Theo and Christo Menelaou, a same-sex couple from South Africa, wanted to have kids together. The adoption process and requirements for gay couples in their country make it almost impossible to become parents. The two were lucky to find a surrogate to bear their children. Doctors advised to terminate 2 of the fetuses to ensure the safety of 1 baby, but the couple refused. The triplets, Joshua, Zoe and Kate had to be born prematurely via C-section and barely weigh 2 pounds each. Please, SHARE.
Triplets are one of nature’s precious miracles. They are far less common than twins, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only 4 sets of identical triplets were reported in the U.S. during 2015, about one in a million. Identical triplets result when the original fertilized egg splits and then one of the resultant cells splits again.
The chances of having multiples increase with age. Hormonal changes as you age make it more likely that your body will release more than one egg at a time. More than one fertilized egg results in more than one baby. A lot of women these days choose to have kids later in life, many of them undergo fertility treatments, which increase the multiple birth rate and chances of having more than one baby. On average the chances of having a multiple birth after fertility enhancing treatment is around 25%. However, only 20% of fertility treatments result in pregnancy.
Another factor that increases the chances of having triplets is mother’s family history. If she is a twin or one of the triplets, or if there were multiples in her family, she is slightly more likely to have a set herself.
Mothers who have already had one set of multiples, they have five times greater chances of conceiving another set than the average woman, or about 1 in 14.