Mother-of-three falls pregnant with TRIPLETS while using contraception

Woman, 26, is now a mother-of-six after falling pregnant with TRIPLETS despite having the contraceptive coil

  • Bethany Smith, from Burton, Staffordshire, had an emergency C-section in April
  • Girls Kiren and Kirit and son Arjan were born at 31 weeks at Royal Derby Hospital
  • Bethany and partner Kay Singh, 38, weren’t able to see their premature babies for days after giving birth in lockdown due to the risk posed by Covid-19
  • Student teacher and part-time hairdresser Bethany is now a mother-of-six

A mother-of-three who was stunned to discover she was expecting triplets despite using the coil as contraception has told how she wasn’t allowed to see her babies for days after having an emergency C-section in lockdown. 

Bethany Smith, 26, from Burton, Staffordshire, and her partner Kay Singh, 38, welcomed daughters Kiren and Kirit and son Arjan on April 4. 

Student teacher and part-time hairdresser Bethany, already mum to Reuben, seven, Pria, six, and Mari, four, hadn’t been trying for more children and had a coil device fitted.

The coil – also known as an intrauterine device (IUD) – is a small T-shaped device put into the womb by a doctor or nurse.

Bethany Smith, 26, from Burton, Staffordshire, was stunned to discover she was expecting triplets (pictured) despite using the coil as contraception. She is now a mother-of-six

It releases copper which makes it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg and survive and is designed to prevent pregnancy for between five and 10 years. 

Neither Bethany nor Kay have multiple births in their family, so it was a big shock to discover they were expecting triplets.  

The three babies were delivered at just 31 weeks at the Royal Derby Hospital and put on ventilators immediately because their lungs were so weak. 

It meant the couple were separated from their brood at birth and were unable to see them for several days due to the risk posed by Covid-19.

Neither Bethany nor Kay have multiple births in their family, so it was a big shock to discover they were expecting triplets (pictured)

Arjan weighed 3lb 5oz, Kiren was 3lb 4oz and Kirit was 3lb 9oz, and the three babies remained in hospital for three weeks. 

Bethany told The Derby Telegraph: ‘It was really horrendous. I couldn’t see the girls for two days as they were on breathing equipment.

‘Only one parent could visit once a day and we had to wear masks, gowns and gloves. It was very surreal and not how you’d imagine.

Student teacher and part-time hairdresser Bethany, already mum to Reuben, seven, Pria, six, and Mari, four, hadn’t been trying for more children and had a coil device fitted when she fell pregnant (pictured with the triplets)

‘All the excitement of having a baby was taken away because of Covid-19. We couldn’t do what normal parents would.’

Bethany had a scare at 26 weeks when she went into labour and was rushed to a hospital in London where thankfully they managed to stop it.

After they were born, the trio remained in hospital for three weeks before they were allowed to go home. 

Speaking to The Sun, Kay said it was ‘heartbreaking’ when the triplets were whisked away to intensive care after the birth and he and Bethany had to visit them separately.

The three babies were delivered at just 31 weeks at the Royal Derby Hospital and put on ventilators immediately because their lungs were so weak

Kay said the triplets are ‘absolute miracles’, adding: ‘It was touch and go that they would even survive the birth. Now they’re been born in the middle of this pandemic’

‘We couldn’t kiss them and that was very difficult. It’s been a really difficult few weeks and very stressful,’ he admitted.

Kay said the triplets are ‘absolute miracles’, adding: ‘It was touch and go that they would even survive the birth. Now they’re been born in the middle of this pandemic,’ he said. 

The triplets are now said to be making great progress.  

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