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Increase Your Chances of Having Twins

on Aug 19, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Increase Your Chances of Having Twins

Looking for how to increase your chances of having twins? Try these 9 tips and tricks and see if twins are in the future for you.

Did you know that the average rate of twins born in the USA is 32 pairs of twins for every 1,000 births? That is a really high rate! Whether you are actively trying to increase your chances of having twins, or just curious as to why some mommies are blessed with two, read on to find out the factors that contribute to having twins! Here’s our to-do list if twins are a must have for you! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Have twins in your family

We all know that having a family history of twins increases your chances of conceiving twins. But, what a lot of people don’t know is that only fraternal twins are hereditary, not identical twins. Another fun fact? It only matters if twins run on the mother’s side of the family. If your mom, grandmother, or great grandmother, has had fraternal twins, it will up your chances. If your partner has twins in his family? Doesn’t affect your chances!

Have twins already

If you have twins already, or at least another baby, your chances are higher. The chances for a mom who already has a set of twins to give birth to another set of fraternal twins? FOUR times greater than the average mom, or about one in twelve! Now, those are some great chances! See, history does repeat itself! Also, with each pregnancy a mom goes through, her chances of conceiving twins increases.

Wait until you’re older

Older moms have a higher chance of conceiving twins. Older moms produce more follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) than younger moms, and this may cause more than one egg to be released during ovulation. The rate of twins for mommies over 45? A whopping 20%! Want me to really blow your mind? If you give birth after age 50, the chance of twins is a staggering one in NINE!

Get taller, or fatter

Recent studies have shown that women who are overweight are twice as likely to give birth to twins. The studies show a direct correlation between the frequency of twins and the mother’s BMI. Twins are also, for some reason, much more common in taller moms too.

Be African-American

African-American mommies have the highest rate of twins, followed by Caucasian moms, then Hispanic moms, then Asian moms.

Love yams

What? Yes, yams. Why? Nigerian moms have the highest rate of twins in the world, around 1 in 22. Scientists believe that this is directly related to the mother’s high consumption of, guess what? Yams! It’s apparently the peelings from the yams that increases hyperovulation. So, you might want to get a yam cookbook?

Also love dairy

Well, maybe. Women that eat dairy products are up to five times more likely to get pregnant with twins than women who don’t. The studies that have been conducted on this say that vegan and vegetarian women are less likely to get pregnant with twins. But, critics are quick to point out that it is probably not the actual dairy products themselves that increase the chance of twins, but consuming the dairy products from cows that were treated with growth hormones. So, the hormones, not the dairy products, may actually be what is responsible for the increased twin rate. And the vast majority of dairy products now are labelled made from cows that were not treated with the growth hormone rBST.

Keep on breastfeeding

If you already have a little one and are looking to get pregnant again with twins, it might be a good idea to keep on breastfeeding your little one! It has been said that moms who were breastfeeding when they got pregnant are nine times more likely to get pregnant with twins than moms who were not breastfeeding the time of conception!

Hurry up and get off the Pill

As we all know, going off the Pill can kind of throw your body off a little bit, and make it act a bit crazy. Well, you can use that wackiness to your advantage by trying to conceive during the first or second cycle after going off the Pill. Sometimes your body, trying to get back into its normal cycle, will release an extra egg during these cycles. So, it’s worth a shot!

Try IVF

While most people think that fertility drugs are almost a guarantee to have multiples, that is not really the case. The facts are, the rate of twins is about one to three percent. Taking Clomid, the most popular fertility medication, might increase your odds to around eight percent. So, not a huge increase at all. Truth is, it is nowhere near as common as people make it out to be.

There you have it folks, a list of the most common traits associated with getting pregnant with twins! I am sure there are some old wives’ tales or legends out there that we haven’t thought of? If anyone knows of any more, be sure to share them with us!

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/chinelo.obogo Chinelo Agina Obogo

    i put to bed 7 months ago but lost my baby shortly after birth..i am yet to see my monthly period. since i am not breastfeeding, should i be worried?

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

     80% of women who do not breastfeed get their period after ten weeks. Some women take longer than that. But I would suggest you visit your doctor to get your hormone levels checked and find out why you still haven’t got your period yet.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002347118210 Moses Ayeebo

    my wife lost our 6weeks old pregnancy yesterday. we were told she has very small uterine fibroids. how soon can she get pregnant again and what are our chances of a successful pregnancy

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Uterine fibroids are the most common benign tumors in females and typically found during the middle and later reproductive years. Some fibroids may interfere with pregnancy although this appears to be very rare and they do not cause severe symptoms unless they grow to considerably large sizes. Although some fibroids may cause infertility especially if they are situated in the fallopian tube. Some women are able to conceive within 6 months depending on how big and how many fibroids are present. Since you mentioned that they are very small uterine fibroids, then you should not have any problems conceiving at all.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002347118210 Moses Ayeebo

    thanks a lot. this is a big relief because she hasn’t stopped crying since and would want to try again as soon as possible. once again tnx for the words of relief.

