When Oksana Kobletskaya learned she was pregnant with her second child, her family was elated. Newsner reported that she and her husband Sergey already had a three-year-old girl and were eager to give her a baby brother. Oksana suspected from the beginning that she had more than one baby in her tummy. But she had no idea just how many babies were in there.
At 37, Oksana was hopeful that this was her second and final pregnancy. She and her husband had decided they only wanted to have two children. However, when she went to the ultrasound, Oksana got a huge surprise. The doctor told her that he saw not one or two, but five (or maybe even six) fetuses.
"I did not ever expect it," Oksana said. "In our families there are no cases of twins or a single case of this kind. When I saw the doctor's face, my heart stopped for a moment," he said, "Then I heard him mutter something like: You should get a big house by the sea."
A spectacular birth
At 30 weeks, Denis, Dariya, Vladislav, Oleksandra and David (3 boys and 2 girls) were welcomed into the world. A great medical team was waiting for them, with more than eight professionals.
"I was treated like porcelain," Oksana said. "They were extremely cautious."
All five of the little warriors were born happy and healthy.
I can't imagine the faces of this surpised couple when they heard that they were going to have five children. Truly, having children is a blessing and a wonderful thing ... but this mother must have been shocked by the tremendous news. But even though they came as a surprise, this loving mother and father have welcomed all five babies home with open arms. Their Instagram account has also attracted lots of attention, so you know these babies are also loved by thousands of followers.
Why is a quintuplet pregnancy so rare?
Particularly in the case of this couple, Kobletskaya's multiples come as a shock because her family has no previous history of twins or multiples. In fact, only one pregnancy at 52 million ends up as quintuplets. The Kobletskaya couple would never have imagined that they would conceive five children together.
Does history matter?
According to Baby Center, a family history of multiples in a single pregnancy increases your chances of having them.
According to the same source, women who have twins in their family are more likely to have them than women who have no family history of twins. If the father has a family history of twins, that greater probability will be transferred to his daughter.
Imagine going from a family of 3 to a family of 8!
Wouldn't you love to spend a day with the Kobletskayas? Their lives and schedules have certainly changed after bringing home their five little angels.
This article has been translated and adapted from the original "Ella esperaba mellizos pero entró en shock cuando el médico le dijo la verdad," which was originally published on familias.com.