First, it is important to understand that not all twin babies are the same. And if you thought all twins look as alike as peas - that is not true either. In fact, identical twins are from the same fertilized egg dividing early on in development and are extremely rare, occurring only in 3 to 4 per 1,000 births worldwide! On the other hand, fraternal twins are from two different eggs fertilized at the same time and are about twice as common as identical twins, even if they're not as popularly known.
So, while there are things you can do to increase your chances of having twins there's a catch. You can only increase your chances of having fraternal twins via these actions – identical twins are completely dependent on chance! But hey, identical or not, twin babies pose a unique delight to the family they are born in. Check out what latest scientific research proposes women to start doing if they want to get pregnant with twins:
Yes, something you eat can affect your chances of being mommy to twin babies! Here are two things to remember:
a. Increase your consumption of folate: Folate, also known as Folic acid, can increase your chances of a twin pregnancy by up to 50%, as per a recent study by Swedish scientists! However, beware that it also increases the risks of premature births or low birth weight of the twin pregnancy. Thus, you need to carefully weigh the risks before making your decision. Also remember that the naturally occurring Folinic acid is preferable to the manmade Folic acid. Your doctor will be able to guide you here.
b. Start consuming dairy products to up your likelihood of a twin pregnancy: As per a new study, consuming more dairy products can lead to a five times increase in your chances of having twins! This is due to insulin-like growth factor (IGF), a protein that is released from the liver of the cow.
Factors pertaining to your body have a direct bearing on how likely you are to have twins. Science suggests that there are two things you can consider:
a. You can plan a late pregnancy: Women over the age of 35 tend to produce more follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which is responsible for releasing eggs for ovulation. Therefore, women with extra FSH may release more than one egg in a single cycle and statistics prove that older women have higher chances of conceiving twins. So if you plan your pregnancy late, your chances of having twins goes up. But be careful about this as getting pregnant late also has other side effects.
b. You need to have a healthy BMI: A higher weight or height than average can increase your chances of conceiving twins, but you need to maintain a healthy diet with proper nutrients. Research implies that women with a BMI of 30 or higher are more likely to have twins. More reason to get fitter right? ||
This one is not in your hands. However, learning about it will give you a realistic picture of how your chances of being a twin-mommy are:
a. Your ethnicity matters: Statistically, African women have a higher chance of giving birth to twins as compared to Asian women. This may depend on various factors like diet and climate.
b. Your family history of twins or multiples can affect your chances: If a woman's family on her mother's side has had twins or multiples in the past, then there is a higher chance of her conceiving twins. The possibility is even higher if the mom is a part of a set of twins herself. Time to take a second look at your family, eh?
There are also some other things you can do to boost your likelihood of getting pregnant with twin babies. These deal with the way you approach conception.
a. When you stop birth control is critical: It seems obvious that you will stop taking the pill when you want to get pregnant. However, this also has a direct bearing on your chances of conceiving twins! When women stop birth control, the body takes time to find its natural rhythm again and causes the body to release more hormones, and as a result more eggs in a single ovulation cycle. This hyper-ovulation increases your chances of a twin pregnancy, so make sure to stop birth control right before you try conceiving.
b. You may opt for IVF: With IVF, one or more than one embryos are transferred in a woman's uterus in hopes that they will successfully implant themselves to the uterus lining. However, when more than one embryo is implanted, your chance of conceiving twins or multiples increase, in case they all successfully implant themselves!
c. You can take one of these fertility drugs: Taking some fertility drugs such as Clomiphene and Gonadotropins can increase chances of conceiving twins. The increased chance depends on the drug taken and must never be tried without consulting a doctor.
Previous Pregnancies and Breastfeeding
The experiences you have undergone pertaining to pregnancy and nursing in the past also affect your future probability of conceiving twins!
a. If you are breastfeeding during the conception period: As per studies conducted by Dr. Gary Steinman, women who are breastfeeding during conception period can be up to nine times more likely to conceive twins with their next pregnancy.
b. If you have lots of babies: The more kids you have, the easier it is for your body to hyper-ovulate and increase your chances of twin pregnancy!
c. If you have a history of twins: If you have already had twins, there's a pretty good chance you'll have a set of twins in your next pregnancy as well.
d. If you have had a miscarriage: Miscarriages are terrible for any mom-to-be. However, there might be a silver lining at the end of the dark as studies show it can increase your chances of having twins in the future.
All the above discussed methods have scientific basis and are the subject of much discussion among researchers today. Understanding the way a woman's body functions and how she gives birth has always been a fascinating subject for science. The result: these truly innovative and perfectly safe ways to up your chances of conceiving twins!
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