14/08/2014 16:57 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

FOUR Babies In ONE Year! Mum Expecting Triplets Nine Months After Birth Of Son

Jeremy Durkin

We would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to mum-to-be Sarah Ward – along with some sympathy.

For Sarah, 28, is expecting TRIPLETS in March – when her baby son, Freddie, will be just nine months old. Four babies in one year!

Sarah, who lives with partner Benn Smith, told Reveal magazine: "Falling pregnant so soon after having our baby was a real shock but to find out it was triplets knocked us for six.

"Having four babies under the age of one is going to be insane, but I cannot wait to hold them in my arms. We feel so blessed."

The babies will be delivered in nine weeks' time at the Medway Maritime Hospital in Kent when Ms Ward is 34 weeks pregnant.

At first the couple, from Crayford, were told they were expecting three non-identical sons, but later scans revealed one of the babies was a girl.

They have named their sons Reggie and Stanley and daughter Charley.

Amazingly, there was a time when Sarah thought she'd never be a mum. She and Benn started trying for a baby in September 2011 but she didn't become pregnant.

She made an appointment to see her GP but the week before, in September 2012, she found out she was expecting and Freddie was born on June 1 last year.

Sarah said: "Freddie was such a perfect happy baby and we both loved being parents so much that we already decided we wanted another before we left hospital."

Because it had taken her so long to conceive, Sarah assumed the same would happen again so didn't give contraception a second thought when she and Benn became intimate again.

But just a month later, Sarah's period was late.

She recalled: "Benn laughed and made a joke about me being pregnant but of course neither of us really expected that. I thought it was just my hormones after the birth."

But a week on she took a test which confirmed she was expecting again – when Freddie was just eight weeks old.

Sarah said: "I was shaking. I was looking at the blue line on the stick and then at my tiny baby thinking this cannot really be happening."

But that was nothing compared to the shock when she discovered she was expecting triplets.

She said when she was told at the scan: "I just started shaking with shock and asking her if she was sure. Benn's mouth was hanging wide open. Neither of us could speak."

Then the due date was confirmed as April 28 2014 and Sarah realised it meant she would have given birth to four babies in less than one year.

She said: "Considering I thought I wouldn't ever be a mum at one point, to then go to having four babies felt like a miracle."

Jeremy Durkin

Sarah is now 25 weeks pregnant and doctors plan to deliver the babies in nine weeks' time when she is 34 weeks pregnant.

But despite the hard work that lies ahead, Sarah is excited.

She said: "I'll be changing 40 nappies a day and making up to 20 bottles. It's going to be manic.

"Freddie will only be nine months old with the triplets arrive.

"It's going to be very cramped with four babies in a one bedroom house until we move and I'm disappointed that they cannot offer us a property earlier.

"But we have amazing family and friends supporting us and we cannot wait to meet our little miracles."

She told the magazine: "We'll be short of space and money with four babies under one – but we'll not be short on love."

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