A young Czech mother has reportedly defied the odds, becoming the first person in her nation to conceive quintuplets without using IVF. Alexandra Kinova, 23, is booked in to give birth by Caesarean section in a Prague hospital on Sunday, the Daily Mail reports.
The mother of one only discovered she was due to give birth to five children last month.
Ms Kinova was initially told she was pregnant with twins, but after a hospital visit in March doctors told her she was carrying four children.
Last month an ultrasound revealed the presence of a fifth child.
“When we finally found a fifth head, I started to cry,” she said.
Doctors have been unable to tell Ms Kinova the gender of all of her children because three of her babies are blocking a clear view of the other two.
“I very much look forward to seeing how they will look.
It’s a great charm, but we cannot see anything properly – only a head or legs,” she said.
The mother only knows that she has two boys and a girl, which she plans to name Daniel, Michael and Tereza.
Ms Kinova said that both she and her partner have a family history of conceiving twins.
The 23-year-old said her pregnancy had been largely trouble-free, except for morning sickness during the first four months.
She plans to breastfeed as many of her children as she can but understands “that some will be on artificial nutrition.”
ONE IN SEVERAL MILLION: THE ODDS OF NATURALLY CONCEIVING QUINS
The odds of conceiving quintuplets naturally is one in several million, according to Dr Wright Bates, from the University of Alabama.
He told ABC News that quins are ‘exceedingly rare.’
Dr Bates said twins are born in up to one in every 100 births, while triplets are one in every 7,000 to 10,000 births.
Naturally conceived quadruplets are born in every one in 600,000 births.
The first recorded set of quintuplets known to have all survived were the Dionne sisters, who were born in Ontario, Canada.
Fewer than 10 sets of quintuplets are born every year in the United States.
Last month, Guillermina and Fernando Garcia had five babies – three girls and two boys – who weighed between 2 to 3 pounds each at the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City for another six weeks.
In 2010, British mother Vicky Lamb had four girls and two boys after taking a fertility drug but sadly one of the babies died.