Hyper-Fertile Mother: A Woman From Russia Holds The Record For Giving Birth To 69 Children

November 21, 2019 19:23

Raising one kid is demanding enough, yet imagine someone having five or more children! These days, such a family is considered a large one. What about more than 50 children, then? Historical reports suggest that one woman gave birth to 69. Are you impressed?

It may sound unbelievable, but the world record for the number of children is held by a Russian woman who bore 69 babies in total, and only two of them did not survive their infancy!

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Guinness world record: a woman with 69 babies

In old Russia, the records of childbirths were kept by the churches and monasteries. The case of the most fertile mother was reported to Moscow by the Monastery of Nikolsk in 1782. Her name was lost in history, but the Guinness World Records inform that the woman was the wife of Feodor Vassilyev, a peasant who lived in Shuya, Russia, between 1707 – 1782.

Vassilyev had quite an impressive crew under the same roof! The record-holder was his first wife, while the second one gave him 18 children.

There is not a lack of skepticism about the whole thing. However, the truth remains that the case is proved by a document that had no reason to have been falsified in the 18th century.

Hyper-fertile mother: how is it possible?

Such hyper-fertility may be explained by genetic hormonal inbalance, the overproduction of estrogen, in particular, which is responsible for ovulation. It increases the chances of having multiple births: twins, triplets, quadruplets, or even more, due to the multiple eggs released by the ovaries in one cycle.

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Vassilyev’s first wife had sixteen pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets. That’s 27 births in total in a period between 1725 and 1765.

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If there are women struggling with fertility with no ovulation at all, why can’t we believe in the opposite?

Women can physically conceive from the age of 13, on average, and be fertile until 51. However, there are cases of 5-year-old girls giving birth, and a 67-year-old mother, who defied all the rules of nature and human physiology.


Some experts say that after five natural births, the woman’s body gets weaker: Its resources are depleted, so to speak, and health risks for both a baby and a mother increase drastically.

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According to NDTV, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre informs that the safe number of births is three. After reaching this mark, a mother may experience serious complications during pregnancy and labor.

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However, there are always exceptions to every rule! Genetic factors and personal health conditions make us so different when it comes to conceiving and raising children.

What an amazing woman! It is hard to believe that it is possible to give birth to 69 babies. We are deeply impressed and what do you think? Share your thoughts in comments.