Alexandra Kinova and her husband, Antonin Kroscen, had plans to start their own family. However, they were very unprepared for what was about to happen. They figured they had some time before starting their family together, but then they found out she was pregnant! They thought she was having twins, but were terribly mistaken. What was meant to be an ordinary visit to the doctor revealed something totally unexpected…
Happy To Be Expecting
Alexandra and her partner Antonin, a couple from the Czech republic were very excited when they heard that they were expecting a child. This is normal for any couple, but they were unprepared for what was coming for them.
Ready For Parenthood
Although she was only 23, she wasn’t afraid of the future. Since she was already the mother of her child, she knew what to expect going forward. Little did she know that she was completely unprepared for what life had in store.
She Thought It Was Under Control
She figured her second pregnancy would be easy since she had already done it once before. Unfortunately, after visiting the doctor, she realized that this couldn’t be further from the truth. But what did they tell her?
More Than She Thought
While she was ready to have one child, she soon learned that she was having twins. It wasn’t that having twins was such an unusual concept, but this birth alone was about to be legendary and nobody knew at the time.
The possibilities were endless. Was she pregnant with an alien? Was Antonin not the father? The truth could be anything, but at least the ultrasound would help her understand in some way what was going on.
The first ultrasound was just like any other and Kinova simply saw that she was pregnant. The doctors were pleased that she was healthy and had no impression that something unsettling would be found in the second one.
Even The Doctors Didn’t Know
Kinova visited the doctor once more and this time she learned some new information and within several weeks they found a heartbeat. But not just one.. this was not what they were planning for.
Double The Fun
After Kinova had her ultrasound she learned she had twins in her belly. The couple was in complete shock. They were already parents of 1 and now they were about to be the parents of three. They had no clue what was coming.
They spent the upcoming months planning and preparing for their twins. They purchased baby clothes and furniture to keep their babies comfortable. While they thought they were doing everything right, they were completely unaware of what was to come.
Unaware Of The Truth
In between her check-ups, everything seemed to be going as planned and Kinova did not expect anything out of the ordinary. While she was having twins, this still wasn’t unheard of to happen to a mother.
Something’s Not Right
She was getting deeper into her pregnancy and she could sense that something wasn’t completely right. She waited anxiously for her next appointment and told herself that she would be okay in the meantime.
Finally The Truth
When it came time for her next doctor’s appointment, they looked at her records and also at Kimova and were a bit confused. There was something about her that seemed slightly off. They decided to order a second ultrasound to get to the bottom of it.
Her Husband Was Completely Lost
Her partner was with her through everything and was present at all doctor’s appointments. He certainly could have never predicted what to find in the ultrasound nor for his new responsibilities.
Kinova’s doctor and husband were becoming more concerned about her, despite this, she always remained calm and collective. She had been taking good care of herself ever since she found out she was pregnant and never missed a chance to take her vitamins. While she did not doubt that her babies would be healthy, her doctor made her think the opposite.
The Doctor’s Would Say Differently
Kinova was brought to the hospital for her doctor’s visit and she listened as doctors spoke in quite tons about her pregnancy. She didn’t understand the secrecy and the fact that they didn’t notice she was standing right there.
Concerned For Her Newborns
Her doctors’ faces said it all and gave her cause for panic. She was trying her best to stay positive but the moment she stepped into the doctor’s office that all chance. After her check-up that day she would understand why her doctor was becoming concerned about her.
The Opposite Of What They Thought
Going for an ultrasound was normal for an expecting mother but the reason the doctors were so concerned was because of how much her stomach had grown in such a short time. Finally, the doctors broke the news and the couple could not believe their ears.
Expecting The Worst
The doctors broke the news that she was not carrying twins so she immediately assumed that one of the babies passed away. It happens sometimes where one twin eats the other but, that was not what happened in her situation.
Looking For The Answers
Now she knew she wasn’t expecting twins, but what was it that she was expecting? She was starting to think that she wasn’t pregnant and maybe she just had a strange tumor that couldn’t stop growing. What they found hadn’t been seen in over 500 years.
Fearing For Her Future
Kinova wasn’t sure what exactly was going on and she was getting more concerned about her health. She was following everything exactly how she was supposed to and was eating correctly. She was so upset to think that she may lose her babies.
The Doctors Couldn’t Believe It
By taking one look the doctors could tell that Kinova’s pregnancy wasn’t the norm for a woman expecting twins. Her stomach was increasing at an unusual speed that wasn’t even normal for a woman expecting triplets. The ultrasound offered some help but they still didn’t have all the answers they were hoping for.
Just More Questions
It was hard to tell what exactly was going from the ultrasound. It was clear she was not just expecting twins, but they were still not entirely just how many children she was going to have. Wow, that must have been unsettling for Kinova.
The doctors broke the news that she wasn’t having twins and her heart sank to her stomach. This is the worst news to hear when your expecting twins, it makes a mother feel like they are no longer carrying a child. However, the truth was completely the opposite.
No Official Number
The doctors informed her that she wasn’t having twins or triplets. This seemed confusing, especially since she had not gone through any type of fertility treatment and so she wasn’t likely of having multiple births. It seemed that anything was possible at this point.
