Well, it seems I have been very slack as I have had three appointments since my last blog update! We are currently 28+3 and all the worries with baby boy 1 have now disappeared (yay!!!). All babies have perfect blood flow and at their last growth scan two weeks ago were 950g, 1000g and 1050g. The ob was extreeeeemely happy with this which I was ecstatic about. I did confess to him that I was quite worried after our previous growth scan and he said seriously “so was I” (which was a bit of a shock as I thought I had perhaps magnified the seriousness of it all in my head), so I am definitely glad everything is back on track! The babies are all head to toe with one another and our little girl is head down and face down right near my cervix ready to go! I think she wants to beat her brothers out so she can always claim she is the oldest! The babies move around so much now, it is so cool to look at and feel! Pretty much as soon as I sit or lie down they want to have a party which is absolutely fine with me. I can generally feel the boys move a lot more than our little girl (I think it is due to her position and the fact that her placenta is anterior which will cushion my ability to feel her movement). It is very reassuring to feel them kicking around 🙂
As for me, my iron and haemoglobin are below normal so I’ve had to double my iron tablets as I am going to need all the energy and blood I can get. I had another blood test to check folate and B12 which I assume was all normal as it wasn’t mentioned to me at my last appointment. I don’t have gestational diabetes which is a big plus! My cervix is down to 1.8cm (cervix shortening can indicate it is preparing for labour/can cause preterm labour when you don’t want it to!) normally and 1.5cm with pressure. I was always under the impression from speaking to a lot of other multiples mums that this wasn’t good (a lot of them have to go on bedrest for anything under 2.5cm, especially in America) but the ob seemed to be fairly happy with that as he said with a singleton pregnancy he would expect to be about 2.5cm now. Pretty much his main instruction to me last time I saw him was to eat eat eat and rest rest rest!
About a month ago, the ob did say to Dave and I that I would most likely find it difficult to eat soon as I would feel like I had no room for it. Luckily, my ability to eat generous amounts of food pre pregnancy has come in handy! I can still eat as much as I normally would, I just tend to eat at a much slower pace (which is definitely a good thing for me!). I try and eat as much protein as possible as that’s what the babies need most but I did indulge in a bit of chocolate over Easter (oops!). Funnily enough, I can only stomach smaller amounts of chocolate these days- I just don’t feel as though I want it that much. I realllllly hope that stays after I have the babies!!! Overall, I’ve put on about 27kg so far but I’m not that phased and neither is my ob. Dr. Luke’s book (a guideline on weight gain for healthier multiple pregnancies) recommends gaining between 26 and 34kg in a triplet pregnancy for healthier babies. They have done research which has shown if you follow their guidelines, the babies have 20% increased birth weight compared to those that don’t! So, if it is good for the babies I am not going to worry. I’m sure I’ll be very worried about it all after they are born and I have to lose it all again but it will be so worth it (I’ll try and keep this positive attitude then anyway!). It’s a bit disheartening when you barely fit into the maternity jeans you bought initially (pffft who am I kidding- they don’t fit unless I want to stand still the whole I am wearing them!) and you look at all your clothes and wonder if you will ever fit into them again BUT I keep reminding myself about the bigger picture- three healthy little babies! 🙂
Physically, I like to think I am coping fairly well! I am generally comfortable most of the time. I don’t have some of the pains other women sized 38 weeks do, like babies pushing on their ribs! I do get a sore back if I stand for too long and sit in an unsupportive chair but this is usually relieved as soon as I lie down. I am still getting episodes of “overheating”, usually when I have done too much (e.g. hung out the washing, then washed the dishes, then pottered around). This is my body’s way of telling me to chill out and rest, to which I happily oblige under the air conditioning! I don’t exercise at all now and my pelvis has thanked me for that but my knees and general body are feeling the effects, especially seeing as I used to exercise or play sport almost every day! Walking about the shops is about as strenuous as it gets these days! I would love to still go to the pool but to be honest I think I would struggle to pull myself up and out of it! Plus, my bikini seems to be getting smaller and smaller for some reason- I must’ve washed it incorrectly I think! 😉
Overall, I like to think we are doing pretty well! My ob seems very happy with how things are going and said to me this week that my body was born to have multiples! What a compliment 🙂 I hope it can all continue this way until 34 weeks when we can have a nice natural birth! That would be the aim anyway- I’ve come to learn birth plans can go awry so that is about as much birth planning as I have done! The ob did say if I was his wife and having triplets he would strongly encourage a natural birth as the recovery is much better. I have no doubt he is the best person to manage a triplet birth and I have full faith in his ability to bring our babies into the world! The countdown is on now- 3.5-5.5 weeks and counting eeeek!!!