With fertility drugs, Angela Magdaleno in Los Angeles, US had triplets
three years ago. Last week, she had quadruplets - without fertility drugs.
Her two boys and two girls were healthy and doing well after being born
July 6 by Caesarean section in what doctors
said was a rare occurrence of multiple births.
Magdaleno, 40, said she was shocked when her doctor told her she was
pregnant with four babies.
"I didn't know what to do," she said. "But now I'm happy because
they're healthy and so am I."
Still, she worries that she might be overwhelmed with the work and
sometimes struggles with mixed emotions about the future.
"I don't know if I'm sad or happy," she said. "I'm happy, but I don't
know. I don't know how to explain it."
Her doctor, Kathryn Shaw, a high-risk
pregnancy specialist, said Magdaleno did well during the pregnancy
and developed no complications.
The two girls were larger than the boys. They weighed 4 pounds at birth
and were 17 and 17.5 inches long. The boys weighed about 3.5 pounds and
were 16 inches long.
Three years ago, Magdaleno gave birth to her triplets after undergoing
in vitro fertilization. She said her husband
wanted many children.
After their birth, she thought she was done having babies. Then she got
pregnant with the quadruplets.
"She wanted to run," said her husband Afredo Anzaldo, 45.
The triplets, Afredo, Catarin and Halily, weren't sure at first if they
wanted the extra siblings, Anzaldo said.
"They wanted one baby and no more," he said.
Since then, they have accepted their new brothers and sisters,