(Closed) Chances of having twins

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

From everything I have heard, fraternal twins skip a generation. So since you are a fraternal twin it is more likely your future children will have twins than you.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

i don’t know much about it, but i do know that being a fraternal twin rather than idential increases your chances. fraternal is hereditary, while identical is not. we don’t have any twins in the family, so our chances are low. it’s unfortunate, because i think twins would be so fun!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Fraternal twinship does have a genetic component:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin#Dizygotic_twins

According to that link though, it’s the mother that impacts the chances of fraternal twins… 🙂

That said, I don’t know what the actual percentage chances are!

ps I am a twin as well!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I do not know, but let me tell you — I am a twin, and I pray so hard that we do not have twins when the time comes! Uuuuuugh. Good luck to you when you TTC! And welcome to the hive!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

Here are some fun facts on the odds of having multiples:

http://multiples.about.com/cs/funfacts/a/oddsoftwins_2.htm

“You’ll increase your odds of having twins/multiples if…. you, your mother, or her mother’s mother is a fraternal twin. These women may carry a gene for hyperovulation, which means they release more than one egg during an ovulation cycle, increasing their ability to conceive fraternal twins. The chances may be high as 1 in 17 if the mother is a fraternal twin herself.”

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I would love to have twins!! 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Hi. My husband and I are both fraternal twins, and when people find out the first thing they say is “you’re going to have twins!” I used to have a roommate who worked at a fertility clinic and she told me that since I am a twin, I have a 10% more chance of having twins. Husband doesn’t affect my odds. However, if we have a daughter, she has a 15% chance because of me (10%) and him (additional 5% chance). Here’s where it’s even more intersting. Once you have twins, your odds go up an additional 5% per pregnancy. If you have twins first, you have a 15% chance next pregnancy and so on.  It’s interesting. Hope the numbers help.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Take a look at Mr. Bees links! I went to the “odds of twins” one and it definitely reminded me that twins are probably in my future. Like I already posted, I’m a twin. Other contributing factors: I’m tall, white, overweight, and none of the “decreased odds” apply to me.  My husband and I have talked about this and already figure it’ll happen to us.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Why would you not want twins? Is it a financial thing or did you not enjoy being a twin? I’m not a twin, but I think I’d be excited to have them. I’d be a little scared of course about going from no babies to 2 overnight, but being that i’m scared of pregnancy, doing it 1 time for 2 babies sounds like an awesome way to go 🙂

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ Amaryllis: I have younger twin brothers. I would never want twins either. They were allergic to everything, and never managed to get on the same sleeping schedule. They both suffered from colic.  My mother was miserable for the first 3 years of their lives. One puking, never sleeping, always screaming baby is one thing, but 2 was awful! 

Of course, a coworker of mine has 8 year old twins and would do it all over. She had 2 perfect babies, though.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

ahhhhhhhh!  my fiance is a fraternal twin, which i don’t think really impacts things. 

however, my grandmother (my mom’s mom) had twins.  they were premature and ill and neither lived more than a few days. 

but if it’s true that it runs on the mother’s side, and skips a generation, then i guess i’d be in line to be next, haha!

crazy to think about!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hmm, there are twins on my father’s side if the family but not my mothers so I hope I will not be impacted. Mr Bee links scared me though because I am originally Nigerian and it says we have the highest twinning rate in the world!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Don’t sweat it!  Thanks for the above info clearing up the skipping a generation garbage.  But here is a funny fact.  My sister-in-law is currently preggers with their first child—a niece!!! Both of her parents are IDENTICAL twins!  Imagine….an identical twin marrying somebody who also has an identical twin.  Crazy.  Anywho….nobody in their family has yet to have twins of any sort. 

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