Glamorous mum gives birth to triplets after blaming morning sickness on Disneyland rides
A glamorous mum has given birth to triplets after blaming her morning sickness on Disneyland rides.
Kate Smith, 34, from Liverpool, was enjoying a family holiday in Disneyland, Florida, last April when she started to feel nauseous – something she first blamed on overdoing fast roller-coasters.
But when her sickness persisted, she decided to take a pregnancy test and was thrilled when the result showed positive.
Once back from their holiday, Kate and husband, Gerard, 34, decided to book an early scan at eight weeks after crippling pregnancy symptoms left the couple worried.
Kate felt completely different compared to her previous pregnancies with Louie, 10, and Tia, two – she was exhausted, suffered excruciating headaches and her entire body ached.
Stunned midwives discovered she was in fact pregnant with triplets, which explained why Kate felt so unwell.
She gave birth to three healthy babies on February 12, after carrying them for over 31 weeks – naming them, Dolly, who weighed 3lb 14oz, Annie, who weighed, 4lbs 3, and Gerard, who weighed 3lbs 13.
After just three weeks in hospital they were allowed home and now they have all doubled in weight.
Kate, a beauty salon owner, said: “I went on every roller-coaster possible in Disneyland and when I started to feel sick, I just assumed I’d gone on one too many fast rides.
“It wasn’t until the sickness refused to budge that Gerard urged I got a pregnancy test.
“We were thrilled when we realised I was actually pregnant, we had always wanted more children together.
“But when we returned from our holiday I started to feel really unwell, unlike my pregnancies with Louie and Tia, I was completely knocked off my feet and couldn’t work.
“I had a constant migraine and I was exhausted, I knew something wasn’t right and I was terrified I might have been having a miscarriage.
“So I booked an early scan at eight weeks and we got the biggest shock of our lives, there was four babies in there.
“Both myself and Gerard started laughing at first but then the reality set in and I started crying.
“We were both self-employed and we had no idea how we would cope, then at our 12 week scan we were told one baby had died, something nurses explained was fairly common.
“And from that moment we realised how precious they were, we were devastated to have lost one and now we were having triplets there was nothing we wanted more than them all to survive.
“My stomach grew three times as fast and I looked eight months pregnant when I was only five months gone.
“I ached all over as the strain of three babies took its toll on my body but I knew it would be worthwhile.
“Annie, Dolly and Gerard were born on February 12 after I had an elected caesarean.
“I couldn’t believe it when they were actually born, they were in hospital for three weeks before we could take them home.
“Dolly needed a small operation on her abdomen as she had a small cyst but apart from that everything went so well.
“They are adorable, Tia and Louie love their new baby sisters and brother, we recently had a photoshoot and they all look gorgeous.”
Kate was scanned every two weeks to ensure her triplets were all healthy and because her stomach was so restricted by the three babies, she struggled to eat her normal diet.
She added: “I didn’t get any real cravings in my pregnancy but I had so much acid reflux and my stomach felt crushed that I didn’t actually eat that much.
“By the time I was 31 weeks and 5 days, I looked as though I could’ve exploded, my stomach was enormous.”
Since bringing the triplets home, Kate and Gerard have followed a strict routine to ensure they are fed, changed and nap at the same time.
Kate said: “Every four hours we feed and change the babies, it’s like clockwork and part of everyday life now.
“I do about three washing loads a day as the babies are constantly being changed.
“They all lie next to each other in one big crib as we find it helps comfort them but once they fall asleep we separate them to avoid one from rolling on top of the other.
“Even though our lives are hectic with two young children and three new-borns, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
“Me and Gerard have coped and I hope other couples who find themselves having more than one baby at once read our story and realise they’ll be fine.
“We feel so lucky to have triplets that are not only healthy but so well behaved as well.”
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