Mom Share The ‘Magical’ Moment She Got Triplets Pregnancy
When Silje Andersen-Cooke walked into the dating scan for her second pregnancy, she never could have imagined what was about to unfold.
Silje Andersen-Cooke and her partner Jordan, already parents to son Mads, then 18 months, were feeling confident about this pregnancy. Thinking that, second-time-around, they knew what to expect. Except, that is, being told there was not one, not two, but three tiny heartbeats.
The ultrasound technician, who had never scanned triplets before. “She asked us how we conceived, was it IVF or spontaneously? It was such a strange question with me. I was completely sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ and had to see them all again.” Silje said
The triplets were trichorionic-triamniotic, meaning each baby had their own placenta and amniotic sac. And though the pregnancy was as straightforward as it could be with triplets – which are always considered high ʀɪsᴋ, it was physically taxing.
“I was so much bigger, quicker. By 24 weeks I looked full term and everything was stretching quickly. I had ᴘᴇʟᴠɪᴄ ɢɪʀᴅʟᴇ ᴘᴀɪɴ early on and lots of Braxton Hicks contraction and ᴘᴜᴘᴘᴘ ʀᴀsʜ on my tummy which was so ɪᴛᴄʜʏ,” Silje explained.
At 30 weeks Silje finished up work and, due to the ʀɪsᴋ of premature labour, tried to rest as much as possible with a toddler in tow. Fortnightly appointments and scans with the multiples clinic at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital ensured the babies growth remained on track, but even with things going well Silje knew she may have to deliver at any point. At 34 weeks, she asked if they could consider delivering. Given she was close to the 36 week mark – the general maximum gestation for triplets. Silje was put on the ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ list for when the triplets would be 34 weeks, five days.
The delivery went smoothly, with each triplet born two minutes apart. First Ada, then Teddy, then Erik. Each was an impressive weight for triplets, too, with Ada weighing 1.8kg and the boys 2.1kg and 2.3kg. After that they were taken straight to the NICU.
In the interim the babies had been settled into the nursery and Jordan had set up cameras that allowed the pair to watch them via an app. He’d also taken countless photos and videos to show her.
“He went to a lot of effort to make me feel like I was seeing them and knowing what was going on as well,” Silje said
After a few days in hospital, once Silje was deemed to be recovering well from the sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ, the couple were discharged, however the babies spent 19 days in the NICU.