A woman who fell pregnant twice during lockdown gave birth to four babies – and her partner can't believe it.
Jessica Pritchard, a primary school teacher, delivered her second daughter Mia in May 2020.
Mia was Jessica's first born in lockdown but then just 11 months later the family welcomed triplets in April 2021.
The family announced the arrival of Ella, George and Olivia, who were born weighing 2lb 9oz, 3lb 11oz and 3lb 13oz respectively.
The 31-year-old, who also has an eight-year-old daughter, Molly, said she and partner Harry Williams, 34, were left 'speechless' when they found out they were expecting triplets.
However, she says they feel "so lucky and blessed" even though it means they now have five children under the age of eight.
She said: "It has been a bit of a whirlwind 12 months, we had a lockdown baby and then three more.
"Mealtimes are fun because they all need feeding at the same time.
"Apart from it taking longer to feed, there are also three nappies to change instead of one.
"I just need to be more organised, but I'm quite an organised person as it is."
Jessica found out she was pregnant with the triplets when she was still on maternity leave from the school she works at.
In October 2020 she discovered she was pregnant and gave birth the following spring.
Due to Covid restrictions, Jessica had to go for her scan alone and broke the triplets news to Harry when she arrived home.
Jessica said: "I was on my own at the scan because of Covid rules and the sonographer initially said I was having twins, which was a shock in itself but then she carried on looking and said she had found a third.
"I was speechless. I could not really believe it at first.
"I waited until I got home to tell Harry as he was with the girls and with it being very early days and because of potential complications with triplets, I didn't want to say in front of them.
"When I did tell him he was also speechless. I don't think he believed me until I showed him the scan picture, he was very excited.
"It was a big shock, but every pregnancy is a blessing so we consider ourselves very blessed."
As a precaution, the triplets were delivered at 31 weeks and spent seven weeks in neo-natal care before being able to go home last month.
They are now settling in the family home in Sheffield, South Yorks., where Molly is enjoying being a big sister to her four younger siblings.
George now weighs 10.11lb, while Olivia is 8.11lb and Ella 7lb exactly.
Jessica added: "We've had them all home together for a couple of weeks and Molly loves being a big sister.
"She adores them all. She's such a good sister and wants to help all of the time.
"The triplets are in a really good routine and I'm quite organised normally anyway so it has gone well so far since they came home."
Jessica was full of praise for NHS staff at Sheffield Hospital's Jessop Wing.
She added: "I was there most of the time but with an 11 month old I was also needed at home which was difficult, but the staff made it as easy for me as they possibly could, reassuring me, sending pictures, updates and answering any questions I had at all.
"They were also very mindful and understanding that we had multiples and did their best to ensure they were together as much as possible to make things easier, even though at times they had different needs, which made a world of difference."
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