A woman who struggled for years to have a child gave birth to three babies in what she called a miracle.
Beata Bienias, 36, and husband Powell, 40, had tried for three years to conceive naturally before turning to a fertility clinic, where they continued their struggle to have children for four years.
“[We were] trying for so long, sometimes you even think, well maybe we are the couple which we end up without babies,” Bienias told SWNS. “There's some couples that haven't got any. We were thinking even about adopting to change our life, to have little angels in our life.”
Bienias, who is originally from Poland and now lives in England, learned she had polycystic ovaries, and was also told her weight could be hindering her chances of getting pregnant. So she set out to shed the unwanted pounds.
“I lost five stone,” or 70 pounds, Bienias said.
So when she and her husband decided to try in vitro fertilization, or IVF, Bienias said she was hopeful.
"It was amazing,” she said. “It was a really emotional time. I couldn't wait for the moment to collect my eggs. I cried when I had the embryo put inside me."
The rules around what Bienias could and couldn’t do during the time surrounding the embryo transfer were strict, including not having sex for the four days leading up to the procedure. She was also advised to not take a pregnancy test until at least 14 days had passed.
“But I couldn’t wait, and I did one after nine days,” Bienias said. “When I saw those two lines, I went out and did about five or six more tests, just to make sure. It was amazing.”
The couple went on vacation to celebrate the good news and when they returned, they went for their first scan at the fertility clinic in Bath.
“When I sat down the sonographer told me not to be nervous if they couldn't see anything the first time,” Bienias said. “But then she turned to my husband and she asked him if he would like to sit down.
“We said ‘what, is something wrong?’ And she turned to him and said ‘well, we have triplets in here.’”
Doctors were able to determine that the embryo transfer would not have led to a triplet pregnancy.
“We have one baby from IVF treatment, and two of them conceived naturally. That is our story,” Bienias said, laughing as she held one of her babies.
The pair had gotten pregnant with the twins several days before the embryo transfer, making for a pregnancy that fertility experts called “almost impossible.”
“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,” Emma Cannon, founder of the Emma Cannon Clinic in Chelsea, told SWNS. "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," she continued. "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."
Bienias was 34 weeks pregnant when Amelia, Matylda and Borys were born by Caesarian section at Royal United Hospital on Dec. 13. Amelia weighed 5 pounds, 2 ounces, Matylda weighed 4 pounds, 5 ounces and Borys weighed 4 pounds. All three babies and their mother are now doing well.
“I do not know how it is with one baby, but I can say with three, [it’s] lots of work but it’s lots of love as well,” Bienias said. “[We’re] so happy and we're proud. My husband is so proud of them. And I'm so proud.”