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Yes: Triplets may represent twins and a singleton or three separate fetuses. Conjoined multiple births have been describe, but usually the conjoined fetuses are monozygotic (identical twins) with other singleton fetuses that in toto make up multiple fetuses in a given gestation. See bernirscke, k. The placenta, springer 2006. ...Read more
Family, friends, SW.: In that order of preference, i would turn to family, friends, neighbors and the social network in your area. There are no special secrets, other than triple the need for patience, triple the expenses and triple the joy! ...Read more
A long as possible: Generally with multiple births pre-term labor is a real possibility so your peri-natologist will monitor your babies and check your cervix for early dilation. You will be allowed to 'carry' the babies as long as possible as long as your health is good (e.g. No pre-eclampsia etc..) and the babies are growing normally (on ultrasounds). Congrats on the 'three-some'! ...Read more
Multiple births: The chances of having twins, triplets or other multiples without the assistance of fertility treatments or procedures like invitro fertilization, are: Fraternal Twins – 1 in 80 births Identical Twins – 1 in 285 Triplets – 1 in 8100 You may be able to improve your chances with in vitro fertilization. ...Read more
Yes-but-: This can be done-but one must ask oneself why? How arbitrary can this be and how fair is this to the other two? ...Read more
Its 32nd week of triplets, if the childs are taken off for any causes, are they ready for their survival? Is there any complicated situation for both?
Worrisome : At 32 weeks there is > 50% risk that all would need breathing support and special nursery care for many weeks. If these are available, survival rate at or 32 weeks is pretty good. There are a variety of complications that can occur within a nicu setting, so the process is a long one. ...Read more
Yes, but...: Don't feel guilty if you feel like you can't keep up with breastfeeding triplets. Usually, the more breastfeeding you do, the more milk the breasts will produce. However, given how often newborns need to breastfeed, I am not sure you will find time to sleep...Or do anything else for that matter! breastfeed as often as you are comfortable for your 3 babies, but don't feel bad to supplement! :-). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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! ...Read more
C/S delivery/premi's: Few sets of triplets get past 36 weeks and essentially all are delivered c section. Beyond that, all the problems related to premature birth, premi lung disease, low blood sugar, etc. All should pre-plan delivery and have a plan for neonatal care should some or all of the problems arise. ...Read more
Hard balance: This is hard for the doctors to balance out. They prefer to wait until the babies lungs are as mature as possible. But on the other hand, it's quite possible that you'll go into labor sooner. There may be other reasons why the doctors may want you to deliver sooner too. But ideally, we prefer them to be 37 weeks whenever possible. Anytime after 34 weeks in reasonable. ...Read more
Had a M/C in Oct 13 with singleton and then a spontaneous identical triplet M/C is Jan 14. Are my chances for multiples higher if I TTC again?
Multiple pregnancy: It depends on whether your are using in vitro fertilization (IVF) type methods of conception, and more than one fertilized embryo is placed in your womb. With placement of more than one fertilized egg in your womb, it is likely that multiple pregnancy will occur. If not, it is extremeley rare to have triplets with "natural" attempts at pregnancy, and multiples are much less likely. ...Read more