Beata Bienias, 36, has almost given up hope of becoming a mother due to health issues including polycystic ovaries. At 17 stone, she was also overweight.
However, she went on to lose weight and have an IVF embryo transfer treatment in the hope of conceiving with husband Pawel, 40.
After undergoing the IVF, she had a surprise in store. The shocked mum was told she was expecting triplets, after conceiving non-identical twins days before her IVF treatment, and a third child through the IVF.
Factory worker Beata, from Corsham, Wiltshire, is now the proud mother of triplets: one boy named Borris and two girls, named Amelia and Matilda.
She said: “It was the biggest miracle. I never thought something this incredible could happen to me.
“I spent many days thinking that maybe I was the person who would never have a baby.
I never, ever thought there would be three in there.
“I still can’t quite believe it when I look at the three of them. I’m so happy,” she added.
So how common is this situation? Fertility expert Emma Cannon, who founded the Emma Cannon Clinic in Chelsea, London, says it is on par with a “miracle”.
She told SWNS: “In my 25 years as a fertility specialist, I have only come across one or two scenarios in which women have fallen pregnant whilst undergoing IVF treatment.
“But this has happened before the embryo transfer takes place – and they then choose to proceed with the natural pregnancy, and do not proceed with the IVF cycle.
“I have never encountered anyone who has conceived naturally before, or around the time of, embryo transfer, and then gone on to become pregnant via the IVF cycle as well.
“But I also know that there is much we do not understand and miracles do happen. I wish Beata all the very best with her three little miracles.”
Of course, not every one of the 3.5 million people struggling with infertility in the UK are given access to IVF treatment.
As recent statistics from the leading patient charity Fertility Network reveal, there is something of a postcode lottery for IVF which excludes many would-be patients from undergoing treatment on the NHS.
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