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German mother of 13 pregnant with quadruplets

Annegret Raunigk (first row, 2-L) pictured with her children and grandchildren in 2005 Photo: PA Wire

A 65-year-old German woman who already has 13 children has fallen pregnant again because her youngest daughter wanted a brother or sister.

However, the nine-year-old daughter of Annegret Raunigk can look forward to not just one but four more as the Berlin grandmother is expecting quadruplets.

Raunigk's pregnancy follows a number of attempts via artificial insemination in the past 18 months, according to German broadcaster, RTL.

The Russian and English teacher, whose eldest child is reported as 44, admitted the quad news was unexpected.

"Certainly that was a shock for me," she told Bild am Sonntag.

"After the doctor discovered there were four, I had to give it some thought to begin with."

Bild added that Raunigk had not considered it an option to reduce the number of embryos,

The pregnancy has so far been without incident and if all goes well, Raunigk, who made headlines 10 years ago when she gave birth to her 13th child, Lelia, will be the oldest mother of quadruplets when they are born in the summer.