Triplet families from Essex and the south east gathered together on Sunday in the hope of setting a new world record.
Twenty-five sets of triplets and their families met for a fun day at Danbury Sport and Social Club after the get-together was organised online.
Claire Cerikci, of Jubilee Rise, Danbury, who arranged the event, told a reporter for the Essex Chronicle: “It was a brilliant day. It was really nice to meet the other mums; and the day went exactly to plan, it was very chaotic, but it still went exactly to plan.
“Our Facebook group has around 500 members, which is very useful because where do you go to find out about being a triplet mum?
“Speaking to mums about their experiences has really helped me, whether it is about buying prams or clothes, seeking advice or just to vent.”
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Over 100 children and parents attended the event, which included arts and crafts activities and play equipment provided by Monkey Tots, of Chelmsford, and Southminster-based Go Wild.
Claire, the 37-year-old mum of nine month old rare triplets, Kuzey, Koray and Ayaz, has now submitted details of the meeting to the Guinness Book of World Records in the hope of creating a brand new triplet record.
The day was so successful that the families are planning more events in the near future – both with and without the kids.
Claire adds: “We are planning another triplet meet up soon, closer to Hallowe’en or Christmas, and the mums all want to go out together too.
“It is great to feel like part of a community and to meet others that know what you have been through.”
Claire, who runs an oven cleaning business with her husband Gurcan, 36, had been shocked to discover that two of her triplets – Kuzey and Koray – were monochorionic monoamniotic, or ‘mono-mono’ twins, meaning they shared an amniotic sac and placenta.
The condition is extremely rare, accounting for just one per cent of all twin pregnancies, so the odds of having naturally conceived twins as part of a triplet pregnancy is one in 3.2 million.
“They are very special but it was a very scary time,” said Claire.
“I Googled mono-mono twins, as mums do, and I was scared to hear about the survival rate.
“They were bigger than expected when they were born – and they were still very tiny.”
The couple also have three older children – ten-year-old Yaren, Kutay, eight, and Kaya, three.