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15 Totally Awesome Facts About Twins

I would be lying to you if I said that I never thought about having twins or triplets. I have some friends who are juggling multiple babies at the same stage and they truly are rock star moms. Now, I know I can’t even come close to comparing, but my older two kids are 14 months apart, and that was hard enough — twins and triplets and more, sounds like a lot of fun and a lot of (worth it) work. I can’t even wrap my head around what it would be like to find out there are two (or more) growing inside you, the cool feelings you have when they move and then all that after-the-babies-are-born juggling you do.

Twins are really interesting — if you look at the facts behind conception and the awesome things that are unique to twins and higher multiples. From left-handedness to the time of year more twins are conceived and the oddities like twins from different dads, the facts are totally fascinating.

Click through for 15 interesting and awesome facts about twins you may not have heard yet:


  • Many Twins Worldwide 1 of 15
    Many Twins Worldwide
    It's estimated that there are at least 125 million living multiples today!
    Source: TwinsUK
    Photo credit: Photostock
  • Different Rates Around The World 2 of 15
    Different Rates Around The World
    Nigeria has the highest rates of multiples, with more identical twins than fraternal. China has one of the lowest, with multiple births occurring one in 300 births.
    Source: TwinsUK
    Photo credit: Photostock
  • Often Develop Own Langage 3 of 15
    Often Develop Own Langage
    If you hear your twins or higher multiples chatting with each other & you don't understand, they may have developed their own language. Called idioglossia or cryptophasia, experts tend to think of it more as a 'code' than a language.
    Source: Parents Connect
    Photo credit: Venex_jpb on Flickr
  • Diet May Play A Part 4 of 15
    Diet May Play A Part
    A study done in 2006 in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine found that women who consume animal products, specifically dairy, are five times more likely to have twins.
    Source: Science Blog
    Photo credit: Photostock
  • Not Entirely Identical 5 of 15
    Not Entirely Identical
    Though identical twins are genetically identical, they have their own fingerprints. Though they are very, very similar, under real close inspection they are different.
    Source: Straight Dope
    Photo credit: EraPhernalia Vintage on Flickr
  • Many Are Left-handed 6 of 15
    Many Are Left-handed
    About 22% of twins are left-handed — yet only 10% of singleton people are left-handed.
    Source: About.com
    Photo credit: Simo ubuntu on Flickr
  • Nature or Nurture? 7 of 15
    Nature or Nurture?
    There have been cases of twins separated at birth who, when they found each other later on, turned out to lead very similar lives.
    Source: NPR
    Photo credit: Harald Groven on Flickr
  • There are Many Types of Twins 8 of 15
    There are Many Types of Twins
    We have all heard of identical and fraternal twins, but there are different classified types of twins including: Monozygotic, Dizygotic, Conjoined, Polar Body, Parasitic, Different Races, Semi-Identical, plus more!
    Source: About.com
    Photo credit: goldberg on Flickr
  • Random and Genetic 9 of 15
    Random and Genetic
    Fraternal twinning is genetically predisposed, where identical twinning is random.
    Source: About.com
    Photo credit: clickr88 on Flickr
  • Not All Have The Same Birthday 10 of 15
    Not All Have The Same Birthday
    Though most times twins share a birthday, it may not always happen. Sure, some will be born just before and just after midnight, but others may have days, weeks or months difference. In the case of premature birth of one, the remaining twin is not always born at the same time.
    Source: Pregnancy & Baby
    Photo credit: Photostock
  • Average Time Between Birth 11 of 15
    Average Time Between Birth
    The average time between the delivery of the first and second twin is 17 minutes.
    Source: TwinsUK
    Photo credit: catlovers on Flickr
  • Don’t Always Have the Same Parents 12 of 15
    Don't Always Have the Same Parents
    Heteropaternal superfecundation is the term used to describe when twins are fertilized with separate eggs and different dads. It actually happens.
    Source: About.com
    Photo credit: Photostock
  • Daylight Hours May Impact Multiple Births 13 of 15
    Daylight Hours May Impact Multiple Births
    The time of year and the number of daylight hours may have an impact on multiple births. Scientists seem to think that it's likely due to the longer length of daylight in July. That allows for a higher secretion of the Follicle Stimulating Hormone in women, resulting in more eggs being released during ovulation.
    Source: TwinsUK
    Photo credit: Photostock
  • Half Are Born Early & Low Birth Weight 14 of 15
    Half Are Born Early & Low Birth Weight
    Nearly half of all twins are born prematurely and/or have low birth-weight. Full term for twins is considered 37 weeks and low birth weight below 5.5lbs.
    Source: TwinsUK
    Photo credit: Photostock
  • Not Always Small Weight 15 of 15
    Not Always Small Weight
    Though most twins are born earlier and weigh less, that's not always the case. Twins born to Erin Maynard from North Carolina weighed 12 pounds, 3 oz & 10 pounds, 14 oz for a total only-baby-weight of 23 lbs.1 oz. Wow!
    Source: Parent Dish
    Photo credit: ethermoon on Flickr

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