The very exclusive triplet club
If you have just found out you are expecting triplets, welcome to a very exclusive club! There are only around 200 triplets born in the UK each year – so how special are your babies?
At a glance
- The average length of pregnancy for triplets is 34 weeks
- You can still make a birth plan and discuss your delivery options with your midwife
- Your midwife will keep a very close eye on you and your triplets throughout your pregnancy
But let's get real – you probably were not expecting this, were you? As one mum says on our multiple birth forum: 'Not got my head round all them yet!'
With three babies on the way, you are undoubtedly going to have a lot of questions – will I go to full term? How will I deliver them all? And of course, how will I cope?
Take a deep breath
First of all – don't panic. Your midwife and consultants will be keeping a very close eye on you and your triplets throughout your pregnancy. Yes, there will be some potential complications because of the sheer number of babies you are carrying, but your medical team will be one step ahead of any problems all the way, and advising and treating you accordingly. You will face the same risk factors as for twins as well as gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and anaemia.
Will I carry my triplets full term?
The average length of pregnancy for triplets is 34 weeks, and it is most likely that your babies will be delivered by caesarean section, and with a lot of doctors and nurses assisting at the birth. You and your babies will be in very safe hands! This doesn't mean you can't still make a birth plan and discuss your babies' delivery with your midwife though.
Because they will be that little bit early, it is quite often the case – 90% in fact – that your triplets will need some time in the neonatal care unit. If this happens, you know your little ones are getting the best possible start in life and building up their strength before you take them home.
Breastfeeding and routines
And if you are wondering just how you are going to feed your new brood, try not to get too anxious! With some time, practice and help from midwives and health visitors, you’ll be able to work out a breastfeeding routine that suits you (all!)
For advice and support on having twins or more, visit the charity TAMBA.