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Woman gives birth to three identical triplets

Update: May, 26/2019 - 08:06

 

 

Doctors at Tuyên Quang General Hospital take care of the three identical triplets born last Monday. — Photo vietnamnet.vn

 

 

TUYÊN QUANG — A 29-year-old woman from the northern province of Tuyên Quang last Monday gave birth to identical triplets, the odds of which can be up to one to 200 million, according to experts.

Online newspaper vietnamnet.vn  reported that the three baby boys were delivered at 35 weeks by C-section at the Tuyên Quang Province General Hospital. They weighed 2.1 kg, 2 kg and 1.7 kg. The mother is in good condition.

Phạm Thị Lan Hương, head of the hospital’s Maternity Department, said the mother had to undergo a C-section after arriving at the hospital with a stomach ache, a rupture of membranes, and with two of the three fetuses in the breech position (with the head up instead of down in the woman's pelvis). 

The mother had previously had two other C-sections in 2009 and 2012, giving birth to two girls.

The mother told Vietnamnet.vn that because she and her husband had two children, they were concerned about having triplets but decided to give birth after consultations with doctors in Hà Nội. During the pregnancy of 35 weeks, the woman gained 11 kilogrammes.

According to doctors, non-identical triplets occur around one in every 4,000 naturally conceived pregnancies, but identical triplets are very rare.  

The odds of naturally conceiving identical triplets, where a single fertilized egg is divided into three separate embryos, may be from 1 in 60,000 to 200 million, according to experts.

In late 2016, a woman in Hà Nội also gave birth to identical male triplets at 36 weeks by C-section. The three boys are all in good health. — VNS

GLOSSARY

A 29-year-old woman from the northern province of Tuyên Quang last Monday gave birth to identical triplets, the odds of which can be up to one to 200 million, according to experts.

Odds means the likelihood of something happening. In this case the odds are not high at all (not common).

Triplets are babies that are among three born in the same birth. Identical triplets are triplets that look exactly the same. Triplets are unusual, but they are more unusual if they are all from the same egg.

 

Online newspaper vietnamnet.vn  reported that the three baby boys were delivered at 35 weeks by C-section at the Tuyên Quang Province General Hospital.

C-section means the babies were surgically removed from the womb.

The mother is in good condition.

This means the mother is recovering well after the birth.

Phạm Thị Lan Hương, head of the hospital’s Maternity Department, said the mother had to undergo a C-section after arriving at the hospital with a stomach ache, a rupture of membranes, and with two of the three fetuses in the breech position (with the head up instead of down in the woman's pelvis). 

Maternity Department is the section of the hospital where the babies are born.

The mother had previously had two other C-sections in 2009 and 2012, giving birth to two girls.

Previously means that in the past

The mother told Vietnamnet.vn that because she and her husband had two children, they were concerned about having triplets but decided to give birth after consultations with doctors in Hà Nội. During the pregnancy of 35 weeks, the woman gained 11 kilogrammes.

Concerned is to be worried about something.

The odds of naturally conceiving identical triplets, where a single fertilized egg is divided into three separate embryos, may be from 1 in 60,000 to 200 million, according to experts.

Naturally conceiving means male and females seeds in the body meeting and joining together without the interference of doctors

Embryos are the developing babies that are still inside the stomach of the mother.

Experts are the people who have studied and know a lot about a certain topic.

WORKSHEET

Find the words that mean the following:

  1. A word that describes three babies born at once.
  2. The process by which the three babies were delivered.
  3. The chances of this happening.
  4. The gender of the new triplets’
  5. A developing baby in the stomach of a mother.

 

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ANSWERS: 1. Triplets; 2. C Section; 3. Odds; 4. Male; 5. Embryo.

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