Dannette Giltz, a mother of two, began to suffer pain in her back and side.
“I started getting pains in my back and in my side felt like kidney stones ‘cuz I’ve had them once before,” she said.
“I just kept pushing on until I was in so much pain all I could do was lay in bed and cry. It hurt to move and even breath.”
The 30-year-old Giltz, from the city of Sturgis, South Dakota, decided to seek urgent medical help and told her husband she would need surgery to break the kidney stones.
But the doctor told her and husband Austin that he did not think the pain was the result of kidney stones and asked for further tests to be carried out.
“Doctor comes back in after doing a urine sample and said “Your pregnant”. Then they did an ultrasound and said there’s possible twins.”
Giltz was taken to a hospital in Spearfish, South Dakota. Another doctor confirmed that she was pregnant with at least two babies and the pain she was experiencing was actually caused by contractions. Giltz was then taken to another facility in Rapid City.
The doctors decided it was advisable to perform a Caesarean section.
The first baby was a boy, followed by a girl. Giltz said she heard the doctor call out that another blanket was needed because a third baby was coming, another girl.
She had triplets and they were born within four minutes of each other.
Giltz told KOTA-TV that her husband, Austin, had a comical reaction to the news that there was a third baby.
“He’s over there, kind of like rocking like, thinking of the names and then she’s like well we need another blanket and his reaction is like ‘excuse me, put it back, no, I was told I have twins, I’m not doing triplets.’ She’s like ‘no, there are three babies in here, there are triplets.’”
The babies were born healthy at 34 weeks gestation.
Blaze was the biggest at 4 pounds, 15 ounces, Nikki weighed 4 pounds, 6 ounces with Gypsy the smallest at 4 pounds, 5 ounces.
The morning after the delivery, Giltz shared a photo of the three babies to Facebook.
“Well, this was a huge shock,” she wrote, adding she never experienced morning sickness or even felt movement in her tummy.