A Bridlington couple have welcomed three extremely rare additions to their family – identical triplets.
The odds of giving birth to identical triplets are between one in 60,000 and one in 200 million – but the three boys, Tommy, Henry and Alfie, were born to mum Jenna Edeson last month.
“I found out I was having triplets after seven-and-a-half weeks and we were really shocked,” said Jenna, 27, who is engaged to dad Graeme Robinson, also 27.
The boys were born after 31 weeks, which Jenna said is normal when pregnant with triplets, and spent just over five weeks in Hull and East Yorkshire Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Jenna, who was in labour for just over two hours, said: “The pregnancy was really good, I didn’t suffer any morning sickness. By the end I was carrying 11 pounds of babies - it is not common!
“The doctors have said it is really rare to have identical triplets, especially considering I conceived them naturally.
“I had to try and rest as much as possible and just take it easy,” said Jenna, who is the first to have triplets recently in her family.
Tommy, who weighed 3lbs 6oz, Alfie, who was 3lbs 5oz and Henry, 3lbs 4oz, are now home safe and sound in Rudding Drive, Bridlington, with their parents and three-year-old brother Hayden.
However telling the boys apart is going to be tricky, with Jenna and Graeme keeping them dressed in different brightly coloured sleep suits.
Jenna said: “It is confusing and it is hard to tell them apart, but they are good babies and they are not really that noisy.
“I was excited and I couldn’t wait to get them home. It is going alright.
“I have got them in a rhythm where I feed one after another. They are all well.
“Graeme loves them to bits and our family were all shocked to find out about the triplets.” The chances of having identical triplets are very slim.
There is no one, consistent statistic when it comes to the odds of having identical triplets. But the generally agreed upon figures are in the vicinity of between one in 60,000 to one in 200 million.
Non identical triplets occur around once in every 4,000 naturally conceived pregnancies. The chances of having identical triplets are about one in every six triplet pregnancies.