A mother of seven had three twins, which meant she gave birth to five babies in four years.
Meredith Maitland, 40, of San Francisco, California, had seven children from just four pregnancies after giving birth to three sets of twins and a single child.
After discovering she was pregnant with twins at the age of 19, Meredith said she thought she cashed in on her twin card and never expected to have more twins, let alone two more sets.
‘So I had my first set of twin girls, Gabriella and Julia, now 21, and after me and my husband Brady got married, we decided to try another baby,’ she said.
‘After I got pregnant, I never dreamed that I would be pregnant with my second twins.
Meredith Maitland, 40, of San Francisco, California, had seven children from just four pregnancies after giving birth to three sets of twins and a single child. In the photo Meredith and Brady’s family of nine. Gabriella (left), Elsa, Cambia, Thane, Vera, Lucia and Julie
Meredith gave birth to her fifth daughter, Cambia, now 10, in August 2010. In the photo, single child, Cambia
‘I didn’t even really know you could have more than one set. I thought once you had twins that it was and you would have single babies. But I was completely wrong.
‘We were so shocked to find out I was pregnant with twins again. I never knew this happened to anyone.
“I had my next twin girls, Elsa and Lucia, who are now 12 years old, in July 2008.”
After having four girls from two twins, Meredith and Brady were desperate for a baby boy.
She says the couple really wanted to experience what it was like to be parents of the opposite sex.
Meredith and her husband decided to try another baby, hoping it could be a boy.
After discovering she was pregnant with twins at the age of 19, Meredith said she thought she cashed in on her twin card and never expected to have more twins, let alone two more sets. In the picture, with her husband, Brady
In the photo, Meredith’s eldest twins, Julie (left) and Gabrielle (right)
Brady and Meredith and twin girls Elsa and Lucia, now 12 years old, in July 2008. Pictured, with their children – Gabriella, Julia, Elsa, Lucia, Cambia, Thane and Vera
She said, ‘I got pregnant with a single baby, which was no shock as I definitely didn’t think I was going to have twins again. I gave birth to my fifth daughter, Cambia, now 10, in August 2010.
Having a single baby was insanely easy compared to having twins. She was such an easy baby, I think she tempted us to try a baby boy just once.
‘I just thought having two twins was a fluke, especially after having a single baby. I absolutely never could have imagined that I would have third twins. It wasn’t on my radar at all.
So we tried again for another baby. After we had Cambia, we assumed we would have a single baby again. We were so sure the twin thing was over that I went to the scan on my own. ‘
At the scan, Meredith recalls seeing two embryos appear on the screen and the feeling of shock running through her body.
She said, ‘I was like,’ Oh no. ‘ My first thought was that I had to do two university courses at the same time again. For the third time.
‘During my pregnancy, people used to joke with me about whether I had twins again, but I actually was.
“It got pretty annoying because people were always saying my hands were full, which seemed kind of negative, so I just responded by saying my heart was fuller.”
Meredith gave birth to her third twins, Thane and Vera, now 8, in December 2012.
This was Meredith’s first twin brother and girl, and she says she was so happy to have a baby boy in her family.
She added: “I never planned to have such a large family. Having five children in the space of four years was very difficult, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Meredith gave birth to her third twins, Thane and Vera, now 8, in December 2012. In the photo, Meredith’s twin brother, Thane (left) and Vera
Meredith says she never intended to start such a large family. In the photo, all seven of Meredith’s children
‘It is super fun. It’s like having a big slumber party every night. Being a family of nine is organized chaos, but it’s a lot of love. ‘
While doing their grocery store, Meredith and Brady are often asked by strangers if they have a restaurant because of the amount of food they have to buy to feed their family.
And when the whole family is traveling, Meredith makes a roll call with each child calling their number to make sure she doesn’t lose anyone.
She said, ‘I also have a Thursday wash day to make sure everyone’s clothes are washed. I usually do about ten to 12 washes every Thursday. It’s crazy, but I love it.
‘I feel blessed to have three pairs of twins because it means I have a large family without so many pregnancies.
‘It was difficult when they were younger because of time management, but it was also great.
The mother of seven says it was very difficult to have five children in the space of four years, but added that she wouldn’t change it for the world. In the photo Meredith with her oldest twins, Julia (left) and Gabriella (right)
Meredith explains that in the same way that she couldn’t imagine Cambia with twins, she would never have her family any different. In the photo Gabrielle (right) and Julie (left)
‘I really couldn’t imagine any of the twins without their other twin brother. There is something about them that means they were meant to be born together.
Likewise, I could never imagine Cambia with twins. I would never have my family any other way.
‘I didn’t finish college until age 38 because of all the babies, but it’s something I wanted to do to motivate my kids and show people that if I can achieve my goals, anyone can too.
‘It has not always been clear, because after my first and fourth pregnancy I suffered from postpartum, with medical help and running I was able to get out of my depression.
“Currently I run about 65-50 miles a week to help with my mental and physical well-being and to keep up with my active family.”
To stay up to date with Meredith’s family on Instagram, visit @Maitlandmultiplemultiples