Identical triplets born to a woman who hails from the U.K. is considered a very rare birth, as this is a result of a single fertilized egg splitting into three. The result of this rare occurrence is the birth of three babies, identical in every way, except for their personalities claims the proud mother of three beautiful daughters, according to ABC News on Sept. 30.
The majority of triplets born are the result of three individual fertilized eggs. The babies are triplets but not identical. Karen and Ian Gilbert couldn’t tell the difference between their daughters, Ffion, Maddison and Paige by just looking at them at first, but Karen says that their personalities are forming and she “can’t wait to get to know them better.”
Proud dad Ian said they didn’t look real to him at first, the babies were so small that “you can pick them up with one hand.” The three girls combined weight at birth was just 11 pounds, they were born two months early by C-section. The triplets stayed six weeks in intensive care, but today they are home and healthy. The girls have an older sister, Faye, who is three.
Carrying identical triplets took its toll on Karen, who didn’t know she was carrying more than one baby until she ended up at the hospital with bad stomach pains early in her pregnancy. She was told by the doctors that the pain was the result of three babies fighting for space in a womb that usually accommodates one!
Being identical they shared the same placenta and the same fluid. They grew so quickly and they fought for space resulting in Karen’s muscles going through a lot of stress. As Karen recovers the family is getting to know their three new identical daughters, all with different personalities shining through today.