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First She Had One Baby, Then Twins, Then Triplets

Photo Credit: Bita Honarvar/The Atlanta Journal Constitution

This story is pretty wild.

A mom has one baby, then twins, then triplets. Not only that, but the first baby and twins were all girls who wanted a little brother.

Guess what?

They got three little brothers. Now the family has three boys and three girls.

As Helena Oliviero reports for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the three teenage daughters of Maritza Salinas were constantly after their mother to have another baby.  They were all hoping it would be a baby brother they could play with and spoil.

“We really wanted a baby brother,” 15-year-old Yazmin said.

Little did they know they would not have to fight over who gets to hold the baby.  Maritza Salinas became pregnant with triplets.  Three boys.  Salvadore, Julio and Miguel were born July 5 weighing 6 pounds, 6 pounds and 4 pounds.  All together, the triplets tipped the scale at more than 16 pounds

Julio and Miguel are identical twins.  Which, I never really thought about it but yes, I guess there can be a set of identical twins among triplets.  The odds of giving birth to triplets are one in 8,000.  But, as Oliviero reports, when you consider that Maritza already had twin daughters (one in 33 odds), it puts this Marietta stay-at-home mom and her family in pretty exclusive company.  “The odds of giving birth to multiples naturally are rare. But the likelihood of a singleton, then twins, followed by triplets, is an extraordinary occurrence.”

No fertility treatments were involved in any of the pregnancies.  And get this:  the twins are from Maritza’s first marriage, the triplets are from her second.  What are the odds of that?  I mean, you’d think the multiples gene wouldn’t strike with two different men, you know?

Oliviera contacted math professor Howie Weiss to calculate the odds.  Here’s what he came up with:

For the average woman the chances of having one, two and three babies (in no particular order) is about 1 in 44,000. But to give birth to one, then two, then three, the probability is closer to 1 in 264,000, according to Weiss.

Although Salinas’ odds are probably a bit better because she already had multiples.  Her odds of taking care of the triplets are better than most too.  She’s got three teenage daughters anxiously waiting to hold their baby brothers.

“We are so happy,” Yazmin said. “We don’t need to fight over them. We’ll each have one.”

As for Maritza, she says eight is enough; her days of getting pregnant are over.

“Otherwise, next time, I would have four,” she said, adding, “Oh no, I don’t think so!”

Image:  Bita Honarvar/The Atlanta Journal Constitution

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