Talk about a super-mum – Olympian, doctor, mum-of-four and SAS Australia contestant Jana Pittman has announced she’s expecting twins.
The busy mum admits she never thought she’d have six children, and isn’t sure how she’s going to cope with her growing family.
“How will we all fit into my car? I can see life is going to be a logistical nightmare,” Jana told New Idea. The 39-year-old, who is 11 weeks pregnant, says she had some early pregnancy symptoms that made her think she might be having twins. “Early on, I used to wonder: ‘Why am I so nauseous?’ None of my other babies made me feel sick. I pondered if I had twins on board.”
One big, happy family
Jana, a junior doctor, says like most mums she tried to hide her pregnancy early on, but it became pretty obvious when she threw up at work.
“I was in surgery, trying hard to concentrate. Just as we closed up the patient, who was in for a caesarean, I walked away from the table and threw up. It went all over my mask, up into my goggles and peppered my face shield, to the point that I couldn’t see, and a nurse had to lead me away from the table. It was then that I admitted to my boss that I was pregnant.”
She says working as a doctor means she’s able to keep a close eye on her twins with regular ultrasounds. “I can’t help walking past and checking in on my babies. I have ‘quick looks’ all of the time. At six weeks, I saw one baby and an anomaly, which got me worried. Then at seven weeks, the anomaly became clearer and I saw it was the second baby. I was so relieved, then happy, then a bit shocked.”
Jana and her new husband, Paul Gatward, 53, are looking forward to adding to their brood of beautiful children, which include Charlie, 11 months, daughters Emily, 6, and Jemima, (conceived through anonymous sperm donation when Jana was a single mum) and 14-year-old Cornelis, who Jana shared with her former coach and husband, Chris Rawlinson.
“Paul never thought he’d have children, so he’s ecstatic. And I’m stoked because I love the idea of having a beautiful, big family for the rest of my life. I’m going to have a very full life and that gives me a lot of peace and pleasure.”
The busy mum says she’s under no illusions about just how difficult the next few years will be, and has already ruled out any more kids. “My desire to fall pregnant again has gone. The flame is out. I’m going to immerse myself in the joy of this last pregnancy and enjoy the feeling of having twins grow inside of me.”