A mum’s triplet birth was made even more special as the babies shared a single placenta – a one in 200 million chance.
Gina Dewdney, 34, fell pregnant last year – and was shocked when she was told at her 13-week scan she was expecting three kids.
And medics were left in disbelief when they discovered that the babies were sharing a single placenta – a rare occurrence.
Babies Jimmy, Jensen and Jaxson were then born premature at “exactly the same time” on April 26, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Gina, from Frodsham, Cheshire, said: “I had it in my head that it would take me a long time to get pregnant because it usually does take people a couple of years trying.
“We thought let’s see what happens and within a month I fell pregnant.
“I found out very early that I was pregnant, within a few weeks, and I started getting really severe migraines, which I don’t usually suffer from.
“But I was having visual migraines, really bad headaches and insomnia – I just couldn’t sleep and kept waking up in the middle of the night wide awake.
“I had this feeling that there was more than one baby and I had feeling we were having twins.
“I said it to my husband but didn’t mention it to anyone else and I didn’t really tell anyone I was pregnant because we weren’t seeing anyone in lockdown and I thought I would wait until the first scan and be traditional in that respect.
“Our first scan wasn’t until 13 weeks and we went to the Liverpool Women’s and straight away the woman put the ultrasound on said it was twins.
“And because I already told Craig and I had it in my head, it was a bit of shock because one thing having a feeling about it and then being told it was real.
“But 15 to 20 minutes into the scan she was scanning round my stomach and it went deadly quiet in the room and all you could see on the screen was three heads.
“My husband asked ‘is that a third head?'”
After being referred to Liverpool Women’s Hospital, consultants said it appeared that Gina was expecting three identical boys and that they were all sharing the same placenta.
However, at 16 weeks there seemed to be a mix-up with the sex of the babies and the couple were told they were expecting two girls and a boy.
The dental therapist added: “At 16 weeks I was told it looked like two girls and one boy and two placentas fused together, but doctors couldn’t see where it had been fused.
“I was like ‘oh good get a bit of both’.”
Gina said she bought clothes for the two girls and the boy, named them and “envisioned” what life would be like with them.
However, at her 24-week scan Gina and Craig were told that in fact it definitely was three identical boys and it was difficult during ultrasounds to get a clear view as “someone’s foot would get in the way or someone’s head or they would kick each other.”
The mum-of-three said the pregnancy was up and down as there are many “high risks” for triplets sharing the same placenta, as they are all fighting for the same nutrients and food.
Doctors had planned for Gina to have a c-section, however her waters broke at 34 weeks and she started to have contractions and was rushed for an emergency c-section.
She added that around “30 people” were in the operation room as each baby had to have its own neonatal team.
Medics got the babies out in one minute 52 seconds from the “time the knife went in” and they were all born at exactly the same time as the team were so quick at getting them out.
And if the triplets weren’t rare enough, baby Jaxson was born in the amniotic sac, which is around one in 80,000 chance.
The now five-month-old babies spent six weeks in the Neonatal intensive care unit at Liverpool Women’s, but have since come home and are returning for regular check-ups.
Gina said breastfeeding and lack of sleep has proven difficult, but the babies have started to get their individual personalities.