Get the best photos, choice stories of the week and captivating features instant to your inbox every Saturday morning in our exclusive Weekend Report newsletter Sign me up! Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid EmailA young mum has shared details of the emotional rollercoaster journey of raising her triplet boys alone in Cornwall - and why she wouldn’t change a single thing. Jessica Elsey, of Polgooth near St Austell, will be the first to tell you that she had absolutely no idea that her life would turn out the way it has. But at just 22 years old, she had the shock of her life when she discovered she was expecting triplets - and that she would be raising them solo. But despite the struggles of being outnumbered by toddlers, the financial difficulties of raising a young family alone and trying to find time for her own dreams, she says she wouldn’t change a thing and wants to encourage other women to support each other. When Jessica first located she was pregnant, she was living in London and the now 26-year-old was really enjoying the life she had carved out for herself. She had a great job in the charity sector which enabled her to travel around the country, she had also been to university and taught and taken part in voluntary work in Zambia for three months. Then, one night, when visiting Cornwall, what was supposed to be a harmless evening of making pancakes, turned into making triplets. “ I rose up in a good village,” she said. “ Growing up I had two married, ambitious parents, a little sister, we had a dog, two cats, guinea pigs, a hamster, a rabbit, and a good house – the lot. “We had a pleasant existence and arrived from a nice area and I really didn’t intend to get pregnant out of the blue like that. ” Within three weeks her pregnancy symptoms were killing her a lot of pain. She attended an emergency appointment and from there she was sent to the early pregnancy unit fearing the worst. “ That was awful. It was a really sticky course and I was posed with my back to the window and there was a chill in the air,” she said. “ I was entrapped by widow losing their babies and I was becoming elder aware as the hours that went by, that most people who are sent there come out with heart-breaking news.” At her first assignment she was explained that, although her pregnancy hormone levels were high, doctors couldn’t find any signs of life. During a second appointment she was told they found twins, but there were no heartbeats. “ It was a really disorganized moment - the doctors were confused, my hormone levels were still too true for it to make sense,” she said. They also asked her if she had pain in her shoulder, a symptom of ectopic pregnancy. “Here I am, stunned that I’m even pregnant, and now I’m grief two babies, that I wasn’t ever expecting to have in the first place, and Googling ‘what happens when you have an ectopic pregnancy? ’. (Image: Jessica Elsey) “I didn’t perceive what to feel, or what I had a right to feel and I was scared about all the probable outcomes.” By the time she was only five weeks pregnant - after multiple tests and hours spent with doctors and nurses - Jessica was told there was not one, not two but three viable pregnancies. In a form of shock, she literally cused/throve at the nurse and burst in to laughter. She couldn’t believe what she was hearing. “ I was so joyful I had the aid of my best friend when I discovered out, who had travelled to London to be there,” she said. “ And I want my response was senior pleasant than it was, but I was already convinced that my two babies hadn’t made it and I was coming to terms with that. ” “ I recall thinking ‘this never happens to people’,” she said. “ One youth is astounding and when people describe me they are pregnant I think it’s amazing. Your head is literally running a child. It’s the most lovely and easy thing.” In the space of a few short weeks Jessica went from a single, career-driven women who didn’t want children to finding out she was pregnant, then being told she might not be, then that she was having twins but they might not have survived and then finally being told she was expecting healthy triplets. “ The complete moment until they were related I just thought they were going to die. I didn’t want to be pregnant at first and I also didn’t think I would ever have children, let alone this,” she said . My little babies and I had already been through so muchDespite the terrifying news, Jessica says having an abortion was never really an option, even during a discussion about foetal reduction (a surgery that lowers the number of foetuses and is offered to everyone with higher order multiples). “ Nobody should feel the need to justify themselves, especially on why they have aborted or reduced a pregnancy – they will have happy excuse and that’s explicit to them,” she said. “ But for me I just couldn’t job out why I, personally, would do it. Of field there were reasons. The doctors told me that it’ll be very expensive to raise them but this just wasn’t enough for me. “My fine childbirth and I had already been through so much. It had already been so emotional. I knew that the three little balls of cells inside me, that were developing each day, had so much potential and I personally don’t have the strength to think ‘what if?’ for my entire life. She added: I had been exalted and I owed them the chance, my childbirth had already given me so plenty strength. Jessica had a tough pregnancy. There was countless hospital admissions, severe morning sickness (hyperemesis), severely low iron levels and signs her babies were coming early at 24 weeks, when they would have no chance of survival outside the womb. She had dual care between London and Cornwall but spent most of the time 300 miles away from her family and continued to work up until the day she went into labour at 34 weeks pregnant. She and the father had also completely parted ways. Her three boys, Arthur, Brodie and Carter - who are now two and a half years old - were welcomed after a long day of labour by emergency C-section in October 2017 and, to the surprise of medical staff, they were really healthy for triplets. (Image: Jessica Elsey) The babies were born in London and after just a couple of hard weeks alone in the neonatal ward, Jessica and her boys travelled back with her mother while they looked for a home. She explains this was the most difficult day of her life. Jessica was feeding all three boys every three hours, which could have been up to 16 hours a day – and they were exclusively breast fed until they were almost a year old. grazing all three would take two hours total, leave her with poor than an hour between feeds. “ It was a large challenge,” she said. “ But it is the best person I have ever done, something I’m immensely haughty of my body for doing.” Getting out in the early days, without a car was also really difficult for them. She said: “
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