My second stimulated IUI treatment was successful. I was about 6 weeks pregnant when I had a massive bleed and went into A&E. I was given a scan and the doctor told me that the pregnancy was OK and that she could see 3 heartbeats. I continued to bleed for a further week and was told that I had lost one of the babies.
However, at my next scan 3 heartbeats were detected and that was when I first felt the shock of being pregnant with triplets. The pregnancy progressed normally, but I was a nervous wreck the whole way through.
Things started to get hard for me at about 17 weeks when I began to suffer with symphysis pubis dysfunction (pain and inflammation of the joint where the two halves of the pelvic bones meet at the front). The pain was unbearable: it took me ages to do the simplest of tasks.
At around 26 weeks the babies had really started to hurt me, one of them was right under my ribs and I found it difficult to find a comfortable position whether standing, sitting or lying down. I suffered from lack of sleep as I couldn’t get comfortable in bed.
My consultant decided that at 33 weeks I would have a C-section to deliver the babies. After a long wait for the operating theatre to become free, it was explained what would happen and I was given an epidural. My daughters were quickly delivered. They were rushed off to the Special Care Baby Unit and I was stitched up.
After 3 weeks they were allowed home.
The first few weeks at home with the girls are all a bit of a blur to me now – it seemed that all I was doing was feeding the babies and trying to catch some sleep whenever I had the chance. I would only get two and a half hours between feeding the last one and starting again on the first one.
Things settled down when the girls were about 12 weeks old and they started sleeping for 10 hours at night. I still find it hard to get out with the girls due to practicalities like the size of their pram, etc.
The financial side of having triplets is crippling. I spend at least £50 per week on nappies, wet wipes and milk, not including food and clothing.
I absolutely adore my children and if given the chance all over again, I would not have changed a thing. Yes, having three babies is hard work, but the reward is three times greater.
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