By Charlotte Nisbet
A surprised mum has given birth to triplets despite being on the contraceptive pill for 10 years.
Nicola Stead, 30, had no idea she was pregnant until she began suffering from extreme morning sickness last June.
She’d been on the pill for over a decade but decided to take a pregnancy test to ensure she wasn’t expecting.
Nicola and her partner, Chris, 29, were shocked to find out they were going to become first time parents but the biggest shock came five weeks later.
After opting for an early scan, Nicola and Chris were told they were expecting not one baby but triplets.
And on December 27, Joshua James, Oliver George, and Mila Rose, were born all weighing over 4lbs.
The non-identical triplets have now been home for three weeks and have settled into their home perfectly.
Nicola, an assistant producer at CBeebies, said: “I’d been taking the pill since I was in my early twenties and we were saving for our first home together when I started to feel unwell.
“I was experiencing extreme morning sickness and I decided to take a pregnancy test just to be sure.
“I never imagined I’d actually be pregnant because of my awful sickness, stomach cramps and headaches, we decided to book in for an early scan.
“The sonographer couldn’t see anything at first and I thought I’d lost them but after an internal scan they revealed we were expecting triplets and they were non identical.
“We couldn’t believe it, we were was scared, excited, anxious all in one.
“There’s no multiples in my family and despite worrying that I wasn’t going to be strong enough to do it at first, I managed to carry them up until 33 weeks and four days.
“They only spent two weeks in hospital as they were so healthy and since being home it’s only Joshua who has been ill.
“He contracted bronchitis two weeks ago but after two days in hospital he was back home, I’m so glad I trusted my instincts and got him checked out.
“Now that they’re here, we couldn’t image our lives without them, it was definitely the best surprise we’ve ever had.”
Nicola had only missed two of her 28 day contraceptive pill cycle when she fell pregnant with triplets.
She added: “I had just stopped taking the pill for two days as I was going to have the coil fitted.
“I’d always thought I would struggle to conceive for some reason so when I found out it was a complete shock.
“I had released three separate eggs which means than none of the triplets are identical.
“We were over the moon when we found out we were having two boys and a girl at our 20 week scan.”
Nicola and Chris now get through 150 nappies per week and get through three loads of washing every day.
The new mum added: “Looking after the triplets is a full time job but Joshua, Oliver and Mila all tend to wake up and feed at the same time.
“I’ve swapped my small car for a seven seater for the triplets and I’m constantly changing nappies, sorting feeds or washing clothes.
“Me and Chris’s lives have changed dramatically since we found out we were expecting triplets but we wouldn’t change it for the world.”