I’m 36 weeks completed. Fewer than 5% of women carrying triplets are still pregnant after 36 weeks (that’s more than 2 standard deviations outside the mean of 32 weeks :). That means I’m finally in my 37th week, and the c-section is fast approaching (if I make it). We had a growth scan this week and learned that the babies’ estimated weights are 5 lbs. 13 oz., 5 lbs. 11 oz., and 5 lbs. 7 oz. I’ve gained a total of 33 lbs., with the babies’ total weight estimated at 17 lbs.! This was the last growth scan of the pregnancy. The next time I’ll be reporting weights will be after the babies are born.
In addition to my doc appointment and weekly ultrasound, I continue having 2 non stress tests per week. These are long, ranging from 1 -3 hours, and would detect any existing problems with the placentas or the cords. 4 monitors are strapped to the belly (3 for the babies, 1 to measure contractions). All babies must be reactive before they let me leave. The monitoring is accompanied by an ultrasound that measures the fluid around the sacs (that’s a total of 3 ultrasounds per week). If everything checks out ok, I’m told it’s safe to continue with the pregnancy.
Again, I discussed the c-section date with the doc. He recommends a steroid shot if babies are born before 38 weeks, but I want to avoid that. Should I go to 38 weeks? Well, probably not. The risk of one of the identical twins being stillborn rises slightly after 37 weeks, as do problems for mom. Although he recommends the shot, I don’t have to get it, as there’s just a 5% chance that something would be wrong with the lungs after 37 weeks. However, if I had insisted on a c-section around 35-36 weeks, the numbers would change again, making NICU time more likely for various reasons. Doc says it’s rare to find reports of women who went to 37 weeks and had problems themselves or babies in NICU, but more common to find reports of women who went to 35-36 weeks who still had babies go to the NICU (for various reasons). So, ideally, we want to go to 37 weeks to avoid any NICU time, but go no farther than about 37 weeks to avoid risk of one of the identical boys being stillborn, or problems with my own health (although very slight). I am satisfied with my c-section date. And I’m pretty sure I’ll opt out of the steroid shot.
I’m hanging in there. I hate the low carb diet, but stick to it. These chocolate Zoic drinks I discovered are saving me – only 6 grams of carbs, 1 gram of sugar, and 15 grams of protein (you can get them on Amazon). They’re so good even Jason drinks them. I’m not told how many calories to consume each day, instead, I must eat 3 meals and two snacks, totaling no more than 130 grams of carbs each day. Each meal and snack must be accompanied by a protein, and I can’t have any sweets at all. I’m really sick of peanut butter and cheese. I’m going to eat an entire chocolate cake when this is over. And I’m still vomiting if I don’t take the Zofran.
I’m also still more mobile than I was at week 30. How that’s possible is beyond me…I think it’s because I started to mobilize myself more for fear of atrpohy, and I’m stronger now. But really, I don’t know, it just is!
We recently came across a news story of spontaneous triplets sort of similar to ours. The babies were born at 32 weeks, weighing about 3lbs each, 1 fraternal, 2 identical. Just a glimpse of what’s to come for us! :)