Finding Knowing that you are pregnant with multiples, such as twins, triplets, or more, is better experienced than imagined. It is said that she has multiple births when she gives birth to two or more babies from the same pregnancy.

A combination of factors, including the widespread use of assisted reproductive techniques and the advancing maternal age at conception, is part of the reason many women have many babies at once these days.

Also, with better care of preterm births, the number of multiple births has increased over the years both in Nigeria and internationally.

This was precisely what Nneka went through when she found out she was pregnant with more than one baby, after struggling with unexplained infertility for three years. No official explanation or outright problem or challenge could be found as the cause of her fertility struggles.

The couple had always dreamed of having twins and actually entered the fertility treatment process with the hope of having twins. But learning that Nneka was pregnant with twins still came as a shock. The discovery excited and scared them.

She was eight weeks pregnant when an ultrasound confirmed twin fetuses. At 14 weeks, another ultrasound revealed that the babies could be identical twins because they shared the same placenta.

The road to conception was not easy. After unsuccessfully trying to conceive naturally and realizing they weren’t rejuvenating, Nneka and her husband Emeka had enough of the barrage of evidence and decided to take the next step. They opted for IVF as a last resort to address her unexplained infertility problem.

After a scheduled consultation at a reputable fertility center in Lagos, preliminary fertility tests began in earnest. With mixed emotions, they started intrauterine insemination as the first treatment.

But after two unsuccessful rounds, they chose to go ahead with IVF. Egg retrieval came first, there were 10 eggs in total. Nneka was anxious throughout the process, but she was satisfied with the number of eggs harvested. She then came waiting for confirmation of whether the eggs were fertilized. Of the 10 eggs, four embryos reached the blastocyst stage (one day five embryos) and the center proceeded with the embryo transfer.

The specialist explained that transferring two embryos was the best option, as it would likely minimize unexpected multiples, noting that IVF may give a higher chance of multiples with blastocysts.

Prior to transfer, blastocysts from the IVF cycle were sorted and the highest quality ones were identified. In the end, two of the best quality embryos were transferred and the pregnancy test came back positive. Nneka and Emeka were elated and now they were on their way to experiencing conception.

The center reported that they cryopreserved the rest for future use. The two week wait for the pregnancy test result passed quickly. Nneka was home one Monday morning when she received the news that her pregnancy test had come back positive. Her smile lit up the room.

Weeks later, when she had her first pregnancy ultrasound, Nneka held her breath as the doctor stared at the screen. After a while, she announced that there were two babies. It was the best news she had ever heard in her life. Her dream of giving birth to twins was about to come true.

They placed her on bed rest while they prepared for the arrival of the babies. Overall, she had a nearly perfect pregnancy. At 36 weeks, the doctor suggested that she might have to have a C-section because the scans showed her babies were relatively large.

A couple of days before the 37th week of pregnancy, she had a caesarean section and welcomed her twin girls with indescribable joy. Her pregnancy was a success.