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Extreme Motherhood: The Triplet Diaries Hardcover – Unabridged, 15 May 2006
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'Brilliantly observed, gripping and hilarious.' -- Sunday Express
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The book goes on to repeatedly share statistics and stories of how triplets are likely to die pre birth or in the first week after birth.
I felt continually blind-sighted as I read along, one minute we're on how no clothes fit her the next she's saying how a woman just lost all three at 22 weeks, seemingly out of nowhere in the story and had me in hysterics fearing for my babies' lives.
There are dangers to triplets but by no means did I need this book to keep stuffing them down my throat, instead of support I found repeated writings of how likely they are to not make it. Something no new mother wants to dwell on. If the worst should happen, we will deal with it but do not wish to obsess about something that may or may not occur now.
I did not find this book supportive or informative just filled with dramatic ramblings of a pregnant woman's inner monologue. I already have my own inner monologue to put up with (am I eating enough, exercising enough, or too much, what do I do when they come, how do you begin to breastfeed three etc.) I felt no kinship with the author and found that in trying to explain to non triplet carriers/readers how difficult it is (obviously it's hard it's three babies in one go) she did nothing for me except push a bigger wall up between herself and me going through a similar experience.
I'd hoped to discover experiences of after birth of feeding schedules, things that they tried and failed and items and routines that turned out to be god-sends. Maybe they are featured in later passages but so far it's just all about her pregnancy and the dangers. I found no support in this book, it feels just like listening to a distant friend ramble about how important this thing happening to them is (this dangerous and potentially saddening event) while that same friend has no interest in the fact that you are going through it yourself too.
Some people may like this book but I would warn pregnant woman expecting triplets off it until you are very far along or have already had your children. Otherwise it is likely to just worry you in a 'surprise sledgehammer to the gut' kind of way.
it's one of the rare books i know i'll never get bored of reading, it's also one of the few books i've recommended to everyone i know!
superbly written with brutal honesty how a woman going through such a rollercoaster of emotions can remain so humerous is beyond me. Both Jackie and her husband deserve a medal.