A pregnant mother is set to become the youngest woman in Britain to give birth to two sets of twins – aged just 21.
Annie Gladstone had her first pair four years ago and will now make the record books after falling pregnant with another set.
Miss Gladstone and fiance Rich Porter, 26, conceived naturally but said they cannot understand their fertility as neither of their families has a history of twins.
The full-time mother, who turns 22 at the end of September, will become the youngest woman in Britain to have two sets of twins when they arrive on or around September 11.
Royal College of Midwives says it has not heard of anyone in the UK having two sets of twins at such an early age.
‘They say your second baby is easier to cope with than your first, but since our first and second came at the same time, we’re hoping babies three and four are a breeze.
‘As far as I know, I’m the youngest mum in Britain to have two sets of twins. I’m delighted.’
Miss Gladstone said she always wanted another baby after Lillie and Jayden were born in April 2011 so was delighted when she realised in January she was pregnant again.
But the couple’s joy turned to shock when they were told at their 12-week scan that they were expecting two new arrivals.
The couple, from Farnborough, say neither of them are from big families, and neither family has a history of twins.
But we never wanted a big family. Last year I said to Rich that I wanted another baby, and then we’d stop. I guess good things come in twos.’
But her second pregnancy is taking its toll on Miss Gladstone. She is suffering from chronic SPD – Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction – pelvic pain caused by the stress carrying to babies.
For the last part of her pregnancy, the 21-year-old will be forced to use crutches to get around.
She said: ‘SPD is horrible. I’m in constant pain and it’s making looking after Jayden and Lillie so much harder.
‘But it should go away once the babies are born, so I’ll have them to tire me out instead.’