An Australian mother has opened up about the moment she discovered she was pregnant — just six weeks after giving birth to her first daughter.
Twenty-seven-year-old Eliza Curby, from Sydney’s northern beaches, went from being a mum of none to a mother of three in 12 months.
“For several weeks, I had felt seriously, seriously exhausted, which I put down to sleep deprivation,” Eliza narrates.
“However, when it continued, I noticed that it was coupled with a familiar feeling… a very familiar feeling. It was the feeling I had when I was pregnant with Charlie.”
Eliza and her partner, Ben, welcomed their daughter 18 months ago, and the new mum said the weeks following her birth were a ‘whirlwind’.
“My life was purely made up of feed, burp, sleep repeat. It really took six weeks to come up for air and get my head around my new role!
“And just as this happened, I of course, fell pregnant again.”
Eliza told Daily Mail that she was breastfeeding at the time and having discovered that hormone-altering forms of contraception didn’t suit her, had decided to ‘work around the old wives’ tale that breastfeeding acted as a natural contraceptive.’
“However, I’ll admit that I was aware that nothing is foolproof. And on this occasion, it wasn’t.”
After suffering from a dull headache every morning and a general ‘lack of bounce,’ Eliza started to wonder if she might be pregnant.
“I laughed with Ben about the prospect that perhaps I was pregnant again — and that what it remained for some time — a big joke,” Eliza stated.
“So I took a pregnancy test just to be sure — and it came back negative.” She took another test a week later and the result came back the same — negative.
“And so, over the course of about four weeks, I continued to take them — I was unconvinced — and then boom, ‘positive’,” Eliza stated.
“I was shocked but at the same time kind of excited to say to Ben ‘I was right!”
The new mother said the news also made her apprehensive about how things would work out logistically, but she was happy because she had always wanted ‘lots of kids’.
Soon after, Eliza went to the doctor to confirm the pregnancy and was sent for an ultrasound, where there was another surprise to come.
“He turned to us and said, ‘Look, it’s too early to say, but I think it’s twins.”
I was shocked. I couldn’t help but start laughing. That nervous ‘what happens now’ kind of awkward laugh. I really did think it was hilarious.”
After it was confirmed she was expecting twins, Eliza said she went into full on ‘prep mode’ — immersing herself in the online world of mummy blogs and taking tips from the Australian Multiple Birth Association.