I have some BIG news to share!
Many of you all know I got married early last year and that I’m not exactly young. Well, I’m 37 which I guess is relatively young but by fertility standards not so much. Jamie and I started trying and had some difficulties conceiving. It was a huge struggle for me and one I chose to bear in a non-public fashion. Infertility is the hardest thing I have ever gone through in my life and I know many of you share my struggles.
We turned to ART (assistive reproductive technology) and the testing and testing and testing started. It felt endless but with a goal as important as a child in mind you persevere.
I’m happy to announce that I am now 15 weeks pregnant.
But that’s not really the news.
I am pregnant….with TRIPLETS!
We are pretty sure they are all girls as my early genetic testing via blood showed no Y chromosomes present and our ultrasound this week seems to confirm 3 girls. At least 2 of them are identical (could be all 3 but that would be super rare).
We did IVF and responsibly transferred 2 embryos. The chance of even one of them implanting and becoming a take home baby was around 40%. It turns out we were overachievers in the IVF department and one of the embryos split. We’ve known since very early on that it’s triplets. Fortunately each baby is in their own gestational sac with their own placenta which cuts down on complications. It is. however, a very high risk pregnancy. I will be written out of work on disability at around 19 weeks and may have to spend time on bedrest and in the hospital before delivering.
My 40 week due date is March 12, 2014 but the doctor won’t let me go past 35 weeks. 32 weeks is average gestation for triplets and the last trimester becomes a race against time to keep the babies inside as long as possible.
Jamie and I are thrilled and understandably overwhelmed. We are so excited to welcome these 3 little girls into our family and hope that you’ll keep me and these babies in your thoughts…
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