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Australian mother carrying five babies rejected suggestion to “reduce” 5 babies to 2

by | Jan 26, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Perth mum Kim Tucci took this photo 11 weeks into her pregnancy. Photo: Facebook

Perth mum Kim Tucci took this photo 11 weeks into her pregnancy. Photo: Facebook

When I read a story today that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, you might think the most amazing thing about Kim Tucci is that the mom of two daughters who is carrying five unborn babies is that she is in the habit of “going to the toilet 12 times a night and having to eat 6000 calories a day.”

Then you take a few minutes out and go to her “Surprised by Five” Facebook page and you get a real sense for how difficult it is to carry five babies—and much those babies are valued by Tucci and her husband.

On September 26, she wrote about the physical demands and being “scared of the unknown” and how “Yesterday wasn’t a good day.” But then she writes

After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method to give 2 babies the best chance in life… I watched a YouTube video on the procedure and I cried, I could never do that! Was I selfish for not giving two the chance of 100% survival?? All I knew is that I already love them and that every heart beat I heard I connect with them more.

For me life starts when a heart starts beating and all I know for sure is that I will do whatever it takes to bring them into this world healthy.

Quins_1reReporter Heather McNeill wrote today

Ms. Tucci, who has received support from thousands of well-wishers following her journey online, thanked her fans on her blog and credited her husband for helping her get through the pregnancy.

“My skin on my belly is so stretched it’s painful and hot to touch, it literally feels like I have hives!! No amount of cream helps relieve the discomfort,” she said.

“I have a lot of stretch marks now, dealing with such a huge change in my body is hard.

A bit of an irony is that after having two girls, the couple wanted a boy. Well, they did get their boy—and four more girls! Post after post tells her 147,000 followers that her babies’ health and wellbeing comes first.

McNeil ends her story with an update:

It is not clear when the babies will be born, but a post on Ms. Hoskins’ Facebook page hinted they may be here sooner than expected.

“Kim has carried her babies all the way into the third trimester and five healthy babies are expected to arrive any day now,” she posted on January 19.

“She could not be more beautiful… her strength just shines through in every image. A true goddess, indeed.”

The odds of naturally conceiving quintuplets is one in 60 million.

Since 1980, there have been two other sets of quintuplets born in Western Australia.

Categories: Unborn Children