Old wives' tales- Conceiving twins

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve heard a diet in a specific type of yams increases chance of twins. There are areas in Africa where yams are a staple and high number of twins in the area. I’ve heard twins are common in older mothers – take it all with a grain of salt

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

gingerkitten:  I know a woman who doubled her folic acid and did all the twin stuff and concieved twins. <br /><br />BTW just wondering do you have any other children?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

gingerkitten:  Cassava root is the “yam” in Africa that might be linked to increased likelyhood of twins. You can order it online, just make sure you get the stems and such in pill form (I’ve heard it doesn’t taste that great to people who haven’t grown up eating it) because those are supposed to me the most effective. Folic acid like PP said can also help supposedly, and Soy Isoflavones as well. I have also looked into this lol. We’re not even close to TTC yet – probably like 3 years or so. Twins would be such a blessing, although I would like an unmedicated/low-intervention/possible home birth so I know that would be very difficult with a twin pregnancy.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Also! I read somewhere that many pregnancies are actually multiples but one or more of the fertilized eggs can’t/won’t survive so they turn into singleton pregnancies fairly early on. Another reason a higher dose of folic acid may help. Take all of this with a grain of salt, there are no scientifically proven ways of increasing your odds of twins except by use of fertility drugs of course only that some things may increase your odds. I just happen to have a PhD in Google lol so that’s how I found all of this stuff.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

gingerkitten: Definitely I think she took double prenatals. I really cant be sure but the folic acid worked for her. <br /><br />I just want to say I said this exact same thing about a week ago “Before I was pregnant I thought twins would be fun, then I had a kid…” <br /><br />I mean I still think twins would be fun but hell from 0-5 years lol. One of the december mums just started a post about this too.

 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Your first month coming off of BC pills has a slight increase in the chance for twins. Something about your ovaries are more likely to release multiple eggs due to not ovulating for so long.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Wow, this is all very interesting!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

gingerkitten:  I have twins in my family and my FI is a twin but i’m actually scared of having them so i’ve done a bit of research in to it lol google it! (obviously best to stick with reputable websites!) there are actually certain things like age and family history that increase the likelyhood.

My FMIL had my FI and his twin brother super early and it was really touch and go for a while so the added complications puts me off wanting them!

PS I should add I don’t mean for that to put you off! But there are increased risks (I believe any multiple pregnancy is automatically considered higher risk) so if you’re looking for ways to increase your chances of twins its probably good to know that side of things too just to be safe!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  Miss_E_xx.
Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Twins run in my family (although none have survived sadly, one died at birth but the other lived and two other sets ended in miscarriage at 16 weeks and 7 weeks) they suspected my son was a twin because i had a huge bleed at 5 weeks and lost some tissue but he was still in there, we will never know for sure. Apart from fertility drugs older ladies are more prone to twins as the body tries to expell all the remaining eggs before they are unusable and also the more pregnancies you have the more likely you are to have twins (but that is just a maths thing – probability etc) 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

gingerkitten:  I think you can only increase your chances of having fraternal/sororal twins, identical twins happen spontaneously (here’s a video that shows this phenomenon being captured for the first time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOBvRhXIJN4).  Factors such as age and genetics play a huge role in whether or not you’ll hyperovulate.  For instance, women of African American descent are far more likely to have twins than women of Chinese descent.  Ironically, I’m actually Chinese and carrying twins (only twins in my family are identical and from a non-blood related aunt), so while statistics are interesting, they mean nothing to the individual.  As another poster said, carrying twins can put you in the “high risk” category, but it depends on a few factors (i.e. do they share a placenta/sac).  My twins are di/di, so my doctors aren’t really too worried.

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