Thank you for the welcome, Smurfette! It's nice to have a fellow pregnant triplet mom around to compare note with :)
Hergrace, thank you SO much for your words. I've been having tiny little period-like cramps at work, and I'm taking them seriously enough to be put on sick leave by my doctor. I plan on spending as long as possible just relaxing and eating enormous amounts for the next weeks and hopefully months.
We have a whole team of help (mom-in-law, dad-in-law, sisters-in-law, friends, plus all the help we'll get from the wonderful Swedish REAL family values system -- a personal assistant regularly for the first few months + financial support) that we've mobilized and organized for the first 6 months. I'm American, so we'll be relying mostly on dh's family (but I adore them). My dad will come and live with us for a few months next summer, so when everyone else is getting tired of us, we'll have some fresh hands :)
I talked to a friend who had very premature twins (26 weeks) at the same hospital where I will be. She got to live basically in the same room as the kids, and there was always dim lighting around the babies -- not that bright hospital lighting. The hospital was one of the first in the world to initiate the kangaroo method (borrowed from Peruvian mothers, aparently, who wear preterm babies on their upper chests all the time as their bodies serve as natural, temperature-regulating incubators) so that she and her husband spent hours and hours each day wearing the microbabies wrapped on their chests. She said she felt she was constantly being asked to keep pumping breast milk to get her supply up and so they could be exclusively fed mother's milk. The hospital also has a milk bank for its premature babies that other, overflowing mothers donate to so that preemies whose mothers can't pump can have human milk too. So I'm feeling a little better about the prospects of having premature babies after talking to her.
Yesterday, I went in to talk to the specialist doctor who will be following my pregnancy and possibly birth. She was really cool. She was just downright excited about triplets because it had been a couple years since the last litter. She said that triplets are born by cesarean. I said I was totally ok with that and would follow the specialist recommendation, but because my first birth was so blissful, I asked her about the possibilities of having a natural birth. Instead of giving me a lecture about safety and putting the babies first as I had expected, she was so positive and said that if there was good positioning and old enough/healthy enough babes, then she didn't see any reason why I shouldn't be supported in my desire for a vaginal birth. She said that she'd check with her colleagues around the country and see who had the experience to come and accompany. She said that she'd love to be there for a natural triplet birth too. It all felt very positive and supportive, and I hope for this kind of continued care.
Dr. Luke's renowned book (expecting twins, triplets, etc.) arrived in the mail yesterday and I prompty read half of it. Lucky thing I've been following my own urges and eating like 6 or 7 full meals a day with tons of complex carbs, protein, healthy fats, veggies and more. My doc hasn't mentioned a thing to me about food or even taken my weight. I'm at 21 weeks now and have gone up 20 pounds, which is decent, but I'd like to gain more. I do have a hard time putting on weight though generally, so I'll just have to trust the fact that the enormous amount of fantastic and varied food I eat is good enough. I'll start mixing in even more yummy extra virgin olive oil into my food for good measure, though :)
Thank you again for your advice, and listening to my ramblings (I don't want to bore all my friends with every little detail of my pregnancy!).