A mother who has spent nine years of her life being pregnant has given birth to her 12th child.
Mandy, 39, from Worthing, welcomed her seventh daughter with her husband Nathan over the summer.
The 7lb 2oz newborn has 11 siblings as the couple already have five sons and six daughters whose ages range from one to 23.
Mandy admitted she has become ‘addicted’ to having children after having her first more than two decades ago when she was 16.
‘Am I addicted to having babies? Yes there is an element of that,’ she said as she shares her story on TLC UK’s My Extraordinary Pregnancy.
But she’s not the only one as her husband also loves having a big family.
Mandy said: ‘Not all the pregnancies were planned – 12 is us being careful – but each and every one has been a welcome addition.
‘Nathan loves a big family, he would have 20 if I’d let him. I hope to stop at 12. Famous last words as the last seven have all been the last.’
Speaking of what she enjoys the most about having babies, she said: ‘Holding your baby for the first time is magical, meeting who has been in your stomach for nine months and putting a face to the kicks, I love it.’
However, she admitted labour never gets any easier and she sill felt apprehensive about it as she approached her 12th due date.
‘I am nervous about the birth,’ she said when pregnant. ‘You would think it would get easier the more you have but they are so different and unpredictable each time, you never know what will happen so that makes me nervous.’
She added that having a newborn at home is tough, especially when she still has all her other children to attend to.
‘The first 12 weeks are hell as I am so tired. It is busy, you just don’t stop, the housework will finish 1 or 2am most days,’ she said.
‘We currently have three under three but we have done it before having four under four – routine is key.’
The older children are expected to help out with their younger siblings and they are encouraged to pitch in with the chores in return for some pocket money.
Mandy said their bursting-at-the-seams home, which they also share with pet dogs and cats, can be ‘bedlam’ but she wouldn’t change it.
‘Crazy is normal in this house. Would I trade it for a quiet life? No,’ she said.
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