Like most couples, when we decided to start a family, my husband and I pictured ourselves with one healthy baby. When we discovered that we were going to have triplets, and three girls to boot, we were overjoyed but wildly nervous.
Knowing that our girls would be born early made me anxious about their health, and I did everything in my power, with the assistance of our wonderful obstetrician, to ensure that they had the best chance of survival. The girls had a lot to face during the pregnancy with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and pre-eclampsia.
Despite their challenges, they entered the world determined and striving for wellness at 32 weeks weighing 1.3, 1.2 and 1.1kg.
A child’s start to life is so important and thanks to our amazing obstetrician and the research done by the Women and Infants Research Foundation our girls are healthy two-year-olds who are chatting, running and keeping us on our toes.
My journey has inspired me to do the HBF Run for two reasons. Firstly, in our hectic household, running is one of the things that keeps me sane and I want to encourage other mothers to embrace physical activity for the benefit of themselves and their children.
Secondly, I know that we are the lucky ones, and I will be raising funds for the Women and Infants Research Foundation and their quest to save and improve the lives of women and their little miracles.
I will be running the 12km while my husband tackles the 4km with our beautiful daughters! Please help me by giving whatever you can - it means the world to us and countless families.