Kate Tipton's triplets were born 6 weeks early, but that doesn't mean they were little!
Kate Tipton may have gone into labor when she was just 34 weeks pregnant—but that didn't stop the mom from giving birth to her hospital's highest birth weight delivery ever.
The fact that she was carrying triplets certainly helped matters. Her babies were born on March 16th and weighed in at a cumulative 19.6 pounds. ABC News reported that Tipton's delivery was the heaviest in the University of Tennessee Medical Center's history. Clearly, the delivery left a lasting impression on Tipton's doctor, Mark Hennessy, MD, who suggested that Tipton check the Guinness Book of World Records to see if her children made worldwide history.
As it turns out, Tipton's delivery fell short of the world record for heaviest triplet delivery by just 2.4 pounds. The heaviest triplets on record were born in California in 2004 and weighed in at a total of 22 pounds.
Tipton gave birth to her son Jack, who weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, first. Stella, who came in at 6 pounds, 3 ounces, was next. Her youngest child, Luke, was born last, weighing in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces. This is certainly a rarity. As Parents has reported, most triplets are born preterm (delivery at 32-36 weeks gestation is the norm) and tend to weigh just 3 pounds, 12 ounces each, on average.
"We were shocked," Tipton told ABC News. "They weighed Jack twice. He was first. They thought, ‘that’s not right. He can’t weigh 7 pounds, 4 ounces as a triplet.' There was so much noise and excitement and disbelief."
Would Tipton have broken a worldwide record had she carried to term? Possibly, but she's happy with how her pregnancy ended. "I look back now and I said, 'wow, what if I had been pregnant another week?'" Tipton said. "But I did not want to be pregnant any longer."
We hear you, mama...we hear you!