Finding out you're unexpectedly pregnant at 47 years old is usually enough of a shock, but that you're having triplets? Obviously a whole different ball game -- and what one amazing mom in Miami experienced recently.
Without the use of fertility treatments and without trying to get pregnant at all, Sharon Lewis -- who is already mom to a 25-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son -- gave birth to three baby boys on March 18 after an especially rough pregnancy. She developed preeclampsia, high blood pressure, and protein in the urine, and her doctor, Dr. Salih Yasin, decided to deliver the triplets early at 30 weeks.
Thankfully, her little boys are doing just fine. And given the chances of this happening -- up to 1 in 600,000! -- it's clear this was something of a miracle to celebrate.
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Lewis' story is also a reminder of how expectant moms are often surprised by how their pregnancies and/or deliveries turn out. Few of us end up having all of those experiences play out the way we envisioned. And for that reason and others (like stress management!), rolling with it is the best way for any mom to cope.
In the end, most curveballs like Lewis' seem to have happened for a very positive reason -- which makes an even stronger case for embracing and celebrating the unexpected!
What curveballs were you dealt in your pregnancy and labor/delivery? How did you handle them?