Australian Allana Alard won the maternity lottery: the 29-year-old woman gave birth to identical triplets in her first pregnancy. The chances of this happening are 1 in 200 million, while to win the Mega-Sena with the common ticket, the chances are 1 in 50 million.
The three boys were named Jaxon, Zac, and Zavier. According to the British newspaper Mirror, the triplets were born in May, in the middle of the new ᴄᴏʀᴏɴᴀᴠɪʀᴜs ᴘᴀɴᴅᴇᴍɪᴄ, but the case only gained repercussion in the Australian press this month. Born in Scotland, but living in Australia since the age of 13, Allana says that there is no family history of births or twins or triplets.
She and her husband, Tim, decided to get pregnant in 2019. It wasn’t difficult: after two weeks, the couple took a pregnancy test, which came back positive. After six weeks of pregnancy, Allana underwent an ultrasound and was surprised by the beating of more than one heart. “Initially, we heard two heartbeats, and we were told they were twins. But after having an internal ultrasound, we got the news that they were triplets,” she recalls. “Tim turned white as a ghost. I went into sʜᴏᴄᴋ.”
“After the initial sʜᴏᴄᴋ, we were very excited. Of course we were a little scared like all new parents, but we were happy.” The surprising pregnancy was also unique: when Allana was in her fifth month of pregnancy, the world closed its doors to the ᴘᴀɴᴅᴇᴍɪᴄ, which infected around 27,000 people and ᴋ.ɪʟʟᴇᴅ just over 900 people in Australia.
Because of the ᴠ.ɪʀᴜs, at the birth of the boys, no relatives could accompany the couple. They actually needed to stay in the hospital for three weeks to ensure the safety of the newborns. At first, the doctors and the couple thought that the pregnancy would be identical twins and a fraternal one (who do not look the same), since they were divided into two ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀs, one with two babies, the other with one.
However, after birth, the resemblance of the three was undeniable. Finally, a DNA test confirmed that they were all identical. All were born weighing between 1.9 and 2.3 kilograms. Six months after the birth and with the Cᴏᴠɪᴅ-19 ɪɴꜰᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ apparently under control in the country, the triplets and their parents have a quiet routine at home, and the mother does not fail to share the family records on her personal Instagram account.
Gradually, parents adapt everything to the number three. The baby stroller, for example, with three seats, had to be ordered abroad. Allana says that, wherever they go, they are stopped by onlookers. And she says: “It still amazes me that three babies came out of my belly. Ending up with three was a sʜᴏᴄᴋ, but it was also a blessing.”