We did one round of in-vitro and successfully got pregnant with a baby girl. She was born in Feb 2009. In April 2010, we decided to do the embryo transfer with the remaining embryos we had frozen. We assumed only 2 out of the 3 remaining would be used, considering my age but the doctor recommended using all 3 since only 1 of 2 took the first time and the chances of pregnancy on a transfer are so much less.
Well, at 7 weeks we went in for an ultrasound and quickly learned that in fact, all 3 did take! It was definitely a shock but clearly the greatest gift we could have never imagined.
Miraculously, my pregnancy was quite uneventful. I delivered via C-section at 36 weeks and 6 days. Ryan Morgan, 7lbs; Adyson Michelle, 5 lbs 13.5 oz and Hayden Robert, 7 lbs 7 oz were born January 4, 2011. Adyson spent 3 days in the NICU with pneumothorax (which ultimately corrected itself) and the boys went home with me after 2 days.
Now, 14 months old they are a ton of fun. Their looks and personalities are completely different--which adds to the adventure. We are very structured and scheduled but it works for us. They are great eaters and sleepers (still almost 16 hours a day between 12 hours at night and 2 naps a day!)
I feared the thought of having 4 kids, especially 3 at once but we just take it one day at a time. We figure we've already beat some pretty amazing odds, might as well keep it going! Things definitely happen for a reason...
BY: Jill Clemmer
My husband and I were already the parents of a 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son when we began our triplet adventure. My pregnancy was a complete surprise, and around week 6 I started to worry that something was not right: I was so horribly morning sick that I was unable to go to work and was losing weight, fast. We joked that it must be a girl, because morning sickness had been worse with my daughter’s pregnancy than with my son’s, but it never crossed my mind that it might be multiples. At my routine 9-week pre-natal check, the doctor sounded concerned about my weight loss and ketones in my urine, but as she began the ultrasound it all made sense, to her, at least. She simply said, “Do you see what I see?” To which we replied, “No, we don’t see ultrasounds every day, you’ll have to orient us.” Doctor: “Well, here’s one sack of fluid, with a beautiful little baby, and here’s another sack of fluid with another beautiful baby”. We were pretty surprised at this point, but it was just a few minutes later when the OB found the third baby! I just cried and cried, and my husband had to sit down for a while before either of us was stable enough to be able to drive home. Fortunately, I responded well to medication for the nausea and was able to begin gaining weight, in a big way. I gained back all I had lost plus a whopping 80 pounds, but I tried to eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids to make the pounds count and keep the babies growing well. Most of the pregnancy was quite uneventful, other than the lengthy ultrasounds every 3-4 weeks. Around week 30, I went to Labor and Delivery with what felt not exactly like contractions, but more like tightening of the uterus. They monitored me for a couple of hours, but decided to send me home, since my cervix was still long and tightly closed, but I was to be on bed-rest for the rest of the pregnancy. My husband joked that I wasn’t doing much of anything anyway, so bed-rest wasn’t really a change at that point! By week 34, I was starting to feel very uncomfortable, to the point that sleep was almost impossible and it began to hurt a lot whenever the babies moved. A couple of days later at 34 weeks, 3 days, I woke up to what I deduced was amniotic fluid leaking—just enough to leave my pajamas damp. I wasn’t sure it was anything, since I had no other signs of labor, but we trekked in to Labor and Delivery to find that my water had indeed broken and I was 5 cm dilated. The only problem was, it was a holiday weekend (the 4th of July) and the 50+ bed NICU was completely full. The NICU wanted my doctor to postpone my delivery until they could transfer some babies to Children’s Hospital, but he insisted that I couldn’t wait since I was already so far dilated. About an hour later, I delivered the babies by C/section, and we had 3 healthy screaming baby girls to add to our family. Aubrie Renee weighed in at 5 lb 0 oz, Emily Katherine at 4 lb 11 oz, and Teresa Nicole at 4 lb 7 oz. We were very blessed that they had no medical issues at all associated with prematurity and only needed 2 weeks in the NICU to become pros at drinking from a bottle.
