Couple After 3 Years Were Infertile Welcome Surprise Triplets Conceived Naturally

Lina Sapia and husband Fabio had been trying to conceive their first baby for three years but doctors told them that as it had not worked, they would need to use I.V.F.

The couple, from Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, used the process and welcomed their daughter Alba, now one and had always planned to extend their family with one of the four Fʀᴏᴢᴇɴ ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏs that remained. But last year, they were sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ when a pregnancy test showed that they had conceived naturally. And there were even more surprises when they went for a sᴄᴀɴ at six weeks and found out they were having triplets.

Lina, 35, and Fabio, 37, had beat the staggering one in 200 million odds – and they welcomed their three identical boys on 12 March, 2020

Lina said: ‘We were trying for three years before we decided to have I.V.F with Alba which was successful first time. We always knew we wanted to have another baby and assumed we will need to go through I.V.F again after being ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ with ᴜɴᴇxᴘʟᴀɪɴᴇᴅ ɪɴFᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ. I experienced a second ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ three months prior to discovering I was pregnant with triplets in September but I didn’t get my hopes up as I feared it may happen again.’

Worried about the baby because of their ʜɪsᴛᴏʀʏ, they booked in for an early sᴄᴀɴ and were told the amazing news that there were three babies. Thankfully, there wasn’t any ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs and Lina gave birth at 32 weeks to Luis who weighed 2lb 8 oz, Piero, 3 lb 6oz and Remi, 3 lb 12oz. The couple admits they still get confused with who is who at times and the 13-week old triplets still wear velcro wrist bands with their initial on to ensure they are not mixed up.
She adds: ‘I felt anxious throughout the pregnancy as I feared something bad may happen and I couldn’t deal with another ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ. But we had sᴄᴀɴs every two weeks to ensure everything was fine – it was incredible watching them grow. My ʙᴜᴍᴘ became heavy and uncomfortable towards the end but I persevered as I still needed to be a mum to Alba and keep her entertained.’

The triplets were born just before lockdown on March 12 so their parents were able to meet them but as restrictions were introduced, only Lina could visit them in hospital and Fabio could only see them on FaceTime.