LAURA Sarubin is no ordinary first-time mum.
The mother of two-year-old triplets – who were born prematurely at 32 weeks – is raising money for the Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF) by taking part in the HBF Run for a Reason.
The East Fremantle resident said that at eight weeks she found out that her first pregnancy was considered high risk.
“During our first ultrasound we found that the two identical twins didn’t have a dividing membrane – it was a lot to take in,” she said.
“I was referred to an obstetrician at King Edward Memorial Hospital, and during a 16-week scan we found out that the twins were developing a twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.
“At 30 weeks I found out I was suffering from pre-eclampsia and at 32 weeks it had progressed so that I had a c-section.
“They were in hospital for seven weeks, they spent time in neonatal intensive care and a special care nursery both at King Edward but then we were transferred to Fiona Stanley.
“They are all happy and healthy now, we feel really lucky that they are keeping us on our toes.”
Mrs Sarubin said she decided to enter the fun run after she started walking with her triplets.
“When I first came home I was still recovering and walking was a really great way for me to clear my head,” she said.
“I had always enjoyed exercise and I know how important it is for my health to stay fit so I have the energy levels to keep up with my kids.
“I am on track for the run as I run four to five kilometres three to four times a week.
“The WIRF is so important as the impact of prematurity doesn’t just end when the babies come home and the research gives many families like us the best start to life.”
To donate to her cause head to https://hbfrun2018.everydayhero.com/au/laura-sarubin