What you need to know about the pregnancy of triplets

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Pregnancy is the most exciting and full of changes you can experience. Thousands of sensations come to light, among them, fear and illusion. These increase even more if you discover that you are pregnant with triplets. However, it is not a reason to worry, you just have to take into account the following recommendations.

If it is already an incredible news to have a baby, imagine having three! With a pregnancy of triplets, the emotions felt by the mother intensify. The gestation of several embryos does not have to be an alarming process. Although at first you may be frightened to discover that you are pregnant with triplets, the joy of having several babies at home is indescribable.

During pregnancy, risks and complications are always present. Thus, things increase when there is more than one embryo in the uterus. It is important to see a doctor regularly, as a triplet pregnancy can cause some problems.

Causes of pregnancy of triplets

Genetics is a determining factor in the pregnancy of triplets. If multiple pregnancies have occurred in the father’s or mother’s family, it is more common for them to reoccur. If so, you have the advantage that you can turn to people who guide and understand you throughout this experience.

Likewise, those women who have undergone fertility treatments are more likely to have a multiple pregnancy. For example, artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization are alternatives that often surprise many for their incredible results.

A multiple pregnancy means having more than one baby in the womb. If you have a high-order pregnancy, it means you are pregnant with three or more babies. Multiple pregnancy happens when a man’s sperm fertilizes more than one egg. It also occurs when an egg is fertilized and then divided into two or more embryos.

What are the cares during a pregnancy of triplets?

If you are waiting for more than one baby, you should visit your obstetrician gynecologist more regularly. Minimum, twice a month during the first three months of pregnancy, and once a week during the third trimester.

The closer you are to the date of delivery, the more frequent checkupsand medical exams will be. This is done in order to determine if there is a risk of premature delivery. If so, probably the doctor recommends absolute rest. Ultimately, you can prescribe a treatment with medications that delay the time of delivery.

Although the pregnant woman does not show any symptoms of premature birth, it is common for the specialist to recommend a reduction in activities between the 20th and 30th weeks of pregnancy.

Similarly, control the blood pressure of the mother to rule out the presence of preeclampsia. And, through ultrasound or ultrasound, you will be aware of the growth rate of the babies, as well as the heart rate of the fetuses as they move.

The mother’s diet

In triplet pregnancies, feeding is vital for the proper development of babies. Not only should you be aware of what you eat, but also the amount of food you eat. Take into account that the weight gain of a pregnant woman of three babies is greater than in a pregnant mother of only one.

Multiple pregnancies require special care in all areas, especially in food. By having more than one fetus, your body needs an extra calorie.

In the first control you have with your doctor, you will weigh and measure to know what your Body Mass Index (BMI) is. In this way, you can calculate the amount of kilos you should increase in pregnancy. This calculation varies when you find out that you have a triplet pregnancy.

Inside you will carry the weight of three babies. In addition, the weight corresponding to extra placentas and their respective amniotic fluid. For example, if a woman with a normal BMI, between 19.5 and 26, should gain between 11 and 15 kilos, a woman with the same BMI, and a multiple pregnancy, should increase between 16 and 23 kilos. 

Remember that your body requires an extra supply of calories for your babies to grow up healthy. In addition, you need enough energy to carry out your daily activities.

There is no strict rule about energy and calorie needs for multiple pregnancies. But, food must be rich in nutrients in vitamins and minerals.  The ideal is to consume around 300 calories more per day than a pregnant woman with only one baby. That is, between 2800 and 3000 calories a day.

What are the cares during a pregnancy of triplets?

Physical activity

Multiple pregnancies are considered high risk. However, this does not mean that a woman with a triplet pregnancy should become a sedentary person. On the contrary, if you are in good health, you can perform certain physical activities. But, always under the supervision of your treating doctor.

  • Normally, in the first trimester the doctors allow to continue practicing sports to those women who already did it before leaving in state.
  • In the second, they recommend lowering the intensity of the exercise.
  • Around the 28th week of pregnancy, they advise to abandon physical activity, since the size of the uterus implies a great load for the spine.

Medical care

If you have a triplet pregnancy, you are required to attend more appointments prior to delivery. In some cases, they can be twice as much as in a single-baby pregnancy. Similarly, there is much more medical intervention during childbirth.

Triplets require many more checks and ultrasounds. It is essential to maintain strict control of the health of babies. Especially the growth and maturation of their organs.

If you have had complications in previous pregnancies, your doctor probably refers you to a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine. They are trained to care for risky pregnancies. However, you should not be alarmed. This does not mean that you are going through a high-risk pregnancy, but it is always better to prevent any eventuality.

Risks of having a triplet pregnancy

Women with multiple pregnancies have a higher risk of suffering some complication. Therefore, it is very important to follow the recommendations of the doctor to care for your triplet pregnancy. The most common risks in this type of pregnancy are:

  • Hypertension throughout pregnancy.
  • Risk of gestational diabetes.
  • Increased risk of infant death.
  • Possibility of excessive bleeding in childbirth.
  • Cervical incompetence.
  • Possibility of needing a cesarean section.
  • Delayed labor.
  • Premature rupture of membranes.


The news of a pregnancy of triplets can cause mixed feelings. However, once you have your three little ones in your arms, you will not feel anything beyond that much joy and excitement. Although a multiple pregnancy does not have to be problematic, it must be borne in mind that it is a high risk.

Do not get overwhelmed by the health of your babies. If you follow your doctor’s recommendations to the letter, there’s no reason to worry. Also, this will prevent your little ones from being premature and going through neonatology.

Remember that food is the key to its development. Therefore, you must consume the amount of calories indicated by your trusted doctor. Also, you will have to carry the extra weight of two babies. You will have to keep to the minimum the effort and physical activity that may involve a risk for you and the fetuses.

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