Judit Agota Minda, 31, from Nᴏʀᴡᴀʏ, was sʜᴏᴄᴋed to find out she was expecting three children with Bᴏʏfriend Glenn, 38, who is now her fiancé.
Advised by doctors to consider losing a pregnancy due to a heart condition she suffers from, Judit decided she couldn’t imagine her life without all three, having grown up sharing an ‘unbreakable’ bond with her triplet sisters.
She gave birth to all three by cesarean section at 34 weeks on January 29 this year – and admits the lack of sleep that comes with giving birth to triplets has caused feelings of depression. But despite the bad days, Judit says she and Glenn wouldn’t have had it ‘any other way’.
In a frank Instagram post shared with 31.1k followers last month, the new mum wrote: ‘We’ve been going through a very difficult time. Soᴍᴇᴛʜing ʜɪᴛ me… mentally. I had days where I couldn’t even stand up because I felt nauseous and sɪᴄᴋ and I ended up not being able to hold my baby because I felt so bad.
‘I had thoughts about me not being wanted in my family and I should just disappear because that would make my dearests’ lives better. Our new sleep routine means that some days we almost do not sleep at all. The babies’ sleep is not yet synchronized and they are up at different times in the nights. Sleep deprivation is real and it can really contribute to the symptoms of depression which is soᴍᴇᴛʜing I have not experienced before.’
Judit became Pʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ in June 2018 – and at week 8, the couple were sᴜʀᴘʀɪsᴇd when the doctor detected three heartBᴇᴀᴛs. Judit said: “They say there is a one in six million chance that a naturally ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇd triplets will go on to give birth to natural triplets. I feel so fortunate to have been able to give my baby the Uɴɪqᴜᴇ childhood I shared with my sisters, even though I feel overwhelmed at the prospect of having to care for three babies.’
Judit suffered from tachycardia, a condition that causes an irregular heartBᴇᴀᴛ, and doctors were concerned about the pressure Cᴀʀʀʏing three children would put on her heart. They suggested reducing the fetus to terminate the weakest child to give them the best chance of survival, but after initial consent, the couple decided it couldn’t be done.
Judit started an Instagram account to document her pregnancy journey, with her posts receiving hundreds of likes from other mothers of triplets. She has spoken openly about her ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ morning sɪᴄᴋness, stretch marks and weak bladder.
Her children – Filip, Amelia and Henrik – were born in January, weighing 4lb 4oz, 3lb 4oz and 3lb 3oz. Judit recalls: ‘When the first time my babies were placed on my chest, I cried with joy. ‘I’ve never felt such a strong surge of love.’
The babies are in intensive care until they are well enough to go home. Now, Judit continues to share Sᴛᴜɴning photos of the family of 5 on her Instagram page, with regular updates and candid confessions. She recently revealed that becoming a mother for the first time to three young children has made her a ‘different person’ – and that they are trying out a new sleep routine.
She wrote: “I feel like that at the age of 31 I have become a grown up, because I had to become a grown up. I have fallen in love, irrevocably, I have become responsible for little creatures who are absolutely dependent on me, for the first time in my life experienced depression, and a certain desire of wanting to be a better version of myself in order to be able to raise self-confident and happy kiddos.’