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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

31 Weeks & Some Interesting Stats........

Week numero 31! Am I ever happy to be here! We are doing well and growing. Not much else to say. My couch and I are now very familiar with each other, and I'm sure there will be an indent where I've been living the past few weeks. I've also come to love our hottub. Aaron turned it down to 100'-101' so I can get in, and while I'm not usually a hottub person, this has been AMAZING. Removing the center of gravity, has been awesome, to say the least. I love it. The babies love it. It's just all around good. Plus, it gives Aaron and I some much needed alone time in the evenings. Soon enough, we won't be able to hear each other talk. lol. And, here's the much awaited shot of the day. :)

Week 31
And for some intersting triplet stats. Some are from websites, mostly from http://www.mostonline.org/, some I've already posted (They are just more interesting now that we are there), and some are from other triplet blogs. Enjoy! I hope you find them as interesting as I do.

One mom of triplets calculated that in the first year her triplets had:

27,260 ounces of breastmilk/formula9,

260 diapers

6,510 pictures

6,054 bottles3,

978 naps (not including Dad's)

1,095 droppers of vitamins

71 doctor visits (including Mom's)

50 pounds gained by the babies

13 baby teeth-

Diapers, wipes and formula are conservatively estimated to cost $6,244 in the first year. (Which is why we breasfeed and use cloth diapers! HOLY JEEZ!!!!)

Some medical info:

At week 31, the average NICU stay for the babies is 30.7 days

At week 32, the average NICU stay is 22.7 days

At week 33, it's 16.8 days

At week 34, it's 11.4 days

At week 35, it's 6.2 days

At week 36, its 3.o days

So, as you can see, our goal is definately for 32 weeks+. Preferably 34, 35 or 36.

Interestingly enough, the majority of triplet births are in December. Wonder why?

More interesting info....
The average gestation of a triplet pregnancy is 33.1 weeks (ranging 16 - 39 weeks)
The average weight gain for a triplet pregnancy is 50.2 lbs (ranging -30 - 175 lbs)
62% of triplet mothers in this study recevied steriod injections prior to delivery.
20% of triplet mothers in this survey had a cerclage performed.

80.7% of triplets were all fraternal
2.9% of triplets were all identical
11.6 % of triplets were a combination of identical and fraternal
4.8% of triplets were of an unknown zygosity

49.51% of triplets were female
49.36% of triplets were male
1.13 % gave no answer

52% of all triplet mothers breastfed their babies for an average of 14.4 weeks.
30% of all triplet mothers pumped breast milk for their babies for an average of 12.5 weeks.
Triplet mothers either breastfed or provided breast milk for their babies for a total average of 13.6 weeks.
48% of triplet mothers indicated having difficulty breastfeeding or pumping.

Reason for delivery in triplets:
34.4% delivered due to labor progressing
21.4% were scheduled deliveries (c-section/induction)
13.4% delivered due to ruptured membranes (PROM)
14.1% delivered due to maternal complications
8.8% delivered due to fetal complication
5.3% delivered due to preeclampsia (high blood pressure)
The remaining 2.6% delivered for the following reasons: poor fetal growth, fetal distress, placental abruption, eclampsia, HELPP syndrome, pulmonary edema, low or high amniotic fluid levels, uterine infection, complications of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, umbilical cord flow problems, fetal demise, kidney failure, and other.
The average gestation for a scheduled delivery was 35.3 weeks.
The average gestation due to preterm labor and other complications 32.4 weeks

Hope you all love the info. :)


  1. I see you've had some major time with your search engine and blog following. :D Interesting to read the stats. One that blew me away was the weight gain of 175! Here's to the next month of health to you and yours!!

  2. Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this... we just found out I have triplets growing inside me and it has been a pain in the perineum to look up the chances of a 32+ week gestation along with the complications. You just made my day a bit easier! :)