Birth Story: Mum from viral triplet belly video gives birth

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Triplets of Copenhagen born

Her incredible pregnant belly was seen around the world in a viral video, and now Maria Jorstad has given birth to the gorgeous little trio she was carrying. And she’s revealing what’s happening to her rather extraordinary tummy.

Little Iben, Agnes, and Filip were born a little over two weeks ago at 35 weeks, and were released from hospital yesterday. “We got to bring our babies home after nine days at the NICU!,” Maria wrote on her Instagram account, Triplets of Copenhagen. “We are on so-called ‘early home stay’, which means that we get visits from a nurse twice a week who weighs the babies and brings the supplies we need for tube feeding. And when the tubes are out, we are officially out as well.”⠀

A video of Maria’s stretched belly was seen by millions of people around the world, all in awe of the human body. Since her babies’ birth the 36-year-old has been sharing pictures of her belly deflating from its triplet size.


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“Day 4 and it has been quite a ride body wise,” she commented. “The first two days I could barely stand up because of extreme pain in the c-section wound, but the nurses made me walk a bit anyway. If I didn’t, it would become even worse, they told me. 😱 In addition to that it has been three days with my bowels constantly twisting and turning like snakes (you won’t believe the sight of it!), causing much pain. And to top it off my milk started coming in already yesterday, and has caused huge and very painful breast engorgement. My nurse actually asked if I have implants! The joke of the day.”


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In her most recent belly pic, Maria says her one-week postpartum belly is quite heavy, as her uterus hasn’t yet shrunk back to size. “Because my belly was so stretched it takes longer than usual. I’m gonna get a belly band/support binder ASAP, because it’s quite annoying and the sagging makes my c-section scar hurts. I’m really impatient to get my body back!”

Triplets of Copehagen week by week


Triplets of Copenhagen babies born

Maria and her husband Anders also have a two-year old son, Mikael. The triplets were naturally conceived when the couple decided to try and give Mikael a little sister or brother. “He got both, and more,” Maria says. “The triplets (two girls and a boy) are fraternal, which means three eggs and three placentas.”

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