Post # 1
It’s Friday, I’m bored, and I found out recently from DH does, in fact, have a set of twins in his family (but it’s a bit scandalous- I’ll explain why).
DH recently told me that he has a pair of great aunts that he’s never met, does not know, and will never know. Why? Well, his paternal grandfather was stationed in Asia in World War II (I believe this is correct, I don’t remember specifics of where exactly) and married an Asian woman while there. They gave birth to twin girls. X amount of time later, his wife went crazy and tried to kill him. DH’s grandfather left, came back to America (without the girls), married DH’s grandmother, and never spoke to/heard from the twins or their mother again (which I think is really sad, at least about the girls, but it’s not my place to judge). This is the only pair of twins on either side of our family (that we are aware of).
So. Do twins run in your family, and do they run in your partner’s family?
Post # 3
My mom was a faternal twin.
Post # 4
We have a set of identical twins on my mother’s side, but identical twins can’t “run in the family,” from what I understand, because the division of the embryo is just a random event. Fraternal twins, however, can possibly run in the family if their conception was related to hereditary hyperovulation.
Post # 5
my FI’s family has at least 4 sets of twins in his extended family. I’m kind of excited to think its possible i could have twins one day! They’re so stinkin cute!
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
Yes to both.
My grandma had a twin sister.
My FI’s mother (my FMIL) has a twin sister.
Chances of getting twins in my generation is quite likely.
Post # 7
I have 2 sets of twins in my family, but they’re 3rd cousins. My SO, however, has several pairs of twins down his family line including his nephews(sisters children) who are identical. From what I’ve heard, a couple can only have twins if the mother carries the twin gene. If that’s true then that means no twins for me!
That story is CRAZY by the way!
Post # 8
DH’s grandma had twins. One of those twin’s and had two sets of twins back to back.
My grandmother, aunt, and mother were all pregnant with twins and lost one. My mom lost a set of twins and my twin.
With all of this, I am currently pregnant…with just one healthy baby 🙂
Post # 9
My dad has 2 sets of twin cousins, in the same family, 18 months apart. Yes, 0 kids to 4 kids in 18 months. FI has twin uncles.
I’m both excited and terrified. FSIL has them in her family too, we’re this close to starting a bet pool hahah
Does anyone know if the skip-a-generation rule is legit? Or is it a wives’ tale?
Post # 11
Yes, on my side. My great-great Grandma had a set of twins, my great Grandma had a set of twins, and my Granny had a set of twins, though one of them didnt survive. Neither my mom, nor my aunts had twins though, so I’m thinking its about due. With me. Haha.
Post # 12
@CarolF: It’s a myth. It sometimes plays out like that if fraternal twins run in the father’s family because he doesn’t ovulate (and thus won’t produce twins), but he can pass the gene on to his daughters, who will then have an increased chance of having twins. If it’s on the mother’s side, then it could happen in each generation.
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2014 - Bartram's Garden
My dad has twin brothers, and my mom was a twin… my FI also has twins skipping a generation on both his mother’s and father’s sides! I’m hoping for the best–twins would be so wonderful!
Post # 14
My husband’s grandmother had a twin sister, who unfortunately died when she was little!:(
Post # 15
my husband is a fraternal twin. I don’t think that impacts us though!
Post # 16
lol – that’s quite the story!
DH has twin sisters, and my dad has twin brothers.
My mom is petrified we might have twins as she thinks she will have to move in (…)
However, I’ve been told, as PP mentioned, that heredity really as nothing to do with it.