24w

I haven’t updated because as you can imagine my energy level is quite small and there is still quite a bit to do and run in our household. Tomorrow actually will be when I turn 24 weeks. That is the first big milestone in this pregnancy. At 24 weeks all three of these babies are considered viable. Well we all know that babies are viable from the day of conception but what viability really means in hospital terms is that technology is at a place where there is a 50% chance the babies will make it if they’re born at 24 weeks. So if I were to go into the hospital for any reason and the babies had to be delivered, the hospital will attempt to save them and sustain their lives. So as of tomorrow milestone #1 is checked off!

I had both my MFM and OB appts last week. Some have questioned what an MFM is. At my hospital where I am being seen, the MFM is the maternal fetal medicine doctor. She doesn’t deliver babies but she is an OB who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. Her job is to monitor the babies and send reports to my OB and makes recommendations. My OB take care of me and looks at the reports and the two doctors make their decisions together. My MFM is part of the Texas Children’s Hospital network.

So this last appt. the doctor was able to do scans on each of the babies. The ultrasound scans take a long time because each baby has to be checked and they switch positions and they wiggle and hog the space of their siblings. In fact, at the beginning of the scan the sonographer told us which babies were breech, which were transverse, and which ones were head down. But by the end of the scan, that had all changed!
The babies were doing great and were all on schedule. Here are their latest stats:
Babies
A girl B boy C girl
Heartbeat
A 149 B 141 C 146
Weight
A 1 lb 3 oz B 1 lb 3 oz C 1 lb 4 oz
Babies will be rechecked 1st week of March.

My appt went well too. My BP is fine and weight gain is on track. I have my 1st glucose test on 2/28. This pregnancy has presented many different symptoms and challenges. One is acid reflux. It was so bad that natural remedies and OTC meds didn’t touch it. I was not sleeping, couldn’t eat, and I wasn’t gaining weight. We decided to try a Rx for acid reflux. It helps about 80%. I am learning the “no-no’s” to stay away from. One culprit is milk. I am supposed to have a lot of milk a day but haven’t been able to do that and I’m trying to make up the calories and nutrients in other ways.

I’m working on the list of baby items we need. I’ve been on Craigslist and eBay and local selling boards looking for second hand items and clothes. We gave away a lot after Sarah outgrew her baby clothes.

Speaking of outgrowing, I’m outgrowing my maternity clothes at a fairly quick pace. With multiples, there is not much of a second trimester. I have felt like I’m in my 3rd trimester for weeks already.

The babies are very, very active and if one gets the hiccups, the other two start kicking! If I try to sleep on a certain side and one baby doesn’t like that idea, the kicking begins and the others follow suit!

Energy level? Zapped. Out of breath all the time? Yes. Ligament pain? Yes. Tired? Yes. As my OB said, I am having three singleton pregnancies at one time, so my body will respond accordingly.

Next milestone? 30w. Because the babies are doing so well, my MFM changed the “if you make it to this date then you can deliver in The Woodlands”. The original date was 32 weeks and now it is 30w. Anything earlier than that I would have to go to the medical center to deliver. After that milestone, 34 weeks is next. The MFM said once I get to 34 weeks she will be happy. Any weeks after that will be a bonus. She said 32 weeks is the average for delivery with triplets. But if I can get to 36-37 weeks then there would be a chance that there would be very little if any NICU time for the babies.

So here are the milestone dates to be praying for: 30w 3/29 34w 4/26 37w 5/17.

Here are a couple of pics:

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Baby B

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Baby C

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Baby A

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Me at 22w

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Me at 23w

12 Responses to 24w

  • I love all the details Shannon! So glad you and the babies are doing well. Praise God! You’re amazing Shannon! You look great :). Praying for 34 weeks+…that would be so amazing if you made it to 36-37 weeks!

    • By the way, I am really sad I can not be there seeing you go through this pregnancy in person :(. Wished we lived closer!

  • I am so happy to see you are all healthy. I am sorry about all the symptoms. Hey we have our transfer date is march 21. Hopefully third time is a charm for us too

  • This is just crazy watching all this all unfold, I’m praying that your babies stay till The Lord feels is best for your health and theirs….hang in there and know that I’m outta touch but I’m rooting for your family that the transition is fun and adventurous for all of you….is there anything we cyber folk can do

  • Congratulations on 24 weeks. Praying for continued health for you all. You look amazing. Thank you for the update.

  • Such cute pictures if the little ones! So glad all is going well and you look amazing.

  • I am happy and thankful to hear you are doing so well! First milestone down, and I will be praying you reach all the others. My daughter came at 32 weeks, and while she was fine, we had about a month of NICU/special care nursery time. I pray you are able to avoid it. Every day counts!!!

  • I’m all caught up now 🙂 You look fantastic! Hang in there mama! You’re doing good work. Blessings!

  • Your doing great!! Those ultrasounds take forever don’t they 🙂 Sometimes our babies had the same or close to the same heartbeat so the sonogram lady wasn’t sure if she was getting the same baby more than once. Do they put those belt things (not remember what they are called) on your stomach when they check the babies? I always hated doing that part of the test but when I got further along I enjoyed seeing the babies every week with a ultrasound.

    What is the Woodlands? Is that a hospital that has a NICU? It is best to find a hospital with at least a level 3 NICU. You wouldn’t want to deliver in one hospital and have to transfer the babies to another hospital.

  • Glad you are doing so well and the babies are growing and staying put. Wishing you continued good health and that you make your goal in keeping those babies inside for a bit longer. Can’t wait to hear another update!

  • You look so good! It’s so amazing to follow this journey with you and your miracle babies. Glad everything is going well. Praying for you!! Miss you!

  • Yay! So happy things are going well for you and your three little ones. Another milestone met! Praying for the other ones!

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