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A mum-of-five has shared her extremely rare experiences of falling pregnant three times while taking preventative measures.
Kate Harman became pregnant twice while on the contraceptive pill, and had a third child after her husband had a vasectomy.
Kate and her partner Dan had decided he would undergo a vasectomy in July 2015 after she fell pregnant with their fourth child, Lottie Harman, despite being on contraception.
But three years later the 39-year-old had the 'shock of her life' when she discovered she was expecting and a subsequent home fertility test revealed Dan actually had a normal sperm count despite the procedure.
The beautician sadly miscarried but believing it was fate that they were meant to have more children the pair tried again and she fell pregnant with Buddy, who is now two, just weeks later.
Kate has nicknamed him their 'miracle baby' given he was conceived after the vasectomy which is more than 99 per cent effective.
After the 'absolutely crazy' series of events, the devoted mum said she'll be getting sterilised early next year although her business owner husband said that if she falls pregnant again after that then 'it's meant to be'.
Kate, of Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, said: "The chances of having another baby after the vasectomy, and then having the miscarriage, I just think he is my miracle baby.
"I think we could definitely be the most unlucky couple when it comes to contraception, that's why I'm getting sterilised.
"I've read up on it and not all sterilisations are 100 per cent effective either so Dan's already said that if I do fall pregnant after the sterilisation, it's meant to be."
The beautician of 12 years claims she fell pregnant with her eldest son Charlie, 20, while on the pill and assumes her IBS symptoms or medication interfered with the contraception.
The 39-year-old was unsure about trying it again but after reassurance from a doctor gave it another go.
Kate said: "I went on the pill and fell pregnant with Lottie six months after having Stanley.
"Because we'd had our little girl who was also a surprise, I said 'I'm not going on any more birth control, I'm done' and he said 'I'll have a vasectomy'.
"He had that done. He was in a lot of pain as you can imagine a man going on and on about it. I was just like 'I've pushed four babies out, man up'.
"He was meant to send a specimen off to get his sperm count checked and I was on his case all the time saying 'get it checked, you've got to send it off' and he was like 'no, the doctor said it's 99.9 per cent effective, I'm ok'.
"So we carried on as usual and I've been having unprotected sex for three or four years then I was late on my period. I'm never late, I'm always early usually.
"My twin sister said to me 'you're pregnant' and I said 'no I'm not, I can't be pregnant, Dan's had the vasectomy'."
But the following day as Kate was now five days late she did a pregnancy test, which came back positive.
Kate said: "I had the complete shock of my life when I looked at the test. I was shocked and scared and thought 'how are we going to survive?' because we only live in a four bedroom house.
"I sent him a photo of it and he was like 'what?' and I said 'I'm pregnant' and he was like 'you can't be...'"
Kate was then forced to persuade her hubby she hadn't had an affair.
"I went out to get another pregnancy test and a men's home fertility test and we both did them and mine was positive and his sperm count was normal.
"He was like 'I can't believe I've had this effing operation and it didn't work' and we were both just laughing in the bathroom. He said 'I went through all of that pain for nothing'."
Dan phoned the doctors who advised him that the vasectomy definitely worked as they'd been protected for around three years, but that they thought his tubes had rejoined.
Kate said: "I miscarried that pregnancy. I was so excited thinking I was going to have another baby and at this point Dan was getting excited after we got over the shock.
"I said to Daniel 'this is God telling us that we can have more children. This miscarriage happened for a reason' and he was like 'no, I'm really sorry but we've not having any more'.
"I worked my magic and convinced him to try again and he agreed, so two weeks after I had my first period after the miscarriage I fell pregnant with Buddy.
"I was so happy and Dan was really excited.
"In the first lockdown I tried to convince him with baby number six and he did agree to it and then I had a really bad couple of weeks with Buddy and then I changed my mind.
"'I'm really maternal, just love babies and having a big family."
Buddy faced numerous complications including Group B Strep, which left Kate so poorly in hospital that doctors urged her to have an abortion or she 'could die' but she refused.
Kate said: "They urged me to abort him but I said no. It was awful,' she said.
He really is a miracle baby!
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