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  • Eveaawal

    i have Endinomiosis and i am 41 and my husband has low sperm .we had done Ivf 3 times and all were failed .how can i get baby soon?

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  • Amz Moon

    it says that not the dairy products from cows that were treated with growth hormones gives a chance..so is it just the regular milk from the grocery store right?

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Studies show that consuming dairy products does not increase your chances of having twins but rather consuming dairy products from cows treated with the growth hormone because it is the growth hormone itself that increases your chances of having twins. A lot of regular milk found in grocery stores are dairy products from cows treated with the growth hormone.

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  • maha imran

    i hv 1 daughter nd her age is 2 years. now i want twin baby boys. plz suggest me any authantic medicine for my desire.plzzzz

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  • Barbie

    I would like to have twin but it doesn’t run in my family or my boyfriends how do I increase my chance if having twins ? Thanks

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  • Mahek

    Hi,
    I am 29 years old. I would like to have twin but it doesn’t run in my any of the family neither maternal nor paternal side of my husband or my own family. How do I increase my chance if having twins ? Please guide me for the same.

    Thanks & Regards

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  • candace

    twins run on my mom side my aunt had a set of twins will i have a set of twins

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    There are lots of ways to conceive twins. You may try taking a folic acid supplement. There have been a few studies on the link between folic acid and conceiving twins. Also, a study published in the March 2005 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology found that women who were overweight had a higher chance of having twins. You may also want to eat more wild yams as there is a theory that there may be a chemical in wild yams which cause hyperovulation which results in in the release of more than one egg during ovulation.

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  • Tmills09

    I just had my mire tooken out afte having it in for 2 1/2 yrs an I want to get pregnant right away. How likey am I to get pregnant within the month.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Since you have Adenomyosis and your husband possesses a low
    sperm count, getting pregnant is going to be difficult and may possibly, take a
    very long time- but not quite impossible at all. There is still a chance for you to conceive
    if you constantly make use of low sperm count treatments (which would usually
    include hormone treatment, medication, ARTs, etc.), and persistently follow
    your fertility doctor’s regular advises in regards to your lifestyle, sex life
    and diet.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    To increase your likelihood of conceiving twins, I do recommend you to gain more weight, take folic acid supplements, and increase your intake of dairy products and wild yams. Also, I do recommend you to take fertility treatments such as the Fertibella Conceiveeasy.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    As long as your cycles are properly regulated after your Mirena removal, there is a good chance for you to get pregnant just within the month.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    When it comes to fertility pills that improve the likelihood of conceiving twins, I do recommend you Clomid, Gonadotropins, and FertiBella ConceiveEasy. It is best that you first discuss it with your OB on which fertility pill is best for you to take.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    Yes, there is a good chance for you to conceive twins if the conception of fraternal twins dominantly runs in the maternal side of your family. Fraternal twins are genetically runs on the mother’s side only, if she inherits the gene for hyper ovulation. While, identical twins are random and do not run in families, except by coincidence.

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  • Yolanda SO Blessed Workman

    While taking fertibella how long does it take for me to conceive?

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  • Yolanda SO Blessed Workman

    I’m 29 years old and im taking fertibella this is my first time taking them and this will be first child so I was wondering how long will it take for me to conceive ? I been taking my pills for about 2 weeks now and do i have sex everyday or wait til im done with all my pills?

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    While many people see results with Fertibella ConceiveEasy in the very first month, each individual’s reproductive cycles are unique. Fertibella ConceiveEasy is clinically proven effective in overcoming the most common obstacles to conception, and has been designed to dramatically increase your chances of conception better than traditional fertility treatments. Best of Luck!

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    While many people see results with Fertibella ConceiveEasy in the very first month, each individual’s reproductive cycles are unique. Since you’re trying to conceive,
    it is best that you increase your sexual intercourse during your fertile window to improve your likelihood of getting pregnant. In addition,Fertibella ConceiveEasy is clinically proven effective in overcoming the most common obstacles to conception, and has been designed to dramatically increase your chances of conception better than traditional fertility treatments.

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  • tina

    Should I take two conceive easy pills a day if I want twins

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Though taking Fertibella ConcieveEasy can’t fully guarantee you of conceiving twins; it can somehow improve your chances of conceiving multiples. Aside from taking Fertibella ConceiveEasy, you can improve your chances of getting pregnant with twins by increasing your intake of dairy products and wild yam. It is also best that you increase your weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating right and quitting unwanted habits.

