FARGO — Inside a Sanford Health exam room in downtown Fargo on Monday, Aug. 17, Megan and Josh Hulen saw an amazing ultrasound of their growing family.
Megan is 30 weeks into her pregnancy with quintuplets, who could come any day.
"Sometimes it feels like a somersault and not just kicking," Megan said. "It is something I did not experience with just one, and it is night and day, and not just one period of the day."
Megan and Josh recently moved to Fargo from Minot, N.D., with their two boys. Jacob, 7, and Matthew, 2. The couple wanted to try for a daughter, so they used a type of fertility treatment called intrauterine insemination, but doctors advised canceling the treatment early on because of some issues. However, Megan's body had other plans.
"I ovulated on my own, and voila!" Megan said.
Everyone was surprised at the first ultrasound.
"I lost it, and the tech asked me if she was hurting me, because I was shaking and I said 'No, I am shaking because you just told me I am having five babies!'" Megan said.
Fewer than 10 sets of quintuplets are born each year in the U.S.
The Hulens moved to Fargo weeks ago to be closer to Sanford's maternal-fetal experts, who say the pregnancy is going well. Megan is expected to deliver on Sept. 4 in Fargo.
"She has done so well. We are so happy for them, and one of the biggest things that is so impressive is her attitude. She's just had this positive attitude this whole time," said Dr. Tim Beiswenger.
Josh said after having two boys, he was excited about trying for a girl.
"My work colleagues have daughters, and they are trying to prepare me for life with daughters and how great it will be for 10 years and how bumpy after that for a little while," Josh said.
It is very good that he is excited, as now he will be getting four of them, along with another son.
"With this news and what the world is going through, it will all be one for the memory books," Josh said.