Mom gives birth to super rare identical triplets!
A U.K. couple got the surprise of a lifetime when the mom-to-be learned she was carrying identical triplets. Karen Gilbert and her husband, Ian, originally believed they were expecting one child when weeks into her pregnancy the mom experienced bad pains.
Much to her surprise, one baby was actually THREE babies growing inside her womb. This type of pregnancy is generally rare and happenes as a result of a fertilized egg dividing into three embryos.
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Because they're identical, the triplets all shared a placenta and fluid. This caused discomfort for Gilbert as the babies grew and tried moving around inside. Considering the rarity of her pregnancy, doctors even suggested that she abort one child because they were at risk of twin-to-twin syndrome. That dangerious condition happens when the blood from one fetus is transfered to another, which could result in death.
Despite the risk, Gilbert kept all three and gave birth two months earlier than their due date. Gilbert was already a mom 3-year-old daughter Faye and now she has three more daughters! The babies were born less than 11 pounds combined, but after weeks of hospitalization, the girls were sent home. Even though they each still weigh under six pounds, the infants are doing well as their mother recovers.
This is AMAZING! The Gilberts are very lucky considering the risks that their babies were born healthy, even though they were born premature. And they are SO cute! Now the challenge they're going to face is raising four girls at the same time!
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