Thursday, February 21, 2013

Record Triplets

Somehow – I’m guessing it has something to do with my own triplets – I missed the news that the heaviest triplets on record were born to a California mother in November 2012. 

The California trio weighed in at 20 pounds, according to news reports.  The previous record: a hefty 18 pounds, 11 ounces. To give you an idea: my three went almost 36 weeks and weighed in at 12 pounds 5 ounces (4 pounds, 15 ounces; 4 pounds, 5 ounces; and 3 pounds, 1 ounce). 

That’s a little south of 60 percent of the record.

I didn’t see anything about bed rest for the mother or other complications, but I just can’t imagine.

The mother conceived in a rare case of spontaneous triplets, the odds of which are about 1 in 8,000.  I’ve estimated the odds for the assisted-type triplet pregnancy at about 1 in 5,000.

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