BY: Rebecca Dupaix
I was 33 and a half weeks pregnant, I had been on bed rest since 28 weeks. My husband Jason and I were getting ready to leave for a check up with the Dr. when my water broke. then when we were driving to the Dr. my water broke again, and again when we got to the hospital. They were all in separate sacks so it broke 3 times. After I got to the hospital, the nurses tried unsuccessfully to hook me up to the monitors. for what seemed like forever I was telling them to check me that the babys were coming, but it was probably only a few minutes. Then a doctor I knew came in and checked me because he heard me screaming and knew that I had done this before (I have 2 older children) so he checked me and said get her into surgery I have a baby right here!!! After that there was a lot of panic and running and I was on a flat cold table and was being told to count back from 100. My husband was left standing in the other room alone! The triplet that was in the birth canal was the one that they could not get on the monitors and she was in trouble, she was folded in half, so emergency c-section here we go. They were all delivered successfully, Baby A was the one on the bottom she stopped breathing but is just fine, and Babies B and C are both great!! They all 3 needed oxygen for a day or so, they were in the isolettes for a few days, Baby A (Ally)4 lbs Baby B (Linzy) 4 lbs 2oz, and Baby C (Emily) 3 lbs 7 oz. Ally had to have a bili-light for a couple of days, they all had to learn to suck and swallow, but all in all they did great. They were only in the special care nursery for 3 weeks. If you have not done this I encourage you to go and tour the special care nursery where you plan to deliver! It will help!
We found out we were pregnant with triplets at 8 weeks and what a variety of emotions we felt! We were told from the very beginning how hard our pregnancy would be and they were right. It was extremely tough but so well worth it.
I was admitted into the hospital at 20 weeks and 6 days due to a funneling cervix. At 24 weeks my doctor came in to check me and found that I was 6 cm dilated and Baby A's (Eastyn)sac was bulging. So again they gave me very low odds for survival of the babies and rushed me for an emergency cerclage. The cerclage was a success and held until it was removed the day I was induced. I did have to stay in the hospital the entire time (Yes 13 whole weeks!!!) but while in there I made many lifelong friends with the nurses and staff and tried to make the best of my time "pre-triplets". One of my nurses actually is getting ready to become my mother in law because my husband and I played a little match maker during our stay lol.
So at 33 weeks and 4 days I went for an ultrasound where they noticed that Baby C (Emeri) was not gaining weight like the boys and decided it was time for me to deliver. My peri had promised me throughout my whole hospital stay that if I made it to 32 weeks or more he would let me try to deliver vaginally. So my induction was scheduled for Thursday Nov. 13 at 8am. My labor was great. I basically just hung out with my husband and family all day and the next thing I know they told me it was time to go to the OR to push. They took me to the OR just in case I wasnt able to deliver them naturally. So once we were in the operating room I started pushing and 5 minutes later Eastyn Ross was born weighing 4 lbs. 11 oz. Next came Blayken weighing 4 lbs 2oz then came our little princess Emeri weighing 4 lbs 2 oz. Within 15 minutes I had successfully delivered 3 healthy babies! It was the most amazing and wonderful day of our lives!
Our triplets are now 28 months old and are quite a handful but being the parents of triplets is unbelievable!
My husband and I met on match.com almost 3 years ago. We married in May 2010 and decided we didn't want to wait to try and start a family. We stopped the birth control and assumed it would take a few months at least to get pregnant. Boy were we wrong! Only 6 weeks after our wedding we were pregnant! At our 7-week ultrasound we were told that we were having twins. We spent the next two weeks telling everyone we were having twins. Then at 9 weeks we went in for a more thorough follow-up ultrasound. It was then that the tech discovered a third heartbeat! We were utterly shocked. We went from newlyweds to large family in a matter of months! The pregnancy was fairly uneventful until the very end. At our 27-week check up with our perinatologist we were informed that our Baby B had some strain on his umbilical cord. He shared a placenta with Baby C so there was some concern about twin-to-twin transfusion but the doc said not to worry as multiple pregnancies can sometimes show signs of stress early on but could turn out to be nothing. He scheduled us for a week out. Well, we didn't make it that far. The day we were supposed to go to that appointment, I passed my mucus plug and started pre-term labor. (Coincidentally - or not - this was the same night of the full lunar eclipse during the winter solstice). We went to the hospital and they administered a drug (magnesium sulfate) to stop the labor and also a steroid shot to help the babies' lungs develop. This worked fine and my contractions subsided, but during our in-hospital ultrasound they discovered that Baby B's cord, whose cord had shown stress a week earlier, had failed and he was retaining fluid in his abdomen. They had to wait at least 12 hours from the first steroid shot before they could give another and it really meant a lot to the babies to have two full doses so we had to wait until the next day to deliver. But at 2:50 pm EST on Dec 22, 2010 my beautiful BBB triplets were born! Nathaniel Robert (originally dubbed Baby B) was born first weighing 2lbs 11oz. Elias Matthew was next at 2lbs 7oz and Mitchell Henry came into the world weighing 2lbs 4oz. It was certainly a surprise to have them come so suddenly and so early after such an uneventful pregnancy, but if had waited even one more day Nathaniel wouldn't have made it. As it was, he had to be rescusitated at birth and he suffered a grade 4 brain bleed. Now he is a beautiful little baby and he and his brothers are doing great! They have been in the NICU for 8 weeks and we can't wait to have our little blessings home where they belong.