Saturday, June 8, 2013

Top Ten Triplet Pregnancy Survival Guide

Here is how I've managed to stay healthy and happy during these last few months of my pregnancy:

  1. Jesse.  I'm not sure he'll ever understand the toll this pregnancy has taken on my body, but he has certainly stepped up without complaining.  Of course, I've always been fairly spoiled by him.  Now I will sweep downstairs and leave piles in the floor and he comes home and sweeps them up without saying a word.  He's completely taken over all physical aspects of childcare when he is home (bathing, chasing/playing on the floor, carrying Jackson upstairs for diaper changes, etc).
  2. Chiropractor.  I only go as needed due to the expense, but a few adjustments seriously prolong my happiness and overall comfort level.
  3. Body pillow.  Sleeping is not restful, but at least I don't wake up with severe back or hip pain.
  4. Crushed ice and popsicles.  It's the only way I can stay cool and hydrated without chugging water all day long.
  5. Flexible administration.  Don't get me wrong, I will never return to my current school, but I am extremely thankful that I was able to reduce my hours over a period of time.  I was able to maintain physical and mental activity, as well as have a necessary structure and routine, without feeling pressured to overdo it.
  6. Maternal Fetal Medicine appointments.  Despite the $70 copay each visit, I appreciate these thorough visits.  I find needed reassurance that my team of specialists will frequently monitor the babies and I and respond appropriately if any concerns were to arise.  I am also thankful that they do not advocate bed rest, unlike my OB office.
  7. Triplet Facebook Group.  It's a unique bond to be able to share between other triplet moms.  I appreciate the support, shared knowledge, and different perspectives these women around the world can provide.  It's also a good reminder for me to be thankful for how well the pregnancy has gone, considering the trials so many of these women face (TTTS, cerclage, delivery before 30 weeks, etc).
  8. Naps.  Thankfully, I've been able to take a two hour nap almost every day the past month.  Since I can't sleep for more than two hours at a time, this is the only way I've been able to balance lack of quality sleep.
  9. Donations from family and friends.  We have been so very blessed to have most all of the babies needs provided for in regards to cribs, swings, clothes, diapers, bouncers, car seats, and more.  From donating to assembling to organizing, our nursery is fully functional and attractive.  I am thankful to not have concerns about the nursery in the back of my mind or worry about feeling unprepared.
  10. Encouraging messages.  I am surprised how many people genuinely care about my pregnancy.  Through Facebook, e-mails, and text messages, I have received hundreds of well wishes, requests for updates, and prayers for healthy babies.  I already knew I had incredible sisters, in-laws, and co-workers, but I'm especially surprised to hear from old high school and college friends.

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