gynaecologists to try and figure out what was wrong. 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.
“I saw a specialist who redid my blood work and everything was fine. We tested my tubes to make sure they were open, along with the follicle count. I was happy there were no issues found but also stressed because if they couldn’t find anything wrong, how could they help the problem before I miscarried again?”
Since the tests uncovered no problems, Dayna started using fertility enhancing drugs to help her carry to term. In 2018, a fertility doctor warned Dayna and Colby not to try conceiving during the month when she produced six eggs because there was a chance of multiples.
Wonderfully, the couple found out they were growing from a family of three to a family of seven during an ultrasound scan at five weeks when four sacs were visible.
“My specialist found nothing wrong with me and was baffled by the miscarriages. I was an egg donor, a mother of one and my husband’s tests came back fine as well,” said Dayna.
“I was diagnosed with unexplained recurrent miscarriage and secondary infertility, so we went straight into treatment.
“We started with Clomid and Ovidrel, and the idea was that if I produced mature eggs earlier with each cycle, I had a better chance of not miscarrying. The Ovidrel was to force ovulation when we planned to boost our chances of conceiving.
“It wasn’t until the sixth month of treatment that I started using Follistim and in the first cycle we tried it, I was pregnant again. Unfortunately, the baby implanted too late and my body was already preparing for a period. I got my positive late into that cycle, three days before I usually have a period.
“My third loss had me thinking I would never carry to term again, but two cycles later, it happened. I produced six mature eggs, but my doctor advised against trying that month since Follistim has a thirty per cent chance of multiples. My husband and I decided to try anyway since every cycle before, I had four eggs and only conceived once.
“I had very high beta chorionic gonadotropin levels from the beginning, so I was suspicious of multiples. At our five-week ultrasound, it was confirmed that there were four babies.
“The first ultrasound showed four sacs, but we could only see two babies with beating hearts, so I thought it would only be twins at the most, so I was delighted about that but even happier about quads.
“The babies were born in June, Simon weighed three pounds and two ounces, then the other three were two pounds and 14 ounces each.
“When people find out what we went through, they’ve opened up about their own troubles. You don’t realise how common infertility is because everyone keeps it a secret, it’s like we’re all too ashamed to talk about it, but that was what helped me get through it.”
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