When I first started watching This is Us, the very first episode reminded me of a good friend I'd met during my high-risk pregnancy. Not long before I was pregnant, she had been pregnant after fertility treatment. Not with one. Not with twins. But with triplets.
On this episode, she shares her experience of finding out she was pregnant with triplets, how she coped with her high-risk pregnancy and what her NICU journey was like trying to juggle three babies in the hospital.
Having gone through fertility treatment, Jenny shares if she had even wanted multiples or was hoping for one baby at a time
She walks listeners through the moment of when she and her husband found out she was carrying three babies
What she and her husband did when her doctor encouraged them to consider termination and why they chose not to
The thoughts that consumed her mind during the early parts of her pregnancy
How she coped with bleeding during her pregnancy
Jenny shares the biggest scare of her life when one of her babies didn't have a heartbeat on the ultrasound and the shocking moment that happened after
Jenny talks about finding joy in the midst of anxiety and fear
How her concept of her pregnancy and her family changed when they found out the sexes of the babies
Was she prepared for having preterm babies (since the risk of prematurity is very high for triplets)? Yes and no
How she coped with the NICU when her babies were born at 28 weeks
The first emotion she felt when she saw her babies in the NICU for the first time
How her babies (now big kids!) are doing now
It is so essential it is to plan now for the beginning of new parenthood. It will make all the difference!
Resources from the show...
Visit Jenny's website
Deeply personalized support to help you have a healthy high-risk pregnancy (Learn more)
Get your copy of Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy (Read Now)
In a society that is built to tear people down, it is vital to seek and maintain meaningful human connections that grow and change with us over time. (Tweet that!)
About the Guest
Jenny Medlen is a writer, reader and daydreamer living in North Carolina with her husband and 7-year-old triplets. A trained journalist and editor, Jenny finally fell in love with writing when it turned into free therapy while battling infertility. Her experiences with infertility, high-risk pregnancy, preterm labor and birth, breastfeeding and raising triplets provide fuel for her words and work to build new, lasting connections with people walking similar paths.
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