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how come some preemies do well and some are really sick or die, even if triplets or quads?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
It depends...: ...On how premature the baby is. A premature baby is not ready to be born yet, and there are often organ systems (most commonly the lungs) that are not yet sufficiently developed. Triplets and quads are almost always born prematurely, so they are usually at higher risk. There is an entire medical specialty (neonatology) devoted to caring for preemies, so many more of them do well than in the past.

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Will I have enough milk to feed my triplets?

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Do people die from cfs?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Probably not: Unlike many other physicians, i believe that chronic fatigue syndrome is real, and an immune disturbance due to some unknown virus or viruses. However, if people were dying of it, we'd almost certainly recognize some characteristic lesion. If you have cfs, good luck -- it generally remits after a while, and low-dose antidepressants and/or simply practicing new life skills seems to help some.
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Pathology 44 years experience
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Thanks Dr. Brown. I am impressed with your own contributions, and would be interested in your own special insights into this baffling and troublesome ilness.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

How much weight must I gain if i'm carrying triplets?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
The more the better.: Extrapolating from studies in twins that show that increased maternal gestational weight gain is associated with improved fetal/neonatal outcomes, i would say that there is no upper limit to weight gain with triplets. Just monitor your health closely with your maternal-fetal medicine specialist to assure you do not have diabetes mellitus and/or hypertension. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily!

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