Triplets are the dream of many families. It is rare during a natural pregnancy, but if you want, there are some tips to increase your chances of success.
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Do you want your small family to have lots of cute kids at the same age? Are you looking for a way to become pregnant with three babies despite knowing that this phenomenon is quite rare and can only "follow nature"? If you want triplets, read on the following shares for some useful information about triplets and how to increase your chances of conceiving naturally.
Triplets and things to know
Triplets are the phenomenon of a mother becoming pregnant with three pregnancies at the same time. This phenomenon is rare during spontaneous pregnancy and often occurs when couples use assisted reproductive measures such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization.
Like twins, triplets are usually formed in two ways:
- Identical triplet: the eggs split into three and fertilized with three sperm
- Trigeminal triplet: three different eggs combined with three sperm.
Besides, there are also cases of triplets in which there is a pair of homologous eggs and one single egg. Babies with the same egg will share the same genome (DNA) and gender, while the offspring may look the same or be different. Trivial triplets occur in about one in 4,000 natural pregnancies. The likelihood of having identical triplets is estimated at 1/6 of triplet cases.
How to increase the chance of having triplets?
There are four ways to conceive triplets:
- Fraternal triplets are created when three eggs are released and each is fertilized by a different sperm.
- Identical triplets are created when only one egg is released and fertilized, but splits, and then one half splits again.
- Mixed triplets - two identical and one fraternal - occur when two eggs are released and fertilized separately, and one of those fertilized eggs splits again.
- Fraternal triplets may occur during IVF fertility treatment. Typically, three or more fertilized eggs are inserted into the uterus to grow. Three to four percent of pregnancies jump-started by infertility drugs lead to triplets.
To be able to give birth to triplets, you need to resort to assisted reproductive methods or use medicine to stimulate an increase in ovulation. If you have a family history of super-ovulation (ovulation produces more than one egg at a time), your chances of multiple pregnancies are quite high.
Many people mistakenly believe that trying multiple intercourses near the ovulation cycle will increase the likelihood of multiple pregnancies. However, this is not true. Here are some tips to increase your chances of having a pregnancy of triplets:
- Eat plenty of sweet potatoes, milk, and dairy products
- Eat plenty of foods that stimulate progesterone production like almonds, walnuts, chicken, eggs, and cereals
- If you have ever given birth or have multiple pregnancies, your chance of having triplets will significantly increase
- Quit smoking and drinking alcohol
- Take folic acid daily
- Stop taking hormonal contraceptives
- Using fertility treatments can increase the possibility of a third pregnancy by up to 85%.
Prepare for the triplets
In order to successfully carry three babies, you need to gain at least 50 pounds over the course of 32 to 33 weeks, the usual gestation period of triplets. You will need to consume 200 grams of protein daily, plenty of salt, and enough iron, calcium, folic acid, and other nutrients to support all of your needs.
After about 20 weeks, you may no longer be able to work or function normally. You may also need bedrest and to monitor any contractions two or more times a day to watch for preterm labor. If you do go into preterm labor, you may be given magnesium sulfate, to stop the contractions. Unfortunately, the magnesium sulfate will leave you very weak, drained and with double or blurred vision. But it can help keep your precious babies stay inside of you for as long as possible so they have the best chance for growing strong and healthy.
There is a 60 percent chance that multiple babies will be born prematurely or weigh less than five and one-half pounds. These little babies and preemies need special (and expensive) care and are often hospitalized for weeks or even months after birth. You may need extra care as well. Medical complications such as preeclampsia or toxemia are relatively common in mothers of multiples. However, because the number of multiple births is increasing, medical science is able to care for you and your babies better than ever.
You will need to buy a triple stroller and three bouncy seats, three high chairs, three car seats, bottle props, and other necessities. You may survive the early years of parenting triplets if you also set up more than one diaper changing area, a refrigerator and microwave in the nursery, and a special gated area of your house in which your babies will be completely safe. Another crucial investment is a video camera with which you can create a visual baby book and capture the joy (and chaos) of these first few years.
Besides psychological issues, you also need to consider practical factors and financial situation in the family when you intend to give birth:
- Make sure there is enough room in the house for three children.
- Prepare necessary items such as clothes, sheets, diapers, bottles. Breastfeeding is recommended for at least the first few months, directly or indirectly, through a bottle.
- Trying to take some time to rest because taking care of three babies at the same time will be extremely hard and exhausting.
Having triplets is rare. However, raising three children at once is not a simple task, mainly financial matters. The cost of raising children is three times higher than raising a healthy child. Therefore, you can take advantage of borrowing, asking for acquaintances, or buying second-hand goods. Your life and your family will become more comfortable if you save unnecessary expenses.