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  • Concerned

    I am a 29 year old mother of two a boy and a girl and I have always wanted to have two sets of twins would that be possible for me if I don’t have twins on my side of the family but my fiancé have twins on his side of the family.

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  • Ms. Concerned

    I am a 29 year old mother of two and I always have wanted two sets of twins. So I was hoping that I can talk to someone about conceiving two sets of twins. Would that be possible for me?

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  • Smiley

    My husband & I have been trying to get pregnant for 8 months now & we’ve had no luck. Are we not fertile? What could we be doing wrong please someone help

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Before trying to conceive it is important to have a visit to your doctor to have your health and family history evaluated to ensure a healthy and safe pregnancy. In the meantime, there are lots of ways to boost your chances of conceiving. You may try having sex every other day to ensure your fertile windows are covered. Eating right, getting enough rest and exercising also helps a lot to regulate your hormones and have a chance of conceiving faster.

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  • anu

    where yams can be found in hyderabad

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  • Sisanda Makhetha

    I’m 24 and just got married now my husband and I are trying for twins how can we increase our chances?

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  • Alyssa May Ross

    My Dad has twin Sisters and a twin Grandma and Iwas wondering if could have a Boy and a Girl twin an if so how?

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  • Baby Fever

    My oldest daugter was a twin, but I lost the baby early on. Twins run in my side of the family, I am tall, I already have 2 children. It looks like my odds are already high. However, we are wanting another baby. It has just been determined after 7 months of trying that I am not ovulating (which was never a problem before). Now, I am going on Clomid to regulate my cycle. I know my odds increase for twins, but how much since I am already at the higher end of conceiving twins? What are my chances for conceiving greater than twins with my history?

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  • sara

    I am got married,.i trying pragnent,last week going to doctor.she said ‘I check Ur eggs. So next period time u come,then I want to know how to cheak my eggs

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  • leora rivera

    if i take the drug will it increase my chances for twins i don’t have any fertility problems

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  • Treme

    What can I do to increase my chances of getting pregnant?

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  • teressa

    I am 28 and have only one ovary because I had ovarin cance but now I have a syct on that one and I ireglure periods but me and my soon to be husband has been tring to concive for 5 year I had the cancer this year. I have tried vitamans, ovulation test, and still nothing. What can help me try to concive.

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  • blessing

    my son is six years old and have been trying to conceive again what do I do?

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  • kandie

    can taking ferti aid while pregnant increase our chance of twins

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  • Jalpa

    I m 32 yrs old nd having pcod…. my AMH level is 10… my hubby is 33 yrs old.. v r trying 4m more den 6 months… i want 2 have twins… can dat b possible?

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  • GeorgiaMommy242

    I’m breastfeeding currently and really really want twins… I’m 29, this is my second child, I’m overweight, I drink milk regularly (even fresh straight from the cow unpasteurized milk)… SOOOOOOOO according to what i read, i should have decent chances along with fertility meds… But are they safe while breastfeeding?

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  • Bybydepo

    I had my last depo shot October 17 2013 and I was wondering how long it takes for the depo shot to et out of my system? How long does it take to start ovulating?

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  • Mommy123

    How long does it take you to get pregnant if you have a mirena.

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  • Meekah

    Hi i have 2 daughters 5 and 7 yrs old, i am 30yrs old, 5″3 weighing 192 lbs and always dreamed of twins. Im still hoping for the chance to concieve twins. my great grandmother from my mom side has twins also my grandmother from my dad side has twins what are my chances of conceiving twins even with some issues i have with ovarian cysts? Also i eat lots of cheese, eggs, milk, and cassava along with different yams even folic acid and prenatal vitamins before i had my 2 daughters is it still possible?

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  • onyi

    i ve been diagnosed with PCOs what is the possibility of ever conceiving n having twins am 35yrs old n weighing 120kg

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  • Latisha

    My grandmother is a twin and I would love to have twins I have three sons now and wonder if the pills would help after this I am done they getting old and I want to try one more pray at having a girl twins do the pills really work?

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  • Marlane Burnside

    Hello,
    my name is Marlane I have a few questions for you
    I’ve had 3 miscarriages in the last year and my last miscarriage was a set of twins and theu also run in my family
    my question is for you how likely am I to conceive twins even though I didn’t carry to full term?

    secondly I have seriously been considering going on clomid what are all the facts about that?

    Thirdly what is your suggestions on how to have a a pregnancy as natural as possible from time of conception to birthing?

    thank you for taking time to read this

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