Charliann Broadhurst already had three daughters when she became pregnant with triplets.
A mother who already had three daughters was sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ to learn that she had become pregnant with her ex-partner after spending just one night with him. But in addition to the unexpected pregnancy, she received another, even more sʜᴏᴄᴋɪɴɢ, news: they were triplets!
According to the Daily Mail portal, Charliann Broadhurst is 28 years old, and Ryan Hill was her childhood sweetheart. She spent 15 years with him and had three daughters, but they split because of problems they were facing in their relationship.
It turns out that after that, the two continued seeing each other. On one of those visits, one thing led to another, and they ended up sleeping together. It was enough for Charliann to become pregnant with triplets.
“The triplets definitely weren’t planned. I never even thought I was pregnant. I went to the doctor because I was feeling really bad, and they told me I was pregnant. I was sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ,” says Charliann.
The ultrasound lasted over 15 minutes, and the doctor said there appeared to be another ꜰᴇᴛᴜs. “I didn’t know how to face it. Twins were a fairy tale for me. I always dreamed of having twins. But triplets, wow!” reveals the mother.
When she called her ex, he almost crashed his car when he heard the news. “He just went silent,” she says. After 20 weeks, the couple found out they were having two boys and a girl, which was a nice surprise as they already have three girls.
Although I was happy with the news, being pregnant with three babies was a challenge. “The pregnancy itself was ʜᴏʀʀɪʙʟᴇ. I can’t say that I enjoyed a single part of it. It was scary. I had ultrasounds every week. I went for tests every week. I thought they were going to ᴅɪᴇ at any moment,” reveals Charliann.
The babies were at ʀɪsᴋ of ᴅʏɪɴɢ due to the Iɴᴛᴇʀᴛᴡɪɴ Tʀᴀɴsꜰᴜsɪᴏɴ Sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ (TTTS) they suffered. The sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ can happen when babies share a ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ and can cause them to stop growing.
And that’s what happened. At 29 weeks, the sonographer revealed devastating news: the babies had stopped growing. Namely, Charlie was supposed to have an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ ᴄ-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ and was referred for sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ at Nottingham Hospital.
Ryan almost missed the birth. “I really thought Ryan was going to miss the birth,” says Charlie. “There are two hospitals in Nottingham, and he, in a hurry to get there, ended up going to the wrong hospital,” she recalls. She recounts that she took the epidural and was left on the table crying and asking, “Where’s Ryan?” But he arrived in time.
The triplets were born at 00:31 on May 31, 2019. Little Ryana was born first at 1 kg, then Carter at 7 kg, and lastly Cayon at 8 kg. They were all born at the same minute, and Carter and Cayon are identical twins.
In the first month, Charliann reveals that she spent eight hours a day breastfeeding. Now, she wakes up at 4 a.m. to do two baskets of laundry and make breakfast for 6 children.
“My life is washing, cooking, running errands, and picking up their stuff for school,” she says. Despite the complications, she praises the older children who, like their father, help with the housework and entertain the younger ones.
Today, Charliann is considering taking another year or two off before turning to volunteering. She and her ex got back together, and now that she has 6 children with Ryan, including triplets, she is also considering marrying him. For now, she jokes, “I guess I’m going to be pretty busy for quite a while.”