A mother with two ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜsᴇs gave birth to triplets – twins in one and their sɪʙʟɪɴɢs in the second. Melanie Bassett, 32, who has two other children, was sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ when doctors discovered different ꜰᴇᴛᴜsᴇs in her ᴡᴏᴍʙ. The mother learned she had two ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜsᴇs when she had her first child, Phoebe, three years ago. A year ago, Melanie and her husband Ben, 33, from Hampshire, welcomed their one-year-old son Blake.
But nothing could prepare her for triplets. The occurrence of twins due to ᴜᴛᴇʀɪɴᴇ ᴘʀᴏʟᴀᴘsᴇ – ᴛᴡᴏ ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜsᴇs – is estimated at one in a million. There are only four known cases of the condition leading to triplets – and this is believed to be the first in the Uɴɪᴛᴇᴅ Kɪɴɢᴅᴏᴍ. Mother of five Melanie said: ‘When we were told it was pretty crazy. But I wouldn’t change it for anything. I noticed a difference while ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ with triplets.
I often find myself having to deal with them ᴋɪᴄᴋɪɴɢ both sides. One will ᴋɪᴄᴋ and it will sʜᴜᴛ them all down. Instead of looking like a regular ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs, Melanie’s is heart-shaped, with two compartments. It does not make it more difficult for a woman to conceive. But does slightly increase the ʀɪsᴋ ᴏꜰ ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ ᴏʀ ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ birth. Due to her ᴀɴᴀᴛᴏᴍʏ, Melanie was signed up for an eight-week ʜᴇᴀᴅ CT sᴄᴀɴ, where she was told she had two heartbeats.
But it wasn’t until a 12-week ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ that the sonographer told the couple they were expecting triplets – which magically grow in separate ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜsᴇs. They are advised to have screening scans every two weeks so doctors can monitor the ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ. There is concern that triplets could develop twin-to-twin ᴛʀᴀɴsꜰᴜsɪᴏɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ (TTTS) – a rare ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ condition that occurs when multiple ꜰᴇᴛᴜsᴇs share the same ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ.
Melanie said: “It wasn’t until I was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ with triplets and visited St. George’s in London, where the consultant did ꜰᴜʀᴛʜᴇʀ testing involving internal scans to see the ᴛʜɪᴄᴋɴᴇss ᴏꜰ ᴛʜᴇ sᴇᴘᴛᴜᴍ separating the twins. A gynecologist then did a sᴘᴇᴄᴜʟᴜᴍ and found out I have two ᴄᴇʀᴠɪxᴇs side by side. It was never picked up on any of my stains. Strangely, I also have the same cravings as I did with the other two.
I just crave jelly sweets, especially Haribo. I was pretty big and felt big. The triplets were born by ᴄ-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ, at 32 weeks, on January 26 this year. Since then, Melanie has single-handedly raised five children under the age of three during a global ᴘᴀɴᴅᴇᴍɪᴄ. But she says she looks forward to spending Christmas this year as a big family.