In one short week they went from having triplets to quadruplets. They all relied on that placenta for their nourishment, which meant if they didn’t share well, one (or more) could be in trouble. TODAY brings you one good thing each day to lift your heart and make you smile. Picture: Family photo. Little did they know, though, that they had not one, not two, not three, but four heartbeats to hear and four sonogram images to study. "It's overwhelming enough to have one baby.". On top of delivering early, hospitals across the country were changing their policies because of COVID-19 and the Marrs wondered how that would impact their delivery and treatment. The couple had somewhere in the range of a 1 in 11 million to 1 in 15 million chance of conceiving these babies, Rinehart said. “When we sit down and look at them we can figure out who they are but if you just look at them from a distance, they all look the same. That’s why they want their experience to make others smile. You're talking about a one in 11 [million] to a one in 15 million event," said Jamie Grifo, division director of reproductive endocrinology at NYU Medical Center. In their feeling of being overwhelmed, Chris explained to the Washington Post, "It sounds horrible to say, but I don't know if it was necessarily tears of joy." The Durst quadruplets (Calli, Kendra, Megan, and Sarah) are identical quadruplets born 10 February 1993, in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. "Pregnancy, even with one baby, is hard on the body. RELATED: Single Mom With Triplets Gets Unexpected Help After Stranger Hears The ‘Urgency In Her Voice'. The first-time parents were in “utter shock” that they were expecting identical, spontaneous quadruplets. All rights reserved, Please visit the official Government information portal for Coronavirus by clicking HERE. One week later, after the Marrs had somewhat digested the new reality that they were having three babies instead of one, they went to see a high-risk-pregnancy specialist, Brian Rinehart, who practices maternal fetal medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. “The babies shared incredibly well. We were completely overwhelmed and frankly, terrified," said Chris Marr. Some parents may immediately welcome that news with joy, but not Chris and Jenny. The identical boys wear different-color ankle bracelets to help distinguish them. Any pregnancy is risky, he said, but in this case, the risks are multiplied by four. Even so, "we confuse them from time to time," said Chris Marr. The quads are expected to spend another four to eight weeks in the hospital before heading home with mom and dad to meet their big brother, 2-year-old Simon. I told her it was okay and that she could tell me if there was a problem. "The body is simply not made to do that.".
Jenny and Chris Marr, parents of the natural, identical quads, had no history of multiples in their family. It’s so rare that it’s hard for doctors to know how often it has occurred. I said, ‘Girl, go buy a few lottery tickets because those are the kind of odds we’re dealing with,’” Murray, an OB-GYN at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, told TODAY. It’s incredible,” Marr said. On Oct. 6, she took a pregnancy test: It was positive. Need a dose of good news? On March 15, at 28 weeks into her pregnancy, Jenny Marr went into early labor, just when covid-19 protocols were being put into place and hospitals across the country were preparing for the worst. Picture: Family photo.
"I just decided from the beginning that I was going to stay positive and roll with the punches," said Jenny Marr, who was manager at a dental practice before she had the babies. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Joanna Gaines Family Sits Down For An ‘Uncomfortable Conversation' And It's So Powerful. Naturally, the first ultrasound was far from what the Marrs had anticipated. Both only children, Jenny Marr, 35, and her husband, Chris Marr, 35, live in Dallas. So when they later discovered their three babies would actually be four — a set of identical quadruplets — the couple was shocked. The Steeves quadruplets (Carrie Dawn, Jennie Lee, Mary Beth, and Patty Ann, born 17 December 1982, in Calgary, Alberta) were the first identical set of quadruplets to be born in Canada. This news came when they visited their maternal-fetal medicine department. Not only do neither of them have any siblings of their own, but they don't know of any multiples on either side of their family. The Jepps live in Calgary, Canada, but were sent to the states after learning that every single neonatal unit in Canada was too crowded to handle four premature births. "But we're told that doesn't apply in this case. "I told Jenny we shouldn't go to our next appointment because they'll just keep multiplying," he said, laughing.
Fortunately for her, the pregnancy was smooth, and the babies grew equally, until the final curveball came: the coronavirus pandemic. "It sounds horrible to say, but I don't know if it was necessarily tears of joy. This average decreases for each additional fetus: to thirty-six weeks for twin births, thirty-two weeks for triplets, and thirty weeks for quadruplets.
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