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A 65-year-old mother of 13 is pregnant with quadruplets

The last time Annegret Raunigk gave birth, to her 13th child, she was 55 years old.

Now, the 65-year-old teacher from Germany is pregnant once again — this time with quadruplets conceived through in vitro fertilization, a German newspaper reported.

Critics have voiced concern that Raunigk purposefully sought out a high-risk pregnancy. “The 65-year-old body is definitely not designed to carry a pregnancy, not of one child and certainly not of quadruplets,” said Holger Stepan, head of obstetrics at the University of Leipzig

Pregnancies of women over the age of 45 are deemed high risk while “over 60 is naturally extreme.”

epa04701273 An archive picture made available on 12 April 2015 of then 55-year-old Annegret Raunigk (L) posing with her daughter Leila in Berlin, Germany, 03 November 2005. According to a German TV report to be aired on 13 April 2015, 65-year-old Raunigk is pregant again - now with quadruplets. She is already a mother of 13 and a grandmother of seven. EPA/PATRICK LUX

Raunigk could become the world’s oldest woman to give birth to quadruplets, but she wouldn’t be the oldest known woman to give birth.

Raunigk had her 13th child, Leila, in 2005. “I was surprised myself as the last baby wasn’t planned,” she said at the time, AFP reported. “I was told about it when I was 11 weeks pregnant.”

“At first, I only wanted one child,” she told Bild in 2005. “Not all were planned. But then things happen. I’m not a planner but rather spontaneous. And children keep me young.”

Raunigk, a Russian and English teacher nearing retirement, has children ranging in age from 9 to 44. She also has 7 garndchildren. She is expected to give birth to the quadruplets in two months, and AFP reports her pregnancy has been without any major complications so far.

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