One mom of triplets calculated that in the first year her triplets had:
27,260 ounces of breastmilk/formula9,
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. :)