65-year-old mother of 13 pregnant with quadruplets

Annegret Raunigk
Annegret Raunigk

After trying to get pregnant through artificial insemination for the past year and a half, 65-year-old Annegret Raunigk has announced that she’s expecting quadruplets.

German channel RTL will broadcast an interview with the mum-to-be, who has 13 children and 7 grandchildren, tomorrow night. 

Ms Raunigk says she got pregnant because her youngest daughter, nine, wanted a little brother or sister.

Ms Raunigk's family

“After the doctor discovered there were four, I had to give it some thought to begin with,” she told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, adding that she had not considered it an option to reduce the number of embryos.

The pregnancy has been without incident so far and when the children are born Ms Raunigk will become the world’s oldest mother of quadruplets.

Asked about the moral implications, RTL quoted her as saying: “I think, one must decide that for oneself.”