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Doctor insights on: Conjoined Triplets

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Has there ever been a recorded case of conjoined triplets or only ever twins?

Has there ever been a recorded case of conjoined triplets or only ever twins?

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

Dr. Neeraj Gupta
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Where do I turn for help raising triplets?

Where do I turn for help raising triplets?

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

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Having triplets. How late will they let me go?

Having triplets. How late will they let me go?

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

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Having triplets. How do I enlist friends to help?

Having triplets. How do I enlist friends to help?

Ask for it!: Family and friends/neighbors should be in a position to help with triplet care. If not, then seek social work assistance. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having triplets? How common is it?

Triplets: If there is no family history of multiples births (twins or triplets), the odds of having twins is 1 in 100 pregnancies and the odds of having triplets is 1 in 1000 pregnancies. For further details check with OB/GYN doctor. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having triplets naturally? Can you improve your odds?

What are the chances of having triplets naturally? Can you improve your odds?

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

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Do triplets have a higher risk of getting diseases because they were born smaller?

Sure.: All SGA (small) infants have higher risk for infections, as do triplets, compared to singleton and aga infants. ...Read more

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Would it be possible for someone to do selective reduction from triplets to single?

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

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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

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How long will i carry triplets?

How long will i carry triplets?

Nobody can tell: The bigger number of fetuses in multiple pregnancies, the shorter time of gestation they usually undergo. You will deliver prematurely for sure, but how long you would care them, nobody can predict. ...Read more

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How do you do amnio on triplets?

How do you do amnio on triplets?

Three samples.: Sampling each gestational (amniotic) sac is essential in triplet amniocentesis. This can only be reliably done by a few mfm specialists in the country and expert care should be sought. ...Read more

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Will I have enough milk to feed my triplets?

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 more

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

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

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

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How can I manage a schedule after delivering triplets?

How can I manage a schedule after delivering triplets?

Lots of HELP!!: Maintaining a schedule after triplets the first few months is almost impossible without oodles of help from family, friends, or healthcare agency providers. Start enlisting the "support staff" now before delivery. ...Read more

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What are common complications associated with birthing triplets?

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

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How many weeks can I deliver my triplets? I'm currently 29 weeks

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

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At what # of weeks to doctors deliver triplets if their are no problems?

At what # of weeks to doctors deliver triplets if their are no problems?

Term: As close to due date as mothers health and lack of labor as possible. Most require hospitalization at 23-24 weeks and ave weeks of delivery because of preterm labor is 32 wks. Every week gained is a bonus for babies health. ...Read more

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My babies delieved at 30 week they are now 6 months when i can give them food ( triplet )?

My babies delieved at 30 week they are now 6 months when i can give them food ( triplet )?

Sitting yet ?: The timing of first solid feeds has more to do with their loss of the tongue thrust and ability to sit than their age. When they can sit propped, they can participate more in the process rather than be shovel fed. ...Read more

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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