Dayna Childress, 28, from the US state of Ohio, and her husband Colby, 27, were excited to try for their first child in 2015 and were overjoyed to discover that after just a month of trying to conceive, Dayna was pregnant. The pregnancy went well and the couple’s first son, Lincoln, was born in December 2015. When Lincoln was nine-months-old, Dayna and Colby decided to try for another child because they wanted Lincoln to have a sibling close in age.
After six months of struggling to conceive, Dayna started to fear she wouldn’t be able to get pregnant. Following seven months of trying, she had a positive pregnancy test. “I always had a gut feeling I’d have trouble conceiving, so when I was 22 I did an egg dᴏnation to confirm or deny that before I was ready to have my own,” said Dayna. “I was told I was very fertile and I dᴏnated around 20 eggs for each dᴏnation and knew that everything was normal.
“Colby and I started trying in 2015 and got pregnant immediately, so my feᴀrs weren’t reality as I had proven myself fe.rtile. The pregnancy was une.ventful and very healthy.”
During her second pregnancy, Dayna was nausᴇous but at five weeks gestation the sickness stopped, and a week later, tests confirmed that Dayna had misca.rried. Dayna was in disbelief when the misca.rriage was confirmed, but four weeks later, she got pregnant again, but she misca.rried at roughly four weeks.
Dayna p.anicked that she wouldn’t be able to carry to term again, so she saw four gynecologists to investigate what was happening, but no fertility problems were found. “I was happy there were no issues found but also strᴇssed because if they couldn’t find anything wrong, how could they help the problem before I miscᴀrried again?” she said.
A specialist diᴀgnosed Dayna with unexplained recurrent misca.rriages, and she started using fe.rtility drugs, Clomid and Follistim. The couple used fe.rtility treatments for a year and fell pregnant again, but the egg implanted when Dayna’s body was already preparing for a period, so it was too late and the pregnancy didn’t stick.
In 2018, a fertility doctor warned Dayna and Colby not to try conceiving during the month when she produced six eggs because there was a chance of multiples.
Wonderfully, the couple found out they were growing from a family of three to a family of seven during an ultrasound scan at five weeks when four sacs were visible. “I produced six mature eggs, but my doctor advised against trying that month since Follistim has a thirty percent chance of multiples. “My husband and I decided to try anyway since every cycle before, I had four eggs and only conceived once.”
At five weeks, an ultrᴀsound revealed the couple were expecting quadruplets and Otto, Willow, Simon and Willis were born June 29, 2019, at 28 weeks and six days. “The first ultrasound showed four sacs, but we could only see two babies with beating hearts, so I thought it would only be twins at the most, so I was delighted about that but even happier about quads,” Dayna said.
“When people find out what we went through, they’ve opened up about their own troubles. “You don’t realize how common infᴇrtility is because everyone keeps it a secret, it’s like we’re all too ashamed to talk about it, but that was what helped me get through it.”