Most Children from One Mother: 69 Children over 27 Pregnancies

    The most children birthed by ONE mother was 69 children over 27 pregnancies: 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets. This was in Russia, in the 1700s.

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    If you think having two or three kids seems exhausting, then hold onto your seat belt!

    One woman, the wife of a 18th century Russian peasant named Feodor Vassilyev, gave birth to 69 children, spanning 27 pregnancies. This included 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets.

    There are various sources from the time that seem to validate the almost-unbelievable story, such as a report by the Monastery of Nikolsk that was written to Moscow in 1782.

    In 1783, The Gentleman's Magazine also ran a piece on Vassilyev that outlined the prolific peasant's show of fertility:

    "By his first wife:

    4 x 4 = 16
    7 x 3 = 21
    16 x 2 = 32
    ----------
    27 births 69 children

    By his second wife:
    6 x 2 = 12
    2 x 3 = 6
    ---------
    8 births 18 children

    "In all, 35 births, 87 children, of which 84 are living and only three buried."

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