In just two minutes, Perth Mum, Kim Tucci, 26, gave birth to her quintuplets – one boy and four girls.

Kim and her husband Vaughn announced on Friday on her Facebook page that the couple had welcomed five new children to their family. The five babies: a son, Keith, and four daughters, Ali, Penelope, Tiffany and Beatrix were all born at King Edward Memorial Hospital at 30 weeks gestation.  All babies are healthy and thriving.

Image source: Facebook/surprisedbyfive
Image source: Facebook/surprisedbyfive

Naturally falling pregnant with the quintuplets, Kim has a nine-year-old son from a previous marriage and two daughters with her husband Vaughn.  She has been documenting her pregnancy progression on her blog, ‘Surprised by Five,’ to a widely supportive readership.

Kim wrote about her struggles with back pain, 12 bathroom trips a night and consuming the recommended 6,000 calories a day to feed her five babies.   

“I’m struggling to eat and force feed myself leaving me with reflux for hours,” she wrote on her blog, “I can’t tolerate a lot of dairy and I can’t keep protein drinks down, I’m starting to lose weight when I really need to be gaining it.”

Amassing a following of more than 123,000 people, her online posts about dealing with pain, nausea, changes to her body and going to the bathroom 12 times a night has seen an outpouring of support and personal stories from other mums also sharing their own stories.

“It’s getting harder as each day passes to push through the pain, every part of my body aches and sleeping is becoming very painful,” she said.  “No amount of pillows are helping support my back and belly. Sometime I get so upset that I just want to throw my hands up and give in!”

“‘I have a lot of stretch marks now, dealing with such a huge change in my body is hard. My husband always reminds me I should wear my stripes with pride and that I should be proud of them and what my body has achieved. Is it all worth it? ‘Yes!!!! I will keep pushing through.”

Kim recently shared that she is preparing for the changes the five little babes will make to their family life.

“I have only just really embraced this pregnancy and what it will mean for my family, the last few days has been a reality check that it’s all really happening!  It’s hard to accept life will change forever and my small family will be HUGE all in one hit,’ she said.


Image source: Facebook/surprisedbyfive

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  • Congratulation on the babies and hope everything goes well. hope you have plenty of helpers when they come home.


  • Congratulations. I’m not surprised that was a tough pregnancy.


  • I was horribly sooky and suffering with one normal pregnancy, cannot imagine what this woman went through, wishing her all the best :)


  • jeepers creepers – what an effort. love to you all. how blessed you are to have such a big family


  • lol at those names though! cool little combination.


  • that would have been so tough! now there will be lots of work! i hope that they have a lot of help


  • gosh Kim – must have been hell! Hope you are enjoying motherhood


  • Oh my goooooodness! 5 babies! Amaaaaazing! Wear those stripes with pride mumma!!


  • Read about her in the paper and wondered how her life has changed so much. Time to get some help for all those children.


  • Wow five babies, it would be full on!


  • Lke nu


  • What beautiful news and so glad the babies are doing well, they are certainly going to have their hands full.


  • Wow thats one huge family but I guess she has youth on her side.
    Wishing them all well ..much happiness and wonderful health.

    • The energy of youth should help with all of those little cherubs.


  • Congratulations to the whole family! How exciting and life changing for them all!


  • that is amazing to have them naturally. good on her!


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