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Ok, I'm officially joining you all. We found out yesterday (at 20 weeks) that I am pregnant with triplets. Two boys and one girl.

I'm very happy, but a bit overwhelmed. We are going to have to buy a minivan as our car only seats 5 people. Add in the 3 infant carseats at $190 a peice and the toddler car seats we'll need 6-8 months later at $290 a piece and we're going crazy. :

I'd love any advice, book suggestions, etc..

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Dont have any advice to offer you but wanted to say welcome and congrats again Kathryn!!!!!
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WOW! congrstulations!!

Did this occur naturally or with help from IVF? I am totally amazed at stories of triplets that occur naturally.
Having Twins and more by Elizabeth Noble addresses triplet hB and other cool stuff (I saw you were still planning HB) You would really enjoy it.

Good luck and to the multiples board.

I was like : when I found out about 2 I couldn't imagine what shock it would be to here triplets. Somebody upstairs likes you
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No IVF. I used Clomid, but twins with it is rare and triplets are practically unheard of. So I think it was just my body being crazy.

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Wow! Congratulations! I haven't read many triplet homebirth stories, except that one in Having Twins. It also mentions some quints born at home a long time ago. Did you find a midwife willing to do triplets? I had my twins at home but I asked my midwife if she would do triplets and she said no.

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Wow! Congratulations! That's pretty amazing news! I conceived my twins via Clomid (as far as I know anyway). Glad to have you here!

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Oh, my advice (and this probably goes against what most people will say) - be careful of the books - even Having Twins which seems to be the most recommended book around. I found that they all had quite a bit of scare tactics in them and for me it was really, really important to view my pregnancy as healthy - not high risk or dangerous - and normal - not abnormal. So I did pick up that book and allowed myself to skip parts that seemed too negative or scary (although I did educate myself of risks - I just didn't dwell on them, kwim?), and I also got the other book - the one by Barbara Luke - that everyone loves for nutritional info. I hated it and returned it promptly. It had *some* decent stuff but overall I found it to be full of fear and untrusting of the natural process. But that's just me. Everyone else seems to think it's great. Good luck, mama! You're gonna do great!

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Congrats!!! that is so cool you are going to homebirth. Dont let doctors tell you, you cant. in my opinion doctors are good for sick people and pregnancy is not a sickness.
Advice, drink more than a gallon of water a day. I drank a gallon with two babies so with three you will probably need more. make sure to get lots and lots of rest so those babies will stay as long as your body will let them.
Read having twins and more. but like 'love homebirthing' said dont dwell on the negative just educate yourself.
So Congrats and be blessed.
p.s so that will make two boys and two girls, right? thats cool. i have two boys and twin girls. multiples are soooo great.
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Oh, my advice (and this probably goes against what most people will say) - be careful of the books - even Having Twins which seems to be the most recommended book around. I found that they all had quite a bit of scare tactics in them and for me it was really, really important to view my pregnancy as healthy - not high risk or dangerous - and normal - not abnormal. So I did pick up that book and allowed myself to skip parts that seemed too negative or scary (although I did educate myself of risks - I just didn't dwell on them, kwim?), and I also got the other book - the one by Barbara Luke - that everyone loves for nutritional info. I hated it and returned it promptly. It had *some* decent stuff but overall I found it to be full of fear and untrusting of the natural process. But that's just me. Everyone else seems to think it's great. Good luck, mama! You're gonna do great!
Thank you for this. I believe it is imperitive for me to stay in an absolute positive headspace to allow my body to do what it does naturally. I am good at letting fear mongering stuff fly out the other ear though so I will take a look at the books. The nutritional info books never work well for me since I'm so picky about foods. I just know I will eat tons of veggies and fruit and I'm going to eat calcium rich and protein rich foods. I plan to intake at least 150g - 200g of protien a day. I'm also taking very good prenatals and doing yoga and drinking a TON of water. I've been consuming about 120 oz a day, but I plan to up that as well.

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Welcome to the MOMS forum, Kathryn!!!
Like I said over in TAO, congrats & blessings!!!
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Oh, my advice (and this probably goes against what most people will say) - be careful of the books - even Having Twins which seems to be the most recommended book around. I found that they all had quite a bit of scare tactics in them and for me it was really, really important to view my pregnancy as healthy - not high risk or dangerous - and normal - not abnormal. So I did pick up that book and allowed myself to skip parts that seemed too negative or scary (although I did educate myself of risks - I just didn't dwell on them, kwim?), and I also got the other book - the one by Barbara Luke - that everyone loves for nutritional info. I hated it and returned it promptly. It had *some* decent stuff but overall I found it to be full of fear and untrusting of the natural process. But that's just me. Everyone else seems to think it's great. Good luck, mama! You're gonna do great
I totally agee with that. I skipped several chapters in Having Twins. I never read chapters on dealing with the NICU or preemie twins. I browsed through Barbara Luke's book and it made me sick so I never bought it. The best advice I received was right here in this forum. Any advice give by mamas going to 40 weeks and/or birthing at home I read over and over.

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I would recommend the diet in Barbara Luke's book. I believe it got me to 33w5d without any bedrest. Be especially careful of the pre-e, though. That's what brought me down early.

