Doctors Description of Birth of Triplet Sons
During the birth of your triplet sons, you can expect the doctors to describe the birth in many different ways. Some of the most common ways that they describe it is with the use of the term “identical” triplets. You may also hear about “preterm labor”, “Cesarean section” and “cerebral palsy”.
CP (cerebral palsy) is a disorder affecting the motor abilities of a person. The symptoms vary in severity, but can range from a slight limp to total loss of muscle use. There are many factors that can increase the risk of cerebral palsy, including pregnancy, birth weight and complications during delivery.
Research has shown that multiple births increase the risk of cerebral palsy. Research has also shown that infants born prematurely have a higher risk of developing CP than other infants. Those born earlier may not be fully developed, and they are also at greater risk for infections and other complications. The incidence of CP is also higher in less developed countries.
The incidence of CP among twins decreased during the 1990s and early 2000s. However, the rate of CP among triplets did not decrease significantly. A study examining birth prevalence of cerebral palsy in multiples showed that the incidence of CP among triplets was similar to the incidence of CP among twins. The study used data from the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register.
Having a multiple pregnancy can increase the chances of having preterm labor. It’s a good idea to know the signs of preterm labor so you can act appropriately when the time comes.
One of the best ways to prevent preterm labor is to make sure you’re healthy during your pregnancy. Pregnant women with diabetes, obesity or high blood pressure have a higher risk of giving birth prematurely.
Your health care provider will examine you to find out if you have any risk factors. If you do, you’ll need to make a plan for when you deliver your baby.
Some medications will slow contractions or help your baby’s lungs prepare for breathing. Some hospitals will offer you steroid injections during preterm labor. Medications such as these can have risks for you and your baby.
Your health care provider may also recommend you to take certain medications. These include a tocolytic medication that slows contractions. They may also offer a vaginal examination.
Approximately 5.500 triplets are born in the United States each year. These pregnancies can be difficult, requiring extensive medical planning. The risk of premature delivery is higher for triplets than for singleton pregnancies. It is estimated that about 20% of triplets will be handicapped.
Triplets are also at risk for premature birth and fetal death. The medical team will weigh the risks of carrying multiples and decide when to deliver.
Triplets are generally delivered by cesarean section (C-section) or fetal craniotomy. The decision is made on a medical basis, based on special tests and physical examination. The decision is often based on abnormalities of the placenta or umbilical cord.
Triplets are also at risk of postpartum hemorrhage. A C-section may be needed to prevent life threatening complications. In some cases, the baby is delivered through the opening in the uterine wall.
Despite the increased risk of complications, cesarean sections are considered the safest method for the delivery of triplets. Cesarean sections are also used to prevent premature birth. However, the cesarean birth rate is higher than the World Health Organization’s recommended rate of 10 to 15%. This rate has been linked to an increased risk of childhood obesity and asthma.
Identical triplets are a rare pregnancy. It’s estimated that only about one in six triplet pregnancies is identical. It’s also rare for identical triplets to be conceived naturally without fertility drugs.
Doctors don’t keep a firm statistics on identical triplets. There are a few cases that have been reported, but they’re usually related to fertility treatments.
The triplets arrived healthy and strong, according to Dr. Michael Paul, a maternal-fetal specialist at Stony Brook University Hospital.
The average birth weight of identical triplets is 1.8 kilos. They’re also at high risk of prematurity.
One of the most common signs of identical triplets is the presence of a single placenta. This can be difficult to detect through an ultrasound.
The triplets spent nearly a month in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit before being taken home. They grew in size and strength. They also learned to eat on their own. The parents noted that their responsibility was overwhelming when they left the hospital.