While some women swore not to have another baby after their first one due to the pain of childbirth they must have experienced, one woman defied the odds by making continuous trips to a labour room.
Sometime in the 18th century, between 1725 and 1765, a woman married to a Russian farmer, had 69 children (yes you read right) for her husband who was known as Feodor Vassilyev.
Even though she didn’t push them all out at once (who would though), the children came in batches and most women wouldn’t expect her to have kept trying and even going on to have more babies. The woman was said to have gotten pregnant 27 times during her marriage to the farmer.
According to Guinness world records, the woman had 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets. Even though one set of twins were said to have died at infancy, the other 67 children went on to live past childhood. This woman’s peculiar case was reported to Moscow by the Monastery of Nikolsk on 27 Feb 1782, which had recorded every birth.
It didn’t end there, according to reports, this same farmer remarried after his first wife and mother of his 69 children died. The second wife went on to get pregnant 8 times, giving birth to a total of 18 children, six pairs of twins and two sets of triplets.
As at the time the farmer turned 75 years old, 82 of his children were still alive and well.