A woman who suffered a devastating miscarriage after trying for a baby for four years vowed a second round of IVF would be her last – before giving birth to ‘miracle’ triplet.
Niketa Bell, 25, struggled to fall pregnant after her husband Mark, 30, discovered a congenital defect meant it would be difficult to have children naturally.
However, after a couple of unsuccessful years, the couple sought IVF treatment.
Niketa fell pregnant after the first round but the couple’s joy quickly turned to despair after she suffered a miscarriage at 12 weeks in May 2018.
She initially refused a second round of IVF because of the emotion and trauma both her and Mark had already suffered.
But not giving up hope, she plucked up the courage to give it one last shot and fell pregnant again in September last year.
Niketa said: “I always said I would never go through IVF again because of how hard it was. It is tough and emotional.
“I decided to do it but told myself it would be the final time, that this was the final chance.”
Amazingly, the couple, from Carlisle, Cumbria, discovered they had been blessed with not one but three tiny “miracles” – and now have everything they ever wanted.
They welcomed their children – Lola, Jacob and Tommy – into the world eight weeks early by emergency caesarean section at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary on April 7.
Lola Frances was first born, weighing just 3lbs, followed by her identical twin brothers Jacob Douglas and Tommy James, who weighed 3lb 8oz and 3lb 10oz respectively.
They were transferred to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and were initially cared for at the Cumberland Infirmary’s Special Care Baby Unit.
Niketa, who works as a healthcare assistant at Cumberland Infirmary, said: “It didn’t sink in until I actually saw them in the incubator and I thought ‘they are mine.