First-Time Mum Gɪᴠᴇs Bɪʀᴛʜ To Identical Triplets In Lᴏᴄᴋᴅᴏᴡɴ Bᴇᴀᴛɪɴɢ Incredible Odds

Pʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ in the middle of a ᴘᴀɴᴅᴇᴍɪᴄ is a big challenge for mothers, mainly because ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ women are a group at ʀɪsᴋ of ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪɴɢ ᴄᴏᴠɪᴅ-19. However, for 29-year-old Allana Allard, that moment was even more difficult. During the ʟᴏᴄᴋᴅᴏᴡɴ earlier this year, she was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ with triplets. Allana Allard, 29, and husband Tim, 31, said they couldn’t believe their family had grown by three on their first ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ after trying to ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ for just two weeks. The new mum from Davistown, New South Wales, Australia, said she and Tim had been trying to have a baby for just two weeks before discovering a ᴘᴏsɪᴛɪᴠᴇ result on a home ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ test.

Thrilled with the news, the couple were excited to go to their very first ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ together when Allana was six weeks along – but were left speechless after being told there were three little ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙᴇᴀᴛs coming through. With no history of ᴍᴜʟᴛɪᴘʟᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜs on either side of their families, Allana and Tim said they couldn’t believe their family was about to grow by three in size from their very first ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ. First-time mum who beat 1 in 200 million ɢᴀᴠᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜ to identical triplets while on ᴄᴏʀᴏɴᴀᴠɪʀᴜs ʟᴏᴄᴋᴅᴏᴡɴ.

And after welcoming their identical triplet boys Jaxon, Zac and Zavier in May 2020 – smack bang in the middle of the ᴘᴀɴᴅᴇᴍɪᴄ – the couple wouldn’t have it any other way. Allana, who was born in Falkirk, Sᴄᴏᴛʟᴀɴᴅ but moved to Australia aged 13, said: “We decided to start trying for a baby in October last year, and within just two weeks we were ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ. We were over the moon. We went together to our very first sᴄᴀɴ, and were not really expecting much as it was so early. We heard two ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙᴇᴀᴛs at first, and we were told it was twins. But after doing an internal ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ we got the news it was triplets. Tim went white a ghost and he let out a couple of choice words. I went into sʜᴏᴄᴋ. There is absolutely no history of ᴍᴜʟᴛɪᴘʟᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜs on either side of our families, so it was just totally random. After the initial sʜᴏᴄᴋ wore off, we were just so excited.”

“Of course we were a bit sᴄᴀʀᴇᴅ as all new parents are, but we were so happy.” While the exact figure is unknown, some studies have reported that the chance of a woman having natural identical triplets could be as ʀᴀʀᴇ as 1 in 200 million. And as if expecting triplets was not ᴏᴠᴇʀᴡʜᴇʟᴍɪɴɢ enough, five months into Allana’s ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ the world was turned ᴜᴘsɪᴅᴇ ᴅᴏᴡɴ with the C.O.V.I.D-19 ᴘᴀɴᴅᴇᴍɪᴄ. With strict ʟᴏᴄᴋᴅᴏᴡɴ measures in place to stop the sᴘʀᴇᴀᴅ, the expectant mum was no longer allowed to have her husband attend any important appointments with her. And after her sons were born, the parents were not allowed to have any family visit the triplets in hospital for the three weeks they remained there before coming home.

Allana added that due to the C.O.V.I.D-19 ᴛʀᴀᴠᴇʟ ʙᴀɴs, her beloved 82-year-old grandmother – who would regularly visit Australia from Sᴄᴏᴛʟᴀɴᴅ in previous years – had to postpone her trip to visit her great-grandsons. The admin worker said: “It was such a trying time with C.O.V.I.D. Tim wasn’t allowed in any of the sᴄᴀɴs, he would have to just sit in the car for hours. None of our family members could meet the triplets until we bought them home. They were in the N.I.C.U for three weeks. It’s sᴀᴅ for my great-grandmother, she comes over twice a year usually to see us but now we are not sure when she will be able to meet her great-grandchildren. It really impacted the experience of our first ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ.”

At first the couple assumed that just two of their boys were identical, while the other was fraternal, as Jaxon and Zac were growing in one sᴀᴄ while Zavier was in another. But six weeks after they were born, the parents were sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ after D.N.A ᴛᴇsᴛing revealed their trio were actually genetically identical. Mine worker Tim said: “We never thought they would be identical, as two shared a sᴀᴄ and ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ, while the other had his own. But after they were born, it was obvious they looked exactly the same. People said we should get a D.N.A ᴛᴇsᴛ, just to see. We did a simple ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋ sᴡᴀʙ ᴛᴇsᴛ, and then the results confirmed they were in fact identical triplets. It was amazing to have that confirmation. The boys were born by ᴄ-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ at 33 weeks weighing 1.9kg, 2kg and 2.3kg.”

Now with the triplets nearly six months old, the couple have their routine sorted and are happier than ever with their family-of-five Allana said: “It still ʙʟᴏᴡs my mind to think three babies came out of my belly. It was a good ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ, I didn’t have morning sɪᴄᴋɴᴇss or any major ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs. It took us a few months to get everything sorted. We needed three of everything. It triples the cost of everything. We had to order our pram from overseas but it was delayed because of C.O.V.I.D, thankfully it arrived just in time. We go through at least three tins of formula a week, and the nappies are never ending. We can’t go anywhere in the town without being stopped. Our pram is so big, you can’t miss it. Ending up with triplets was such a sʜᴏᴄᴋ, but such a blessing. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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