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German woman, 65, has 13 children, says she's pregnant with quadruplets

Annegret Raunigk says the quadruplets were conceived through artificial insemination.

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Kate Stanton
A pregnant woman receives an ultrasound. Photo by Khakimullin Aleksandr/Shutterstock
A pregnant woman receives an ultrasound. Photo by Khakimullin Aleksandr/Shutterstock

BERLIN, April 13 (UPI) -- A 65-year-old German woman with 13 children is expecting another four conceived through artificial insemination.

Annegret Raunigk, a Berlin teacher, recently told Germany's Bild newspaper that her quadruplets are due this summer.

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"So what if I'm 65?" Raunigk told German station RTL, which will document her pregnancy. "Why must one always hew to the obvious clich├ęs? I find that quite exhausting."

Raunigk, whose oldest child is 44, said she decided to have more children when her youngest child, a 9-year-old daughter, asked for a little brother or sister.

All 13 of Raunigk's children were reportedly conceived naturally with five different fathers.

Raunigk said she turned down suggestions that she consider selective reduction of the embryos. She also dismissed concerns about the risk of delivering quadruplets in her mid-60s.

"I simply assume that I will remain fit and healthy," she told Bild.

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