An Australian mother has opened up about the moment she discovered she was pregnant – just six weeks after giving birth to her first daughter.
Eliza Curby, 27, from Sydney’s northern beaches, went from being a mum of none to a mother of three – Charlie, Jack and Wolfe – in 12 ‘very short’ months.
‘For several weeks I had felt seriously seriously exhausted, which I put down to sleep deprivation,’ Eliza told Daily Mail Australia.
Eliza and her partner, Ben, welcomed their daughter 18 months ago, and the new mum said the weeks following her birth were a ‘whirlwind’.
Eliza said she was breastfeeding at the time and having discovered that hormone-altering forms of contraception didn’t suit her had decided to ‘work around the old wives’ tale that breastfeeding acted as a natural contraceptive’.
‘However, I’ll admit – again with Mum being a midwife – I was aware that nothing is foolproof.’
And on this occasion it wasn’t.
After suffering from a dull headache every morning and a general ‘lack of bounce’, Eliza started to wonder if she might be pregnant.
‘I laughed with Ben about the prospect that perhaps I was pregnant again – and that what it remained for some time – a big joke,’ Eliza said.
‘So I took a pregnancy test just to be sure – and it came back negative.’
She took another test a week later and the result came back the same – negative.
‘And so over the course of about four weeks I continued to take them – I was unconvinced – and then boom ‘positive’,’ Eliza said.
‘I was shocked but at the same time kind of excited to say to Ben ‘I was right!”
The new mother said the news also made her apprehensive about how things would work out logistically but she was happy because she had always wanted ‘lots of kids’.
Soon after, Eliza went to the doctor to confirm the pregnancy and was sent for an ultrasound, where there was another surprise to come.
‘He turned to us and said “Look it’s too early to say but I think it’s twins”. I was shocked. I couldn’t help but start laughing. That nervous ‘what happens now’ kind of awkward laugh. I really did think it was hilarious.’
Eliza added that a psychic friend of her had told her three years earlier that she would have three children in ‘quick succession’.
After it was confirmed she was expecting twins, Eliza said she went into full on ‘prep mode’ – immersing herself in the online world of mummy blogs and taking tips from the Australian Multiple Birth Association.
Her twins, Jack and Wolfe, now seven months, were born on Christmas Eve 2016 via emergency caesarean.