‘Super ovulator’ mother, 38, who releases two eggs a month reveals she was sterilised after her SECOND set of twins – after being warned triplets could be next
- Katy Walton, 38, from Chippenham, Wilts, is mother to two sets of twin boys
- Pregnant with Noah and Bailey in 2010, despite no family history of twins
- PR director gave birth to second set of twins Aubrey and Austin, in April 2016
- She revealed how ancient Amazonian methods help to manage the chaos
A woman who has given birth to twins each time that she’s been pregnant, has revealed the realities of life with two sets of sons.
Katy Walton, 38, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, who has been dubbed a ‘super ovulator’ first discovered she releases two eggs during every menstrual cycle when she got pregnant with sons Noah and Bailey, now nine, in 2010 – despite no history of twins in her family.
She was stunned when doctors revealed her second pregnancy would be another set of twins in July 2015.
Since the arrival of Aubrey and Austin, now three, who were born in April 2016, the PR director has been spending around £750 a month on food and drives a seven-seater car.
Katy Walton, 38, from Chippenham, Wilts, who has given birth to two sets of twins, revealed how ancient Amazonian methods help to manage the chaos, pictured: Katy with husband Ross, 36, and their sons Aubrey and Austin now three
Katy (pictured in hospital with her sons) had no history of twins in her family, however medics determined it was likely she would keep having multiples every pregnancy
The ultra-fertile mother-of-four was warned by medics she was likely to keep having multiples every pregnancy and could even give birth to triplets as she got older due to her ‘hyper-ovulation’.
She opted to have a tubal ligation sterilisation during her second C-section with her younger twins.
Katy and husband Ross, 36, an IT consultant, spend hundreds on school shoes a month and get through five loaves of bread and 14 pints of milk a week – but insist they wouldn’t change their six-strong squad for the world.
Katy, who had Noah and Bailey with a previous partner, said: ‘As a mum of two sets of twins, every day is utterly relentless – it really is non-stop from dawn till dusk.
‘When I got pregnant the second time, people started joking that it might be twins again but I laughed it off.
The PR director (pictured pregnant with her first twins) was a single mother to her older twins from a previous relationship, for five years before meeting Ross in May 2015
Katy felt like a superhero the first time the entire family left the house, she said the chaos is matched by the amount of love they share, pictured: Aubrey and Austin together in hospital
‘So when the sonographer told me we were expecting not one baby but two, I was stunned – I never imagined I’d be going to the ‘twin frontline’ again so soon.
‘I got my children “buy one get one free”, but nothing else in life comes like that. I feel like I’m coaching a football team at times.
‘The first time we all left the house, I felt like my very own superhero for getting everyone dressed and out the door.
‘But the amount of chaos is matched only by the amount of love in our house – I’m really proud of us, everyone looks out for everybody else and watching the twin bond between both sets of boys is so special.
The mother-of-four revealed that they drive a seven seater minivan and go through five loaves of bread and 14 pints of milk a week, pictured: Katy and Ross Walton at their second twin birth
Katy and Ross met in May 2015 when he moved in across the road, falling in ‘love at first sight’ they got engaged just six weeks into their relationship. Pictured left: Katy’s engagement ring. Right: A scan picture of one of Katy’s second set of twins in the womb, captured by London Ultrasound Centre
The pair began trying for a baby in July 2015 and were stunned to quickly fall pregnant with twins, they decided to move in together and got married in the November (pictured)
Katy claims a stranger called her irresponsible for having so many children, the first time they left the house together, pictured: Katy and Ross with their family
‘We drive a seven seater minivan and go through five loaves of bread and 14 pints of milk a week, so it wouldn’t have been practical or affordable to add more children to the mix. I think this bit is repeated from earlier but that might be deliberate??
‘While I do sometimes romanticise the idea of being pregnant again, when doctors told me I was very likely to have another set of twins or even triplets in future I knew I just couldn’t put my body through that.’
Experts told Katy after her first pregnancy, that there was no way of knowing for sure if she produces two eggs every cycle as she wasn’t trying to get pregnant every month. However, this was likely the cause of her two sets of boys.
WHAT IS SUPER-OVULATION?
Sarah Redshaw, managing editor of BabyCentre UK, said: ‘Super-ovulation is the release of two or more eggs at the same time – which has resulted in the same mum having twins naturally more than once.
‘Super-ovulators’ are rare, although if you have had non-identical twins, you are more likely to subsequently have non-identical twins again.
‘Having twins or multiple births naturally is relatively rare – roughly three per cent of all babies born in the UK are twins, triplets or more.
‘Women’s chances of having non-identical twins increase with age, in particular if they are 35 or older. It’s all in the hormones.
‘The levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) released during a woman’s menstrual cycle increase as you age.
‘When this hormonal surge occurs, there’s a chance that you may release more than one egg, upping the odds of a multiple birth.’
After splitting with her previous partner, she was a single mother to her older twins for five years before meeting Ross in May 2015 when he moved in across the road.
The couple fell in ‘love at first sight’ and just six weeks into their relationship, they got engaged and started trying for a baby of their own in July that year.
The pair were left stunned when they fell pregnant with another set of twins in the same month and decided to move in together two months later, getting married in the November.
The couple who manage four children and their work lives admit it can be a struggle, and need a supersize freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer and face occasional judgment from strangers.
Katy said: ‘I’ll never forget overhearing a stranger say I was irresponsible for having so many children the first time we all left the house together.
‘I’ve only had two pregnancies!
‘I already feel guilty at the lack of one-to- one time each of my boys have with me.
‘People are very quick to judge other people’s lives without knowing the circumstances.’
Katy (pictured pregnant with her first twins, Noah and Bailey) revealed she feels guilty at the lack of time each of her sons have with her
The mother-of-four met the indigenous shaman of the Huni Kuin tribe in 2017 during one of their tours and now attends regular UK workshops, pictured: Katy with a tribesman
Katy said the tribe reminds her that the Western World is conditioned to focus on the wrong things, most day to day challenges aren’t important, pictured: Katy and Ross with their sons on their first holiday
To cope with hectic pace of her busy family life, Katy relies on ancient Amazonian methods to cut through the chaos.
Katy first met the indigenous shaman of the Huni Kuin tribe in 2017 in Somerset during one of their tours of Glastonbury, and now attends their UK workshops several times a year and dreams of visiting their village.
She revealed the tribe remind her that much of what is challenging on a day to day level is not important and that the Western world is conditioned to focus on the wrong things.
‘Spending time with indigenous shaman from the Huni Kuin Amazonian tribe was utterly transformative,’ she said.
‘With four boys we have very little time for mindfulness and wellbeing activities, but both Ross and I recognise that in order to be able to care for all our children it is crucial we find some time for us.
The couple (pictured with the tribesman) spend time with the tribe to remind them of the importance of staying connected to nature and ourselves
Katy (pictured pregnant with her second set of twins) said the tribe have fewer material possessions but so much joy
‘So a couple of times a year we spend time with them to remind us of the importance of staying connected to nature and ourselves.
‘They have fewer material possessions but so much joy – they remind me to slow down and re-connect.
‘I credit the Huni Kuin with making me a better person and better parent.
‘Everyone can relate to feeling lost in life, and motherhood certainly has its challenges in that regard.’
Katy (pictured with Ross) was inspired by the tribe to pen a book, reminding people of all ages to remember their self-worth
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