Alexandra Kinova and her partner Antonin Kroscen always dreamt of having a big family someday. They just never realized it was going to happen so soon. They assumed they’d have time. Then she got pregnant with twins, or so she thought. But an ultrasound revealed the shocking truth.
They Were Excited to Be Pregnant
When a couple learns that they’re expecting a baby, it can be a very exciting time. So, when Alexandra Kinova and her partner Antonin Kroscen from the Czech Republic discovered they were having a baby, they were very excited. But they had no idea what life had in store for them.
Parenthood Didn’t Scare Her
She was 23 years old at the time but she wasn’t scared at all. She already had one child, so she knew exactly what to expect from the bundle of joy cooking in her proverbial oven. But she had no idea what life had in store for her!
She Thought She Had It All Figured Out
She assumed that her second pregnancy would be a breeze since she had already had a trial run with her first baby. But when she went to the doctor, she got some information she never could have expected.
She Wasn’t Just Having One
Kinova thought she was having one child, but it turns out that she was having twins. Although women have been having twins for centuries, this birth was about to make history, but no one knew it at the time... not even the doctors.
They Had No Idea What Was Happening
Had she been abducted by aliens and taken aboard the mothership? Was she pregnant with alien babies? Was her partner not the father? Was this going to turn into a Maury moment? She had no idea, but an ultrasound offered some insight, or did it?
They Scheduled Another Check-Up
The initial ultrasound didn't offer much information other than the fact that they could confirm Kinova was pregnant. At the early stage in her pregnancy, her doctors were glad to see she was healthy and no one involve could expect what the next ultrasound would find.
The Doctors Were Surprised
Kinova's next check up brought more answers than the first. With just a few more weeks of time, her doctors were able to identify the heartbeat of her baby, and to everyone's joy, they found more than they bargained for...
Her Joy Was Multiplied by the Power of Two
When Kinova finally had her ultrasound, she discovered that she was carrying twins. She couldn’t believe her luck, and neither could Kroscen. They were going to be parents of three rather than two children, since Kinova already had a child. But their assumptions were a little premature.
They Started Planning for Twins
For months, the couple started planning for twins. They bought baby clothes and the furniture they would need to keep their babies nice and comfortable. But they were oblivious of what was coming and it was a doozy.
She Was Oblivious to the Truth
As the time passed between check-ups, Kinova never expected that her pregnancy was out of the ordinary or that it would soon become international news. Surely, having twins isn't something that strange, is it?
Something Still Seemed Off
As Kinova's pregnancy continued, she once again felt that something was wrong. So, she counted the days until her next doctor's appointment and assured herself that everything would be fine until then.
Her Next Check-Up Was Alarming
When her next doctor's appointment came around, her doctors looked at her medical records and back at Kinova and seemed baffled. What could they see about her that immediately tipped them off that something was wrong? Whatever it was, they knew they needed to get her another ultrasound and figure out what was going on.
Her Husband Didn't Know What to Expect
Her husband, who was by her side during her first pregnancy and who joined his wife to all of her doctors appointments couldn't guess what the doctors were expecting to find in this ultrasound. He also didn't suspect that he would soon have more on his plate than he could handle.
She Was Sure Everything Would Be Okay
Even as her husband and doctors showed concern for Kinova, she didn't let her confidence waver. She knew that she had taken good care of herself since finding out that she was pregnant and she never missed a dose of her prenatal vitamins. Kinova was sure that her babies would be healthy, but the doctor's face told a different story...
The Doctors Weren't So Sure
As Kinova was taken to a hospital room for her appointment, she overheard doctors speaking in hushed tones around her and throwing concerned glances her way. What was so obvious to them that she couldn't see?
She Was Worried For Her Children
The glances that her doctors gave her as they lead her to her room was worrisome. Even Kinova started to worry about her health, as she hadn't before she stepped foot in her doctor's office. When she left the office that day, she too would understand why her doctors were so worried.
Everything They Believed Was a Lie
Kinova's ultrasound was a fairly routine procedure, as it is for any expectant mother. But, her doctors were concerned at just how much her stomach had grown in the few months that she was pregnant. That’s when doctors gave the couple some news that left them shaken to the core.
