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California Triplets Smash Guinness Combined Weight Record

David De Lossy/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) -- When the stork visited Brittany and Jason Deen in Sacramento, Calif., it delivered not one, but three bundles of joys -- and a world record.

Sidney, Elliot and Jenson Deen weighed over 20 pounds combined at birth on Nov. 8, breaking last year’s Guinness Book of World Records for triplets total weight set at 18 pounds and 11 ounces in Raleigh, N.C.

“Their [Brittany and Jason] pregnancy is completely spontaneous.  Brittany conceived the three boys without use of any fertility treatment.  The chances of such an occurrence are one in 8,000,” Dr. William M. Gilbert at Sutter Medical Center, where Brittany delivered her boys, told ABC News.

Brittany insisted on carrying full-term and was delivered at 37 weeks by C-section.

“We usually deliver women with multiple pregnancies at 35 or 36 weeks because we are afraid of post-partum hemorrhaging which might happen after 36 weeks… That was our main worry with Brittany,” he said.

Sidney weighed in at 7.8 pounds, Elliott at 7.3 pounds and Jenson at 5.5 pounds.  Brittany, who gained 85 pounds during pregnancy and has already lost 50, had to follow a regimen that would sustain her while nurturing three fetuses.

“There was no cap for how much I would eat.  I ate like a hobbit… I would eat a meal every other hour… My diet was high in calories, high in fat, high in protein, high in dairy… On one day I would eat proteins that amounted to a dozen eggs,” Brittany told ABC News.

Sidney is still in the hospital under observation and is expected to be released early next week.  

“Infants are not discharged until we make sure that their eating and temperature are maintained.  We want to make sure Sidney is doing well on both,” said Gilbert, who is also the medical director of Sutter Moms of Multiples.  MOMs is a Sutter Medical Center care facility that provides comprehensive support to mothers expecting multiple babies.

Brittany, an oncology nurse at UC Davis Medical Center, joined MOMs as soon as she heard she was pregnant.  At MOMs, she was mentored on how to follow a diet to nourish her and the fetuses.  She attended weekly classes and appointments to learn about both the physical and psychological effects of such a pregnancy.

“At MOMs they taught us all the nuts and bolts of what it takes to have and raise multiple babies for the first two years,” said Brittany.  “There’s no way we could have gotten that far without the staff at MOMs.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


South African Woman Has Triplets–Again

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Her doctor called it a miracle. But to a woman in South Africa, giving birth a second time to naturally conceived triplets is not something she had wished.

“There is no rest… It’s all about the babies,” Rebecca Phejane told the Sowetan newspaper.

The 27-year-old from Mahikeng said she feels both blessed and overwhelmed to suddenly have twice as many kids. Last week, she delivered two girls and a boy, all healthy and weighing more than 4 pounds each. Little Omphile, Olerato and Omolemo now join their 4-year-old triplet siblings, Oratile, Onthatile and Letlotlo.

Multiple births are becoming more common because of the increased use of fertility treatments, but doctors say it is almost unheard of for a woman to naturally conceive triplets more than once. It is even more unlikely given Phejane’s young age. Women have higher chances of giving birth to multiples when they are 35 or older.

Having fed, bathed, diapered, and soothed three babies before, Phejane knows how challenging it will be to care for her new triplets. She is hoping people in her community will offer some help.

“It does not have to be money. I need physical help, and if someone has disposable nappies or formula milk or clothes to donate, I would appreciate it,” Phejane said.

She and the six children will live with her unemployed mother. They will rely on a state child grant and the babies’ father, a contract worker at a mine, for support.

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