Janet Mbugua’s sister-in-law speaks on the painful loss of her triplets

I believe I went through all this to help someone, to tell someone that you can’t give up - Tabitha.

At first, she was hesitant about opening up about this part of her life to the world but she believes that her story will help someone.

“I was afraid to disclose this part of my life, until I realized, being brave didn’t mean I wasn’t afraid but that it is my only option. I believe I went through all this to help someone, to tell someone that you can’t give up. If I am still alive and you are, God hasn’t given up on us,” she wrote in her blog Style by Tabby.

Difficult 3 months

Tabitha went on to disclose that the last 3 months have been difficult for her after losing her triplets. A few months ago, Tabby went to the gynaecologist's office to see her baby’s scan for the first time after falling pregnant only for the doctor to tell her that they could see the baby’s sac but no heartbeat.

Upon further scanning, she learnt that she was expecting triplets but unfortunately, no heartbeats were spotted.

“The doctor spotted the sac, (1 only) but not a heartbeat so he asked that we go for a 3D scan so that we have a better view of what was going on in my womb. We did, only this time 3 sacs were seen. What? I was having triplets, but no heartbeats were spotted. ‘What does that mean?’ I asked the radiologist. She mentioned, ‘I’m sorry you seem to have blighted ovum’s and your doctor should explain more.’ We went back to the doctor and he explained that there wasn’t a known cause for blighted ovum’s but that he needed to book me in for a D and C to avoid getting my uterus infected,” She wrote.

A blighted ovum also known as anembryonic pregnancy happens when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall, but the embryo does not develop according to americanpregnancy.org. It usually happens in the first trimester.


The news meant that she would miscarry and start bleeding so she had to be booked in for a procedure called the D&C (dilation and curettage,) which is basically opening the cervix and removing the contents of the uterus.

On Mother’s Day this year, she was rushed to hospital for an emergency procedure and unfortunately her doctor was not in so another doctor performed the procedure but unfortunately did not it properly. A situation that led to another D&C by her gynaecologist which fortunately went well.


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