She Feared She Had Miscarried
When the doctors told her she wasn’t carrying twins, she assumed they meant that one of the babies had passed away in utero. Perhaps one of the twins absorbed the other twin, which tends to happen during multiple births. But that wasn’t the case either.
She Wanted Answers
If Kinova wasn't expecting twins, what was going on? Had she even been pregnant at all, or was she experiencing some strange tumor that had grown at a crazy rate. The answer was something that hadn't been seen in nearly 500 years.
She Was Scared for Her Health
Being left without answers made Kinova start to fear for her health, and more so for the health of her unborn babies. She had done everything right and watched what she ate since she learned that she was expecting. Even the thought of losing her babies brought her to tears.
The Doctors Were Shocked
At just one glance, her doctors knew that Kinova's pregnancy wasn't normal for a woman expecting twins. Her stomach had grown at a rate that wasn't normal for a woman even expecting triplets. The ultrasound they performed brought the doctors suspicions to light, but they still didn't have answers for the expectant mother.
The Ultrasound Brought Up More Questions than Answers
Was Kinova expecting triplets? Like anything in medicine, it was hard to tell. Her ultrasound proved that she was at least expecting more babies than she initially was told, but they weren't sure just how many she could expect.
She Was No Longer Carrying Twins
For a moment, her heart sank when doctors told her she wasn’t having twins. Luckily, she was still pregnant. She just wasn’t having only two babies. And once she found out the real story, she simply couldn’t believe it.
She Didn’t Know How Many Babies Were Coming
The doctors told her she wasn’t carrying twins. But she wasn’t carrying triplets either. Kinova hadn’t undergone any kind of fertility treatment, so the likelihood of multiple births was impossible, and yet, all signs seem to suggest otherwise. But how many was she actually having?
She Was About to Have a Full House
After making sure for themselves, the doctors broke the news that she was having quadruplets. Understandably, the couple was startled. They initially thought they’d only have two children. Suddenly they realized they were going to have five children in total, including the one they already had. And just when they thought they were through with surprises, another one popped up unexpectedly.
There Was Still One More Surprise
Kinova and Kroscen rushed to the store and started buying for the two extra babies they hadn’t foreseen. But then she went in for another ultrasound, and it revealed something no one had seen coming.
The Ultrasound Revealed Another
The couple already knew they were having four babies. But this time the ultrasound showed that there was a fifth baby in utero. Kinova was having quintuplets. But why hadn’t doctors detected it before?
They Couldn’t See the Baby
Doctors didn’t know about the fifth baby right away because there were so many fetuses in Kinova’s belly. They were also constantly moving around in there so that made it difficult to get an accurate scan. But there was still something they couldn’t figure out. Was there a sixth baby?
She Wanted to Know the Genders
Kinova wasn’t expecting sextuplets but she still wanted to know the gender of the babies so she could figure out how many blue baby outfits versus pink outfits they had to buy. Unfortunately, with so many babies, doctors couldn’t make out the gender of the unborn fetuses yet. But would they find out before the birth?
The Babies Were Ready for Their Debut
The couple had to wait until the babies were born to figure out their genders. When Kinova went into labor, there were 40 people in the room to take care of her and the quintuplets. A lot could go wrong with so many babies. But was her life in danger, too?
Extra Doctors Were Called to the Operating Room
Doctors at her hospital had never experienced a multiple birth with so many babies, so extra hands were on deck to keep mother and children safe. A cameraman was even brought in to capture the incredible moment on tape. There was hardly any space in the operating room for Kinova's husband or parents to witness the birth.
Extra Nurses Were on Staff, Too
Each baby was looked after by two nurses as soon as they were born, to check their vitals and make sure they were healthy. It is a common occurrence during multiple births for one or more of the babies to experience health problems or not live long after the birth. It was vital that these nurses checked on each and every baby immediately.
All Were Born By C-Section
Because of the amount of babies, Kinova needed to deliver by C-section under the supervision of many doctors. This was the safest method of delivery to ensure that there weren't any unnecessary birth complications.
