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A mum has shared her experience of having three babies in the space of just 12 months. Although overjoyed, she's said it's taken a toll on her body.
Shaylee Bush, 31 and her husband Mykel, 40, were overjoyed when they welcomed their daughter Haisley, born at 37 weeks in November 2018, after suffering a miscarriage. Shaylee gave birth to both of her sisters within the next year.
They were still getting used to being parents when they discovered Shaylee was pregnant again, just six weeks after giving birth.
The news came when Haisley was only three months old and several weeks later they found out the newborn would become a big sister to not one but two siblings.
Yep, the couple were having twins!
Shaylee, from Saint Georges, Utah, said: "We were over the moon when Haisley arrived into our lives, and, as soon as it was safe to do so, we just started having sex again.
"It didn't take long before I was getting all the tell tale signs of pregnancy, and 12 weeks after giving birth to Haisley we realised I was pregnant again.
"At 11 weeks we were told it was twins and we couldn't believe it.
"To go from the heartbreak of a miscarriage to the sheer joy of bringing three beautiful girls into the world in less than a year was quite something.
"Me and my husband just kept the faith and now we have the family we always dreamed of."
The stay at home mum gave birth to twins Harlow and Oaklyn in October 2019, just under 11 months after she'd had her first daughter.
Haisley is now three and her younger sisters Harlow and Oaklyn are now two.
For a month every year her daughters will all be the same age, but Haisley will be a grade above the twins when they eventually start school.
In total, Shaylee was pregnant for almost 18 months straight, with only a six-week gap in between.
This has taken its toll on her body and she is waiting for an operation to repair her abdominal muscles.
"At times it was hard - especially the last few months with the twins," she said.
"The different feeling of having two babies grow inside of you in comparison to one is really quite extreme.
"My body had no chance to recover after my first pregnancy, and not only that, it then had to carry twice as much weight.
"It's amazing now to focus on the mum part of motherhood and not the pregnancy part.
"I'm in need of an operation to repair my stomach as my muscles stretched so much there is now a 4-inch gap between my abs which needs to be sewn together.
"But it was all worth it in the end and I'm so excited for what the future holds for me and my family."
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