Baby bumps are nothing new in the Radford household.
But even though they are Britain’s biggest family, the sight of two together is a first.
When Sue Radford, 39, heard her eldest daughter Sophie, 20, was giving her a second grandchild she was thrilled. Just a month later, the excitement was doubled when Mrs Radford discovered she was expecting her 17th baby – so now mother and daughter are sharing the pregnancy process.
The Radfords run a successful bakery. Mrs Radford, who has nine sons and seven daughters, said she was ‘ecstatic’ to find out she was pregnant.
She said sharing the experience with Sophie helps to stop her worrying about her own pregnancy after she suffered a miscarriage last September. Yesterday, Mrs Radford said: ‘Baby No 17 is due in November and we couldn’t be happier. It has been fantastic being pregnant at the same time as Sophie.
Sophie already has a 21-month-old girl called Daisy with her 22-year-old boyfriend Joe and they share a privately rented home.
She said: ‘It was strange. As soon as I found out I was pregnant I just knew my mum was too. When she told me I was so happy. It just makes everything less stressful and I feel like it has brought us even closer. It is lovely to be able to share this experience with my mum and we are both doing really well.’
The family were featured on Channel 4 show, 16 Kids and Counting. And will they stop counting at baby No 17? Mrs Radford said: ‘I always say “never say never” but maybe this time it is the last.'