A mum has shocked doctors after she unexpectedly became pregnant with her sixth child - while she was going through the menopause.

And now Ryan Renee France, 41, says the miracle baby boy is "her little best friend."

Ryan and her second husband of four years, Kenny, 52, had only planned on having one child together, but a surprise came along when she became naturally pregnant last year.

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The nurse and mum-of-six had been told by medics that, after the birth of her fifth child, she was going through the menopause due to several missed periods.

But in April 2020, she became ill and suspected something wasn't right - with a positive pregnancy test followed by scans at the doctors proving she had a miracle baby on the way.

And in January this year, Ryan gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Thomas, whom she says has made her big family complete.

Ryan, from Mount Washington, Kentucky, US, said: “We thought that we were done having children but Thomas was such a miracle.

Baby Thomas

“I didn’t know that I was pregnant and I wasn’t taking any tests because I wasn’t having a period due to menopause.

“I took a test one day and was so confused - it wasn’t planned so I was really shocked.

“I didn’t think we would be going through this again but it was a nice surprise.

“My two year old, Denny-Ray, now has a best friend because there’s a ten year difference between child number four and him, but Thomas and him are just 20 months apart.

“Family gatherings are wild and the kids and cousins enjoy each other's company. It’s very cute to watch them all play and grow up together.

“Thomas is definitely a great ending addition to our crazy and joyful home.”

Ryan first suspected she had started the menopause after having Denny-Ray in April 2019, as she wasn’t getting a period three months later.

She said: “In November 2019 I went to the doctor and she said there’s no way I had started menopause so she did some lab work which confirmed that I had.

“I was prescribed progesterone to try and pull me out of it, which unfortunately didn’t work.

Ryan and Thomas

“I have three older children who are Marrissa, 20, Myriam, 18, and Mario, 16, from my first marriage and their father, my first husband, passed away when they were young.

"I also have another child from a long term relationship, Isabella, who is 12.

“Kenny and I have been married for four years and he didn’t have any children of his own so we agreed on having one child together, Denny-Ray.

“We didn’t want any more children so Kenny booked an appointment to get a vasectomy but this was cancelled due to Covid.”

When Ryan became sick last year, she knew something wasn’t quite right, which prompted her to take a pregnancy test.

Doctors couldn’t believe that it was positive due to her already going through the menopause at age 40, so they called her in to investigate it more.

Ryan said: “The doctors asked me if I was sure that I was pregnant but they did some more tests which were very positive and showed it was a viable pregnancy.

“They called me in for an ultrasound to make sure there was just one baby because the older you are, the more likely twins are.

“I told Kenny about it and he asked what we were going to do.

Baby Thomas was a 'miracle'

“I’ve had a few miscarriages in the past so I was quite scared to go through the pregnancy in case there were any complications.”

Ryan gave birth to little Thomas in January 2021, but has expressed that it was a difficult journey, due to the shock that she became unexpectedly pregnant with him.

She said: “I had a lot of emotional and mental issues with this pregnancy because I wasn’t prepared for it.

“I had a C-section because they said he was going to be around 11lbs, but he was 8lbs 1oz and that was quite hard to recover from.

“When he was two weeks old I managed to get myself together and I completely fell in love with him.

“He’s my little best friend and it’s so fun to watch him grow up.”

Ryan’s extended family enjoy large family gatherings - with her mother now boasting a whopping total of 14 grandchildren.

Ryan added: “My family were so excited when we announced that I was expecting another child.

“My mother now has 14 grandkids so the more the merrier!

“I think a lot of people don’t realise that some women who go through the menopause can still get pregnant somehow.

“It’s really hard to take it all in, especially because you don’t plan it.

“As a nurse, I’d hear about other women who had babies during the menopause and I couldn’t believe it. I definitely didn’t expect it to happen to me.

“It has been an incredible journey and Thomas is definitely our little miracle baby who has completed our family in the best way.”

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