Twins – 2 little babies birthed within minutes of each other from the same womb. The thought of having twins is both exciting and frightening.
1 out of every 89 births are naturally conceived twins.
There are 2 types of twins: fraternal twins and identical twins (or non-identical in easy terms).
Fraternal twins, which is the most common – happens when two separate eggs are fertilized by two different sperm. Each baby has it’s own placenta and amniotic sac. Fraternal twins are no more alike than any other sibling. Fraternals can be two boys, two girls or one-of-each, which is unlike identical twins.
Identical twins occur when a single fertilized egg splits and makes two babies. The identical twins may share a placenta, but each typically has their own amniotic sac. The identical twins will be the same sex and look exactly alike!
So you would like to try to get pregnant with twins? There are a few factors that can up your chances of having multiples.
Here are 5 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Having Twins:
1. Hyperovulation Gene
Hyper ovulation is the tendency to release multiple eggs during ovulation, increasing the chances of conceiving dizygotic (or fraternal) twins. So, in families where the women have a gene for hyperovulation, genetics would sufficiently explain an increased presence of fraternal twins. (source: multiples.about.com)
2. Fertility Assistance
Fertility assistance has sky-rocketed the rates of multiples. Both drugs that stimulate ovulation and IVF drastically increase your chances for having twins (or more!).
3. Conceive While Breastfeeding
While you may have heard you can’t get pregnant while breastfeeding, there are many breastfeeding mothers that would disagree. In fact, Dr. Gary Steinman says women who become pregnant while breastfeeding are nine times more likely to conceive twins than women who are not breastfeeding at the time of conception!
4. Gain Weight (and if you are taller – that might help to!)
The Obstetrics & Gynecology study (published in March 2005) found that overweight women had a higher chance of conceiving twins. It also found that taller women had a better chance of having multiples. Not sure you can change your height…. yet.
5. Sometimes It’s Just LUCK!
There are several parents of twins who don’t fall into any of the above categories who just get lucky and have double the blessings!
It’s double the giggles and double the grins, and double the trouble if you’re blessed with twins. ~Author Unknown
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