A mother of twins was left seeing double when she becane pregnant again earlier this year — with another set of twins.
Kelsey Husler, 24, conceived the two sets of multiples completely naturally, beating odds of approximately 700,000 to one.
The soon-to-be mother of four, from Moorhead, Minnesota gave birth to her fraternal twin son and daughter Braxton and Auvianna Hunter, now aged three, on Halloween 2014.
Seeing double: Kelsey Husler, 24, welcomed her first set of twins in 2014 and is now set to give birth to two new twin girls
Family: The soon-to-be mother of four, from Moorhead, Minnesota gave birth to her fraternal twin son and daughter Braxton and Auvianna Hunter, now aged three, on Halloween 2014
Schedule: Kelsey (pictured with Braxton, left, and Auvianna, right), learned she was pregnant again back in February and is due to give birth again next month
Kelsey, who had the twins with different partners and is currently single, learned she was pregnant again back in February, this time fraternal twin girls.
The mother, an independent distributor, is due to give birth next month and said her three-year-olds are bursting with excitement for their new twin sisters to arrive.
‘Everyone has the same response when they hear that I’m expecting twins again — their eyes pop out of their heads,’ she said. ‘They freak out. When I told my mom I was expecting another set of twins she said “Well, I guess I always wanted a big family.”‘
Kelsey always wanted to have two children. Instead, she’s set to experience two pregnancies and have four kids.
‘I was not expecting to have twins when I first got pregnant, so I kind of freaked out. The second time I was like, that’s awesome, this is going to be fun,’ she recounted.
Siblings: Auvianna and Braxon are bursting with excitement at the prospect of welcoming two younger sisters
Beating the odds: Kelsey always wanted to have two children. Instead, she’s set to experience two pregnancies and have four kids
Taking the lead: According to the mother, Auvianna (pictured) is ready to be a big sister
Unlikely: Kelsey conceived the two sets of multiples completely naturally, beating odds of approximately 700,000 to one
‘We don’t know anybody else in the family with twins. Not even our older relatives can recall any twins in the family.
‘It feels great to be the first in my family. I’m starting a legacy. It’s pretty cool.
‘I don’t think it’s hit me yet. I know it’s super rare but it won’t properly hit me just how rare it is until they’re born.’
Kelsey plans to name her daughters Gracelyn Kay and Kennadie Faith.
While her first pregnancy with twins was a breeze, this time around she has suffered from severe morning sickness and back pain.
Promise: Braxton has pledged to help his mother with newborn duties once his sisters arrive
‘The first time I had twins it was so easy. I carried them to 37 and a half weeks,’ she said. ‘This pregnancy has been a complete 180 compared to the last. I have been extremely sick and in and out of the hospital.
Mystified: Kelsey says she doesn’t know of anybody else in her family who had twins
‘In the beginning I would get extremely dehydrated because my morning sickness was so bad. It has not been fun.’
She is now preparing for birth to be induced on September 19 — a day she says ‘can’t come soon enough’.
Obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Mary Holm, who cares for Kelsey at Essential Health in Fargo, North Dakota, said this is the first time she’s seen a case like this.
‘Twins generally are three per cent of any spontaneously achieved pregnancy. To have two in a row is very rare,’ she said.
‘In the past I’ve had patients that have had twins twice, but that was when they had a few kids in between. I’ve never seen a back-to-back pregnancy like this before.’
The doctor said Kelsey seemed ‘completely unfazed’ by the announcement, adding: ‘I guess that was the bigger surprise.’
Braxton and Auvianna can’t wait to meet their two new siblings.
‘My son and daughter are so excited,’ Kelsey said. ‘My son says he’ll help me out with diapers and things. I think they’re ready for their little sisters.’