19 weeks

So, what is it like to be pregnant with triplets at 19 weeks? Things are VERY different from a singleton pregnancy! Here are symptoms I have that I usually get in the 3rd trimester (or around 30w+ or so):

* I have gained close to 30# already
* I have Braxton Hicks contractions here and there
* I have trouble getting comfortable at night to sleep
* I get up 2x a night to use the bathroom
* I have bad heartburn & acid reflux at night
* If I am up too much, my ankles swell.
* If I sit too long, my ankles swell.
* I am super congested all the time and it is hard to breathe.
* Speaking of breathing, I get VERY winded just walking up or down our stairs.
* I already feel like I am well into my 3rd trimester. (based on past pregnancies)

These are not complaints, just the symptoms. I am still on Phenegran 1-2x a day for nausea. I am also having to start Pepcid AC for the heartburn reflux. I have never had to take meds for either of these conditions in the past, but everything is super intensified with triplets I am realizing. I have to get and keep many calories down and I need my esophagus to not be permanently damaged. So, the meds I take. My goal weight to gain for the pregnancy is 50#-60#. The goal for the babies my doctor said is to get to the 37th week, which starts on May 17th.

I wanted to open up the comments for you to ask any questions you may have about the triplets or the pregnancy. I get asked lots of questions, but I never know what someone is wondering about. So, ask away and I will answer them in my next post!

photo-17Picture for you Sandi!


12 Responses to 19 weeks

  • Have you thought about how you’ll arrange the babies’ room?! Not really a pregnancy question but I love nurseries.

    Have you guys settled on names yet? Do the other kids have lots of suggestions?

  • So glad to know I’m not alone!!! I’ve gained over 30 lbs. already and look and feel about like you. My doctor said my goal is 36 weeks, which for me is about May 15. So all these kids should be born close to the same time. One question – which of your babies are from the same genetic donor? Just curious, since I’m pretty sure you said they were from different ones.

  • Thank you for sharing the password. I just want to tell you how amazing you look. I was just wondering if you have names picked out yet? Continued prayers to you.
    Take care.

  • You look amazing for sure!
    Prayers as your pregnancy progresses.

  • You look beautiful with a big baby belly! You look full term – yet fabulous! 🙂

  • You look fabulous, Shannon! Truly! Can’t believe you have all of those symptoms already. It has got to be so crazy! Hang in there, my friend. I am sure this is a huge adventure : )

  • You do look wonderful Shannon! I am glad that you taking your symptoms in stride and doing your best to keep those babies nourished! Glad I get to follow along on this journey with you and the many others following. Can’t wait to hear more!

  • You look great! Glad things are going so well!

  • I came on to see if there were any updates and was so happy to see not only an update but a belly pic! Thanks Shannon :). You look great! So glad to hear the babies are doing well. It must be so hard to get winded and have acid reflux and experience swelling and such. These little cuties are going to be so worth it, but I’m sure this is going to be so challenging to finish out this pregnancy…and to 37 weeks! Will continue praying for all 4 of you :).

  • Hope all is going well!

  • You look great. Just keep in mind the more you gain the bigger the babies will get 🙂 I gained 70 pounds with my triplet pregnancy. The majority of the weight was in the last few months. I made it to 32 weeks and 6 days. Do you see a Maternal Fetal Specialist along with your regular OB/GYN?

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