A Sheffield, UK, couple’s family grew in size during the coronavirus lockdown when, just five months after welcoming their second child, Mia, they found out they were expecting triplets.
“It has been a bit of a whirlwind 12 months, we had a lockdown baby and then three more,” said mother of five Jessica Pritchard, 31, who was pregnant twice during the pandemic.
While the primary school teacher admitted to SWNS that giving birth to four babies in less than a year has been exhausting, she said she and her husband Harry, 34, feel “so lucky and blessed” by their new bundles of joy.
While daughter Mia’s May 2020 birth was expected, Jessica was still on maternity leave in October when they learned that they’d be having three more.
They were left “speechless.”
As a result of COVID restrictions, the news came somewhat belatedly to Harry: Safety protocol required Jessica to go by herself to the scan in which she found out she was carrying triplets, and she held out on telling her husband until they were alone together.
“I don’t think he believed me until I showed him the scan picture, he was very excited,” she said. “It was a big shock, but every pregnancy is a blessing so we consider ourselves very blessed.”