A former Olympic trampolinist from Northampton who is pregnant with triplets is determined to give birth to all three of her babies despite being advised to terminate two of them due to ‘massive risks’.
Jaime Halsey, from Beech Avenue, in Abington, was shocked when she found out she was pregnant with not only the one baby she was expecting, but twins as well.
But even though doctors advised terminating the twins because they could cause health risks to her and each other, Jaime said she “wasn’t prepared” to do that.
Jaime told her local paper: “My initial emotional reaction was ‘I can’t do that, I will keep them all and carry on with the pregnancy whatever’.
“Steve was much more logical wanting to know what the risks were to me but collectively we made the decision we would give the three babies the best opportunity we possibly could to come into the world.
“Other people have triplets and I wasn’t prepared to abort two healthy babies just to make life easier.
“As sport has taught us both, all you need is a chance, positivity and the faith of others in your ability to be a success.”
Jaime, who was Team GB’s first female trampolinist at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, married the former London Welsh rugby player in 2009.
The couple began trying for another baby in spring last year after daughter Flo began asking for a sister. When she became pregnant scans revealed she had two monozygotic identical twins and one ‘singleton’ in her womb. Consultants told them twins sharing a placenta are at risk of twin-to-twin syndrome of Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR).
The fact she is expecting three babies makes her pregnancy particularly high-risk and even more rare and complicated. Jaime is now 26 weeks and has been told she will have to deliver the triplets, all believed to be girls, by Caesarean.
The mum, who now coaches and runs a cake business, said: “If this was my first pregnancy I would be terrified, but seeing how ace Flo is makes me confident we can do this.”Now the panic has gone, we can be excited about our big family and noisy house. “I am determined to make this happen. I could not live with myself if I sacrificed two of them – to save one.”