Delivering Triplets via C Section

delivering triplets via c section

A C-section delivery is a surgical procedure in which a baby is born through a cut (incision) in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. C- section is often performed when a vaginal delivery is not possible or when it is considered safer for the mother or baby / babies. Although c-sections are a routine surgery and considered very safe, they are major surgery and can be painful during recovery. If you are expecting three babies (how exciting!), you should probably prepare yourself mentally for the fact that you may well be delivering triplets via C section.

A C-section delivery for triplets is performed in an effort to ensure the safety of all three babies. The trio of infants are typically delivered within minutes of each other, and then often placed in an incubator to ensure their well-being. Triplets are more often than not born prematurely and therefore may have low bodyweight and need assistance regulating their body temperature. In some cases, one or more of the infants may need to be transferred to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for further care. This could involve the use of specialist equipment to assist with breathing.

Despite the challenges associated with delivering triplets via c section, it is an incredibly rewarding experience for parents and loved ones alike. Watching these tiny new lives take their first breaths is a moment that will be remembered forever.

Can triplets be born without C Section?

Triplets can be born without a c-section, but the risk for complications is high. There is a one in four chance that the triplets will be born premature, and there is also a high risk for hemorrhaging and other complications. In most cases, triplets are born via c-section.

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What is full term for triplets?

Pregnancy duration for triplets is considered full term at 37 weeks. However, a triplet pregnancy usually doesn’t last much longer than 35 weeks. The lack of room in the uterus can trigger early labor, or there may be a concern with the health of any one of the babies or the mother that may prompt doctors to decide that earlier delivery is the safest option. This is about 5 weeks shorter than a singleton pregnancy, but most triplets are born healthy and without any problems.

The earliest a triplet pregnancy can be safely delivered is at 24 weeks, although the wonder of medical technology is starting to see the 23 week mark as possible, though with large risks of associated complications. After around 32 weeks gestation, the risk of complications for both the mother and the babies is significantly reduced.

When triplets are born prematurely, their chances for survival are lower, the earlier they are born. Premature delivery also increases the risk of lifelong health issues, but with advances in medical technology and care, more and more premature triplets are not only surviving, but thriving.

Is C Section very painful?

No two vaginal deliveries are the same, so it’s hard to compare levels of dicomfort between the two birthing methods. An uncomplicated vaginal birth with a short labor period is very different to a protracted labor followed by a complicated delivery involving episiotomy. Most of the time, a C Section is performed with an epidural, so localised pain is not felt during the birthing process, but post-surgical pain will be experienced afterwards. In the case of an emergency C Section, sometimes there isn’t time to administer an epidural, so the mother will be placed under general anesthesia. It’s important to discuss pain management with your doctor to ensure your pain is managed, whilst also ensuring the safety of your babies if you are expressing breastmilk.

While C section is a significant surgery, cutting through several layers of tissue, many women seem to soldier on famously, seemingly unhindered by pain as the excitement and chaos of new motherhood sweeps in. In the case of giving birth to triplets, there is so much going on around that it’s easy to be distracted from post-operative pain. The main complaints from women recivering from C Section revolve around trying to sit up, twist and carry their babies. the incision to your abdominal wall understandably affects your strength and stability, so it’s important to follow medical advice closely to ensure the best recovery outcome. Driving is usually off the cards for around 6 weeks.

There are several things that you can do to help manage the pain after a c-section. Some of the most effective strategies include using ice packs or heating pads (whatever you find gives more relief), taking pain medication as prescribed, and getting adequate rest. It’s also important to stay hydrated, as passing bowel movements can be uncomfortable post surgery and pain relief medications can sometimes make stools difficult to pass. It is also important to take care of yourself emotionally and mentally by accepting help from loved ones and seeking support from other mothers who have undergone c-section delivery.

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What are the benefits of a c section when delivering triplets?

There are several benefits of delivering triplets via C Section. One of the most obvious advantages is that it can save the life of the mother and/or babies. Delivery via C Section allows the medical team to more accurately monitor the heart rates of all of your babies, detecting any signs of distress. When there are several tiny humans in your body, there is more risk of awkward positions, which can make vaginal delivery more risky. In some cases, it may be necessary to perform a C Section to prevent damage to the baby’s brain or spinal cord.

C Sections are also often preferred when there is a risk that the baby may be born prematurely. C Sections can help to speed up the delivery process in these cases, which can be important for the health of both the mother and baby. Premmie babies frequently suffer from breathing difficulties initially, so getting them out and into the hands of a specialist neonatal care team as soon as possible is important.. Additionally, C Sections can sometimes be helpful when working around certain medical conditions in pregnant women, such as placenta previa or placental abruption.

How long should you rest after having triplets via C Section?

Resting? After having triplets? Yeah right!
Most doctors will tell you to take it easy for six weeks after giving birth via C Section. This means no strenuous activity, such as running or lifting heavy objects. Most doctors won’t clear you to drive for 6 weeks in case you are required to take evasive action or perform an emergency brake. You’ll probably need about ten days to recover from the surgery itself, but the six-week period is important for making sure your incision heals properly.

However, every woman and every pregnancy is different, so it’s important to listen to your body and your doctor’s instructions after you’ve had a C Section. Try to get plenty of rest and avoid takin on tasks that can easily be handled by someone else. Check with your doctor to find out how long you should rest specifically. If your newborn babies spend some time in hospital before being able to come home with you, try to focus on the extra time that gives you to make a good recovery. Once you have a home with triplet babies in it, there isn’t much opportunity to rest.

