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Quadruplet's mom couldn't be happier

Elverna Petersen is one in 720,000 women to have given birth to four healthy babies all in a day’s work

Elverna Petersen is one of 720 women that fell pregnant with quads without fertility treatment. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN
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CAPE TOWN - A Kraaifontein mother said on Thursday she is still astounded that she is one of 720,000 women to have fallen pregnant with quadruplets.

Thirty five-year-old Elverna Petersen had two boys and desperately wanted a little girl, but fell pregnant with quads instead.

The mother had to quit her job and rarely goes out with her four toddlers and two school going boys.

Two of the toddlers walked while their two siblings crawled around the lounge Petersen’s living room that is used as a makeshift playroom.

She stays home with the quads all day and once she is done with nappy changes and feeding, mounds of laundry and dishes have to be tackled next.

Petersen said she goes through masses of nappies, wet wipes and growth milk

“It’s very challenging. We had sponsorships, but they have all come to an end now and we’re battling at the moment.”

Petersen admitted that because her husband is a breadwinner, it is financially stressful to feed, clothe and pay medical bills.

The quads go through about 700 nappies and 100 litres of special growth milk per month.

She said she has only gone shopping twice with the toddlers tucked in a massive four-seater pram as many people gasp and stare at the sight.

However, this mom of six said despite the shock of falling pregnant with quadruplets, she would not have it any other way.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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