Britain’s oldest mother of triplets has given birth to three healthy babies at the age of 55.
Sharon Cutts and boyfriend Stuart Reynolds, 40, from Boston, welcomed sons Mason and Ryan and daughter Lily into their family on March 21.
Ms Cutts, who has four grown-up children from a previous relationship, said she does not care that the babies are younger than her grandchildren.
“It means they’ve got lots of playmates,” she told The Sun.
The NHS will only perform IVF up to the age of 42, so the couple went to a private clinic before travelling to Cyprus for the procedure.
Ms Cutts said: “I knew there was a possibility of multiple births because the doctor put four embryos in me, for a higher chance of conceiving.
“At the scan we were told there were three heartbeats. Stuart was shocked and I was in tears, crying with joy.
“The first thing I thought was: ‘Oh my God, how am I going to cope?’”
Mr Reynolds said: “I was excited, and then bricking it. Now they’re here I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
The couple, a nurse and factory worker, took out loans of £15,000 to pay the medical bills.
The pregnancy was fraught with problems and doctors advised one of the babies should be aborted due to the dangers of pregnancy at that age.
Ms Cutts refused and the triplets were born by Caesarean section, after an 11-week stay in Nottingham University Hospital. They each weighed between 4lbs and 5lbs.
She also revealed she gave herself Botox injections and fresh hair extensions in hospital before going into labour.
“I only injected a little bit, because really you shouldn’t do it while you’re pregnant,” she told The Sun.
“I sneaked out to get my hair extensions changed too. It was important to me to look my best for when the babies were born.”