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10 Amazing Facts about Triplets
Top 10 things you didn't know about triplets!
  1. There are only 150 sets of triplets born in the UK each year, with 1 in every 5000 pregnancies a triplet pregnancy. The triplet rate in the used to be about 1 in 10,000 maternities but this figure almost quadrupled between 1970 to 1998 with the introduction of assisted conception techniques. This rate has fallen since 1998 probably due to the introduction of HFEA regulations restricting the number of embryos transplanted during an IVF cycle.
  2. Approx 1/3rd of higher order births occur spontaneously (naturally), 1/3rd following IVF or GIFT treatment and 1/3rd from ovulation inducing drugs alone.
  3. Fraternal triplets (tri-zygotic) are created when three eggs are released and each is fertilized by a different sperm
  4. Identical triplets (monozygotic) are created when only one egg is released and fertilized, but splits, and then one half splits again. Very rare
  5. Mixed triplets - two identical and one fraternal (a pair and a spare!) occur when two eggs are released and fertilized separately, and one of those fertilized eggs splits again.
  6. Identical triplets share 100% of their DNA, are the same sex, have the same blood types, hair and eye colour, hand and footprints but have different teeth marks and fingerprints.
  7. Over 90% of triplets and quadruplets are born prematurely and/or have low birth-weight& ;(34 weeks is expected triplet pregnancy length &; 1.8kg birth weight)
  8. We think the heaviest triplets on record in were born in 1914 to the McDermott family - the combined weight of the three babies was 24lb - each baby averaging 8lbs.& ;
  9. The UKs oldest triplets Doris Kingston, Alice Holmes and Gladys Caress ( June 12 1927, South Elmsall, West Yorkshire in 2007 they celebrated their 80th birthday)& ;
  10. A 1983 study revealed that a mother of six-month-old-triplets expends an average of 197.5 hours per week (out of a possible 168) between herself and paid/volunteer assistance, on the care of her children and home. This did not include a time allowance for mother to bathe, dress, sleep, eat, relax or talk with partner!
Phew, I'm glad I ONLY have twins!



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