By Charlotte Nisbet
A couple are set to celebrate their first Christmas with their miracle triplets after struggling to conceive for FOUR YEARS.
Claire Midwinter, 34, and her husband, Matt, 30, were over the moon to discover they were expecting not one but three babies in January this year.
The pair, who are both police officers, had struggled to conceive for four years – leaving doctors baffled by their fertility problems.
But after trying IVF for the second time, the couple, from Swindon, Wiltshire, were told the amazing news at their seven week scan.
They welcomed their three girls, Ella, Tamara and Aria, on August 25 and just two weeks later, they were home.
The triplets, who are now three and half months old, are set to celebrate their first Christmas at home and their parents couldn’t be more thrilled.
They are now sharing their story to show other hopeful parents that miracles do happen.
Claire said: “Last Christmas it was just the two of us and now we’re a family of five, it’s crazy.
“We said last New Year’s Eve I wonder what we’ll be doing this time next year, we never imagined we’d have triplets just a few months later.
“Even though our lives have been hectic since falling pregnant in January, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
“The triplets will be four months old on Christmas Day and we’re so excited to have a low key day at home with our family.
“They are too young to understand what time of year it is but we are all really looking forward to spending it with each other.”
Claire and Matt tried to conceive for four years before deciding to try IVF.
Claire said: “Doctors had diagnosed our infertility as unexplained after all the fertility tests we could imagine.
“I’d lost weight and began leading a healthy lifestyle but nothing helped me fall pregnant.
“There was no other option but try IVF and thankfully we were eligible for NHS funding.
“And in January, we got everything we’d ever wanted and more, we were over the moon to see the positive pregnancy test.
“After having two embryos inserted, we hoped at least one would work, we never imagined one would split and we’d end up with three babies.
“My pregnancy was great but I experienced everything in extremes as there was three of them.
“Now at just three and a half months old, the triplets are in a great routine and all sleep and eat at the same time.”
Claire and Matt never imagined that their baby dreams would come true this time last year.
She added: “We always hoped for one baby but never thought we’d end up with three.
“This Christmas is definitely extra special for us and even though we’ve tried to be sensible, there’s no doubt the triplets will be spoilt.”
Tamara, the non-identical twin, was born weighing 4lb 11. Identical twin, Ella, weighed 3lb 9 and Aria weighed 4lb 5.
Claire said: “They’ve all done so well, they were only in hospital for two weeks before they were allowed home.
“They’ve gone from strength to strength and we couldn’t be more proud.”