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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 Pittman SAS Australia

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.”

  • What a wonderful attitude to have. I must admit I found having 2 boys plus working full time was difficult at times. My house may not have been tidy but my boys were happy and that’s all I could have hoped for. Congratulations to them both

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  • Wowwww more kids!! I don’t know how she does it!!

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  • Six is a decent sized brood. I hope the pregnancy goes smoothly for her.

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  • OMG! Clearly Jana is very fertile. She is going to be so busy post-SAS.

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  • Jana was a standout on SAS! Congrats to her and her growing family.

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  • She is a superwoman for sure! If anyone can have twins, she can. Her husband must be amazing too, looking after their baby while she was on SAS. It would help to have Such a supportive partner.

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  • Wow! What a busy life she is going to have.

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  • Oh wow what a super Mum m, loved watching her on sas Australian

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  • This is such great news! Jana is a total super woman. I’m sure she will handle these babies like the amazing mother and woman she is.

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  • Such a beautiful family – she’s going to have her hands full!

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  • Wow. Twins!
    Welcome to the multi-world. I had twins at 49 with a toddler who was then 2. I can’t imagine juggling more than that! All parents of multiple births are superheros in my humble opinion!

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  • Wow, she sure sounds like a super mum being an olympian, doctor and mum of 4 with a twin on the way !

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  • Congratulation Jana, I really enjoyed watching your journey on SAS.

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  • So incredibly happy for her

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  • Always a blessing welcoming not one but two babies into the world!

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