We got the Graco Safe Seats for infant car seats and a great stroller called a triple decker. We also got a Quest because I couldn't get all the carseats into our sedan. If you have any triplet specific questions, feel free to PM or email me.

Gotta go-baby's crying!

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Congratulations! I'm the mama of a singleton, but auntie to twins so I pop over here once in awhile.

I saw you mention about the carseats & wanted to pass on some info...my sil belongs to her local (Virginia) Mothers of Multiples group. She doesn't go much since she's back at work & they tend to be quite mainstream, but they have fabulous 'yard sale' 2x/year. It may be a good source for some of your supplies like the carseats or some clothes. Just thought I'd pass on the info.
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I won't buy used carseats, but I am totally going thrift shopping and yard saleing for almost everything else!
We plan to get two twin strollers since my 2 year old will want to ride as well and I don't want a huge clunker quad stroller. I can't believe I'm going to have 4 children under 3. :

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how long did it take you on clomid and what dose. My doctor is talking about putting me on clomid. and i'm just worried that it wont work.
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PM me and I'll give you details.

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I totally agee with that. I skipped several chapters in Having Twins. I never read chapters on dealing with the NICU or preemie twins. I browsed through Barbara Luke's book and it made me sick so I never bought it. The best advice I received was right here in this forum. Any advice give by mamas going to 40 weeks and/or birthing at home I read over and over.
I never thought I would have a hospital birth let alone a baby that needed the NICU. But thank god I did read those chapters. It really helped my decision making as far as what is normal and what I can refuse etc. My nursing/pumping experience was so much better by knowing what to expect from my tiny little babes. They could not nurse so I pumped every 2-3 hours, even begrudgingly setting a horrid alarm just to make sure I got up to do so. I had a room right next to the NICU that I lived in for 2 weeks.

Please don't ignore those chapters just because you are not planning to need them. Nobody plans on having a preterm/sick baby. In moments surrounding the birth you might not be as confident about your wants if you are not educated about the NICU etc.

You can still be confident and kave good vibes and all that stuf while still being educated.

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Congrats again dear Kathryn! Welcome to the multiples board Let me know if I can be of any emotional support for you. You should have my number if you ever want to call me.

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I won't buy used carseats, but I am totally going thrift shopping and yard saleing for almost everything else!
We plan to get two twin strollers since my 2 year old will want to ride as well and I don't want a huge clunker quad stroller. I can't believe I'm going to have 4 children under 3. :
oops - the used car seat thing slipped my mind . My sil is quite mainstream so she's has got strollers, bouncy seats & those round saucer toy things & some other stuff like that (that mdc'ers are less likely to use) & I know she has said things about car seats there.

A few years ago, a friends wife had two sets of twins within 2.5 years (no fertility treatments, everyone always asks) & I know she wrote to a few companies & got some donations. I do remember osh kosh gave her a ton of clothes so I'm always willing to buy their clothes over other brands.
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I didn't mean that no one should read those chapters. I just knew that in order for me to stay positive I needed to avoid those types of things. That was just what I felt personally, but I didn't mean to imply they were wrong to read.

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I already congratulated you over in TAO, but with your multiple blessings you deserve multiple congrats!

This forum is awesome, I am sure you will love it. The mamas here have been super nice and more than willing to offer help and support whenever needed.

Good luck mama!
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I didn't mean that no one should read those chapters. I just knew that in order for me to stay positive I needed to avoid those types of things. That was just what I felt personally, but I didn't mean to imply they were wrong to read.
Oh, nancymom, I know. I just wanted to share how it ended up helping me.

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Congrats! I went to 37.2 weeks with my twins and they never had to be in the NICU. I have a friend who had triplets and went to 35 weeks and they didn't need the NICU either. I dont' think she did anything super special, she's just a supermom when it comes to pregnancy. I agree, no one plans for a pre-term baby but most triplets are pre-term, even 35 weekers are pre-term. I did have bedrest and pre-term labor with my twins, but I managed it with breathine and made it until the end.

As far as strollers go, I'd personally get a quad stroller if you want to try to get out on your own, or at least a triple since 2 yo's can walk and infants put in a sling. I had a 2 yo and we had a triple stroller. We mostly used it for walks in the neighborhood (it was the huge Peg) but it was awesome for that.

I also ate the high protein diet. You eat a low of very densely nutritious foods like greens and such, and a ton of protein per day. I really attribute how well my pregnancy went to that diet. It's the Brewer diet, I just googled it. Here's a link:

http://parenting.ivillage.com/pregna...,,43m3,00.html
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I won't ever get out on my own. I rarely do with my daughter because I don't do good in heat and I have to eat too often.

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Here's a 20 week belly pic of me.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y26...5/100_2974.jpg

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Congratulations Kathryn, and that's a lovely belly
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Beautiful belly! Makes me want to be pg again!

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Yay Kathryn!

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Congrats! You will be a busy lady!

If you check with your local multiples group alot of them have giant "yard sales" twice a year. It can be a great resoarce from other moms.

I have a friend who took clomid and got identical twins the first round and triplets the second round. SMall world eh?
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What a beautiful belly shot.

I wish I would have gotten some belly shots at the end but I thought I would've had more time.

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