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Rare triplet surprise for B.C. couple

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SALMON ARM, B.C.—A B.C. couple who’ve waited years to become parents are expecting three babies at once—identical triplets which doctors say come along only once-in-50 million births.

For Mahalia Meeuwsen and her husband, Mike, just having one baby seemed like a miracle.

Meeuwsen, 42, is 30 weeks’ pregnant with identical triplet girls—conceived naturally without the use of fertility treatments.

“To look on the ultrasound and see the three of them growing, to see their hearts beating, it is simply amazing,” the mom-to-be said.

“And to know how rare this is, it’s staggering.”

Meeuwsen said all the babies appear healthy.

“There are so many complications and so many worries and yet, every appointment we’ve heard nothing but good news, so my plan is to just try and stay calm and each day they grow a little bit more,” she remarked.

Meeuwsen was admitted to hospital for bed rest yesterday morning.

Doctors are hoping the triplets will continue to grow in their mother’s womb until a C-section on Nov. 16, when they will be at 34 weeks’ gestation.

A normal singleton pregnancy is around 40 weeks.

The couple from Salmon Arm married in 2005 with hopes of becoming parents. By 2011, they still were waiting and visited a fertility clinic to try and discover the cause of the infertility.

“They really found nothing,” Meeuwsen said. “It was simply termed unexplained infertility.

“We looked at options like in-vitro but we decided not to go that route,” she added.

Then in April, Meeuwsen was experiencing some unusual symptoms she chalked up to early menopause—until a call from her doctor’s office confirmed she was pregnant.

“I thought I was too old so it was pretty shocking,” she admitted.

Then an ultrasound revealed what medical staff thought was twins.

Two weeks later, the shock multiplied.

“I had another ultrasound and the tech goes, ‘There’s a heartbeat here and here and here.’ And I thought he was joking,” Meeuwsen said.

“But, he showed me—and there they all were. I was dizzy.”

When they brought her husband in for the news, they propped him up between the bed and the wall.

“They figured he’d need something to lean on,” Meeuwsen laughed.

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