At 65, most women are happily working towards retirement or working at cuddling their grandbabies. But not
Fertile Myrtle Annegret Raunigk. The teacher from Berlin is a mom of 13, but she hasn’t had enough diaper-changing in her lifetime. So, she decided to get pregnant once again, and after a year and a half of undergoing several rounds of artificial insemination, it took. And, boy and girl, did it! Because this time, Raunigk is expecting quadruplets.
And why? Because her youngest kid, nine-year-old Leila, asked for a sibling. We’ll let that sink in for a sec.
— Keith W. Tyras (@keithtyras) April 12, 2015
The Daily Mail reports that she was offered the choice to have a “selective reduction,” where one or more of her embryos would be aborted, but as far as Raunigk was concerned it wasn’t an option, saying she felt fit and healthy enough to not only carry the babies, but raise them.
According to the Daily Mail, she is 21 weeks along and the pregnancy has been healthy thus far. But what happens after they’re born? Some believe that Raunigk is being totally irresponsible, but others see her as an inspiration. Late-in-life pregnancies aren’t the norm, but they’re not all bad, right?
Pro: So many babysitters to choose from, right from your own family tree.
Con: Won’t have a ton of energy to run around after four babies.
Pro: You have a wealth of experience to share. The adage about being older and wiser isn’t for nothing.
Con: People will mistake you for their grandmother. ALL THE TIME.
Pro: You beome famous and people want to make documentaries about you.
Con: You’re going to be an octogenarian when they graduate high school.
Pro: Her kids, grandkids and all of their significant others are enough to make a proper football game happen.
Con: You’re going to die soon. Well, soon-ish.