An Australian woman has finally welcomed triplets at the age of 45 after battling infertility for six years. Although the delivery process was thrilling and tortuous, she finally became a mother as she wished.
Leonie Fitzgerald, 47, lives in Brisbane, Queensland, with her husband Peter, 52. After a “long, frustrating and even a little heartbreaking” infertility treatment, Leonie was finally confirmed pregnant in January 2020 after a third attempt at IVF Got triplets .
The couple were shocked when they learned they were pregnant with three children. “We hoped we could have one, but we knew it could be twins because we implanted two embryos. But we never thought it would be triplets,” Leonie said.
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Since then, the expectant mother has gone to great lengths to reduce stress in her life, including quitting her job to start her own business, sleeping more, and walking 30 minutes a day outdoors. Still, her pregnancy wasn’t too smooth.
She explained: “From about week 7 onwards, my morning sickness was so severe that my specialist put me on bed rest for the entire pregnancy. I had a very high risk pregnancy, not only because of my age, but I was also pregnant with multicellularity. I have had four miscarriages before.”
At 32 weeks and 6 days pregnant, Leonie said she had a strange “feeling” after experiencing severe pain around her ribs for several days. To be on the safe side, she decided to visit the hospital the day before her scheduled C-section.
Unexpectedly, she suffered a sudden seizure in the ward and was transferred to the intensive care unit in a coma. When she woke up from a coma a few days later, she found her baby had been born.
The triplets Liliana, Isabella and Charlotte came into the world by emergency caesarean section on August 23, 2020 (seven weeks before their due date), weighing 1.2 each Kilograms, 1.6kg and 1.9kg, were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit after birth.
Leonie woke up and was told her seizures were caused by eclampsia, a “rare and fatal” condition linked to high blood pressure during pregnancy. Moreover, she performed the childbirth operation during the onset of the disease. The child had symptoms of hypoxia when she was first born, and the situation was very critical.
She even felt “a little lost” when she was wheeled from intensive care to the nursery to meet her triplets for the first time because she had no memory of the entire birth process.
“I’m glad we all survived and I’m glad I happened to be in the hospital when I had a seizure,” Leonie said. “At first I saw my three babies in a ‘humidified bed’ in the NICU. There were so many tubes and all kinds of medical equipment attached to it, it was really overwhelming.”
The good news is that Leonie recovered shortly after giving birth and was monitored in the hospital’s cardiology ward for several days; while her triplets were well-attended with them after 34 days of intensive care in the intensive care unit. parents back home.
Now, as the triplets approach their second birthday, their bodies are getting stronger. Peter works as a relationship manager for a company that provides legal aid to people with disabilities, while Leonie is a property investment and wealth planning specialist for her own company, Wealthology Australia, so she has more time at home to care for her children.