The Smallest One Needed Extra Attention
Each of the babies needed attention, and extra support was given to the smallest of the children. After just a few days of recovery, Kinova and all five of her new babies left the hospital to start their life as a family together.
They Now Had Five New Family Members
According to the neonatal unit’s chief medical doctor, the births took place without any complications. The couple was so happy with their new family. But how many boys and girls did they end up having?
Grandma Lent a Helping Hand
Kinova's mother and her husband's mother not only assisted Kinova in carrying the babies out of the hospital, they also joined the new parents at their home for the next few weeks to help take care of their grandchildren. But, they also insisted on asking for government assistance for their grandchildren, because the births soon became national news...
They Knew Their Genders and Their Names
Kinova and Kroscen were beyond happy with their new family. She gave birth to 4 boys which she named Deniel, Michael, Alex, and Martin. She also gave birth to a girl named Terezka. But she had no idea she had broken a record.
The Birth Made Local History
One of the obstetricians in the room that day was Alena Makarova. She did some research after Kinova gave birth and discovered that the family had made local history on the day the quintuplets were born. But what made these babies so special?
They Were the First of Their Kind
Makarova was interviewed by The Telegraph. The obstetrician stated that birth statistics in the Czech Republic had been recorded since 1949 and there was no mention of any quintuplets. So, was Kinova the first mom in this region to ever give birth to five children?
Quadruplets Are as Rare as Quintuplets
It turns out that in the Czech Republic, quintuplets are born only on an average of about once every 480 years. What makes this even more interesting is that the odds of conceiving quadruplets naturally is one in seven million. But what about quintuplets born around the world?
Most Multiple Births Are the Result of IVF
Quintuplets born around the world are usually the result of some type of fertility treatment like In Vitro Fertilization. But since Kinova conceived naturally, is it possible that the answer to this mysterious multiple birth lies in her family genes?
Multiple Births Are Normal in Their Family
According to Kinova and Kroscen, twins run naturally in both their families. Because of their combined family history, it’s not surprising that they gave birth to quintuplets. Caring for one child is tough enough. But five can be exhausting. Did they have enough help?
They Had a Few Helping Hands
People from all over the world offered the couple donations to help support their huge family. They also received plenty of help in taking care of the babies from family and friends. And now that the history-making family is complete, they can look forward to a happy future together.
Donations Were Raised to Ease Living Costs
When the story broke that Kinova's quints were born, people from all over the world offered their support in the form of donations to the couple. Because an event like this is seldom seen, there were hurdles that the couple had to go through to access the money that was being raised for them.
The Local Government Gave a Helping Hand
One thing that stopped the couple from getting access to outside donations was the fact that the government had already agreed to give the family some assistance. They provided the family with a nanny, but that was soon proven to not be enough help to care for the six young children in the house.
A Request for Aid Was Denied
Requests for more government assistance were denied, but only because the system had never dealt with a situation like Kinova's family before. The Czech Social Affairs Ministry released a statement that said, "Simply put, our system is not prepared for such multiple instances of 'good luck.'"
Nothing Will Tear Them Apart
Despite the hurdles that the new family has had to endure to take care of their miraculous children, Kinova is happy raising her children. With every birthday that passes, the family celebrates with five little cakes for each of the children and invite all of their friends over to share in the excitement.
More Than She Can Handle
At times, five babies seemed like too much to handle, but Kinova and her husband have proved that anything is possible. Medical advisors said that the babies have a 95% chance of growing up healthy, and every day they beat the odds.
The Quints Turn 5!
Even five years after the miraculous birth, Kinova hasn't lost her stamina as she has grown into motherhood. One thing that fuels her is the fact that her situation is so rare. The chance of naturally conceived quintuplets is one in 48 million pregnancies. Some 800 quintuplets live in the world, more than 130 of whom were conceived spontaneously.
A Happy Family
With years having passed since Alexandra first learned that she was expecting quintuplets, she never expected her children to fill her life with so much joy. But, one thing is for sure, she doesn't want to have any more kids!