The Party Is Coming
The doctors confirmed amongst themselves and then confirmed with Kinova that she was having quadruplets. She was baffled by this, especially since she was already surprised to hear she was having twins! Now they were about to have a full house with 5 children! Finally, the surprises were over… or that’s what they thought.
More To Come
The couple rushed back to the store to buy more items for their new babies. Now they had everything they needed for four babies. However, when they went in for another checkup, the ultrasound revealed something entirely.
Another One Joins The Party
Alexandra and her husband Antonin were getting used to the idea of having four babies when they saw something in the ultrasound. Now they weren’t just having two babies or four, but instead, they were having five!
One Was Hiding
The doctors did not see the fifth baby right away because of all the fetuses in Kinova’s belly. They were all moving around and it was difficult to get a clear picture. Suddenly they noticed something else in the scan… Was it possible that there was a sixth baby?
Although she wasn’t expecting sixth babies, now that she was ready for it she still wanted to know if they would be boys or girls. She needed to know what she should be prepared in terms of outfits and colors, but the doctors could not give her those answers just yet.
The Big Day
Kinova was going to have to wait for the day to find out the genders of her babies. Kinova went into labor and 40 people were waiting in the waiting room for her and the quintuplets. It was clear that a lot could go wrong with so many babies involved but maybe her life was being threatened as well.
Calling For Help
The hospital staff and doctors on call were not used to so many births at once and they needed all the hands they could have. They even asked a cameraman to come in to capture the experience on film. There was barely room for Kinova’s own family or husband!
All Hands On Deck
As soon as they popped out, each baby was looked after by two nurses. They had to check their vitals and make sure everything was running smoothly since there were so many births at once. All nurses were called in to monitor the babies.
Safety Comes First
Given her situation, Kinova was forced to have a C-section. She was told that this would be the most responsible and secure method to make the babies were delivered in the safest way possible, without any problems.
The Little One
All of the babies required attention, but the littlest one needed a bit of extra support. Kinova and her babies spent several days in the hospital until they were taken home and ready to start a new life together.
A Family Of Five
All of the births went smoothly and they now had a big happy family of five. The real question was now how many boys and how many girls the couple ended up having! Truthfully, as long as they all came out safely is really what we care about.
Their house was about to get a bit fuller with 5 babies in addition to Kinova’s mother and her husband’s mother. They came to help the parents bring the babies home from the hospital but also moved into their home to offer further assistance. That’s not all they did, but they also asked the government for assistance since the babies soon became national news.
Alexandra and Antonin were so happy with their family of eight had four boys, who were named Daniel, Alex, and Martin. The fifth was the only girl named Terezka. Turns out she even broke a record.
Alena Makarova was an obstetrician in the room and she did some research after the birth and discovered that this birth story was part of history. It was obvious that giving birth to 5 babies was a big deal, yet it wasn’t clear what it was that made them so special.
The obstetrician was interviewed by the Telegraph and she explained that there had never been a mention of quintuplets, and she had all the records since 1949. Essentially, Kinova was the first mother to give birth to five children in the whole area.
Quadruplets Are Just As Rare
In the Czech Republic, it has been found that quintuplets are born only once every 480 years. The chances of giving birth to quadruplets here are one in seven million. They decided to look at these statistics around the world.
Giving birth to quintuplets is usually rare and is due to fertility treatment like In Virto Fertilization. However, Kinova conceived these babies naturally and the answer is probably found in her genes.
Kinova and Kroscen both explained that twins are common in their families. Since they run in both of their families, it is not completely surprising that they gave birth to quintuplets. Wow, five babies, that most be tiring!
Their family was receiving many donations and helping hands for their large family. Aside from financial support, they also had their family and friends who were willing to lend a hand wherever they could.
As soon as people started to hear about the quints’ birth, people from around the world wanted to help any way that they could, including with donations. This type of news is pretty rare and everyone was interested in helping raise money any way that they could.
Help From The Government
Unfortunately, the family couldn’t access outside donations because the government agreed to prove the family with assistance. They sent them a nanny, but over time they would see that this was not sufficient with 6 children.
The system had never experienced a situation like Kinova and her family before so they denied providing extra government assistance. The Czech Social Affairs Ministry announced a statement saying “Simply put, our system is not prepared for such multiple instances of ‘good luck.’”
Although the family has gone through many obstacles they are still extremely happy to be raising their children and are excited to celebrate each birthday and celebration that their family of five shares together.
Too Much For Her
While it was certainly difficult taking care of five babies, Kinova and her husband have shown that you achieve anything as long as you put your mind to it. Given the condition, they were born in to, these babies have a 95% chance of growing up healthy and every day live the risk.
Five years later and Kinova is still as energetic and loving as she was when the quintuplets were born. She is also motivated because her situation is extremely uncommon. The likelihood of conceiving quintuplets is one in 48 million pregnancies. There around 800 quintuplets around the world and 130 were conceived randomly.
Big Happy Family
Time has passed since Alexandra learned that she was going to give birth to quintuplets and she didn’t ever foresee a life with so much love and happiness. All she knows for sure is that she has no plans having more children, despite her immense love for her children.