Final thoughts…

There are many things to consider when delivering triplets via C Section. The procedure is more complicated and carries more risks than a typical C Section, but everything is more complicated with three babies! However, for mothers carrying triplets, it is often deemed to be the safest option. Whilst it’s important to discuss any personal wishes you have about opting for a vaginal delivery with your medical team, it’s worth preparing yourself for the possibility of C Section if all doesn’t go to plan. When pregnant with their first baby, many women have detailed birthing plans and visions of what they want their child/ren’s birth to be like. The most important thing, above all else though, is your babies arriving safely into this world and that you survive the process to guide them through it.

My review of the ZoeBaby Trio Stroller

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If there’s one thing you need to know about parenting multiples, it’s that this exciting journey is full of surprises. There are a lot of twists and turns – the only way to make sure you are prepared is to be flexible and adaptive. This leads me to why I’m sharing this triple stroller review, because I fell in love with the flexibility and adaptiveness of this pram. I hope you get some value from this very candid feedback. I can’t stress enough how much hearing the opinions of other parents has helped me make informed decisions throughout my parenting journey. Okay! On with my ZoeBaby Trio stroller review…

In January, I was pushing my single toddler around and by June, my husband and I were shopping for twins who were well on their way. Life was about to get busy! Yes, it was an unplanned surprise, but we were thrilled about the sudden addition of two more children to our household. With a pair and a spare, I was desperate and needed a stroller that was light, easy to use and could change with the needs of my growing family. That’s how I found the ZoeBaby Trio+ stroller.

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ZoeBaby Triple Stroller Review – everything you need to know:

Officially titled ZoeBaby The Trio+, this stroller is one the best strollers for triplets or three young kids under 5. It consists of the Zoe Twin+ (a double stroller) that can be converted into a triple stroller by attaching the Trio+ Add-on seat. That’s how you get a simple conversion to the the Trio+. It’s simple and genius!

This side-by-side stroller comes in two models: Classic and Luxe. The Luxe model is fancier, with leatherette handles and ball-bearing wheels, and will set you back approximately $100 more than the Classic model. The ZoeBaby triple stroller stroller was designed to be flexible and adaptive for parents with multiple kids or growing families.

When an older child outgrows the stroller, the add-on can be simply removed to turn into a double stroller. In the same way, if you have another child on the way, it can be easily converted into a quad stroller – I’ll elaborate on the quad stroller feature in another post!

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions that will hopefully make my ZoeBaby Triple Stroller Review as helpful as possible: 

Does The ZoeBaby Trio Stroller Fit Through A Standard Door?

Most standard doors in the US vary between 32 inches and 36 inches. Even though the Zoe Baby Trio+ is a side-by-side stroller, it is 29 inches wide and easily passes through a standard door. This makes it great for travel in compact spaces as well as smaller grocery stores and cafes and even on the subway.

 How Do You Fit The ZoeBaby Triple Stroller Into The Car?

The ZoeBaby Triple Stroller quickly folds into a compact carry-on. This is done by detaching the add-on from the Twin+ and then simply pulling the seat strap on each to make the stroller collapse. The result is that you have two strollers folded that measure 7 x 26.25 x 29 inches and can be easily squeezed into the trunk of your car. It’s also Disney-approved and can be gate-checked at airports, making it perfect for road trips as well as your summer vacation to Disneyland.  (If you weren’t aware, Disneyland have some pretty strict rules around strollers / kid wagons.)

How Much Does The ZoeBaby Trio Weigh?

The ZoeBaby Triple Stroller weighs 30 lbs. The ZoeBaby Twin+ alone weighs 19 pounds, with the remainder of the weight coming from the add-on seat.

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What Is The Maximum Weight Capacity Of The Zoebaby Trio+?

The maximum weight capacity of the ZoeBaby Triple Stroller is 45 lbs per seat. This should mean you’ll easily be using it until your child/children reach the age of five or so years.

Do The Seats Recline Individually On The ZoeBaby Trio Stroller?

The seats of the ZoeBaby Triple Stroller recline around 165 degrees. This means the babies can be put down for a nap where they’ll be reclining or leaning but won’t be flat on their backs. While the recline is perfect for the passengers at the back, the front add-on seat recline is often met with resistance from the back.

In our case, one of the twins wasn’t too keen on the front seat recline because she felt it invaded her personal space. (She’ll definitely have tons of fun flying coach in the future.) The result was that she kept kicking her brother’s seat, so we had to move her to the front when we wanted to put him down for a nap. 

What Age Is The ZoeBaby Triple Stroller Suitable For?

The ZoeBaby Triple Stroller can be used for infants older than 3 months up to 4-5 years of age. The maximum weight limit per seat is 45 lbs.

It is important to note that, unlike the Peg Preggo, the ZoeBaby Triple Stroller cannot be used for infants or with car seats which is a drawback.

Current Availability/Where To Buy, Worldwide? Etc

The ZoeBaby Triple Stroller is available on ZoeBaby.com. The Trio+ can be purchased together, or if you already own a ZoeBaby Twin+, you can order the Trio+ Add-on seat, which can be attached to make the Trio+.

ZoeBaby.com currently only ships to the US.