How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant with Twins

How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant with Twins

You have always dreamed about having twins. Perhaps you want to have a large family, or you don’t but you want to get a pregnancy out of the way by killing two birds with one stone (yes, a poor choice of words, but you get my meaning). A better way to put that is that you may want to get your family creation over and done with in one shot, perhaps to be pregnant less or perhaps because age is creeping up on you, and so you can move on with your life. Having two babies at once are the way to do it. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

There is some good news. You can increase the odds of achieving a twin pregnancy without having to take fertility drugs to ovulate more. In fact, if you have no fertility issues, you are not going to be prescribed fertility drugs anyway.  So that said, there are a number of natural ways you can achieve a twin pregnancy.

However, before that is discussed, be aware that there are two types of twins: identical and fraternal. Let’s find out the differences.

Identical Twins

Identical twins result from one single embryo splitting, and they are always the same sex except for in very, very rare instances due to mutations. In fact, identical twins are a result of a mutation on its own because it is not natural for an embryo to split. There really is no way to increase the odds of having identical twins, unless you have in-vitro fertilization (IVF) done for fertility reasons that can increase the chance of embryo splitting.

There really is no way to increase the odds of having identical twins.

And you will not want to go through that unless you do have a significant fertility issue, or you and your partner carry the same bad mutation that you can potentially pass onto your kids that can be fatal such as cystic fibrosis or Tay-Sachs disorder.

In other words, other than IVF, there is nothing you can do to increase the odds of having identical twins. That may be a good thing because there are more risks when it comes to an identical twin pregnancy than there is when it comes to having fraternal twins, which will be discussed below.

Fraternal Twins

Fraternal twins are created by two eggs being fertilized by two different sperm. They can be both girls, both boys, or can be one of each. They are the same as siblings, but are siblings that will be born at the same time instead of being born years apart of one another. In fact, these are the kind of twins that you want to have. And you can find ways to create this reality.

 They are the same as siblings, but are siblings that will be born at the same time instead of being born years apart of one another.

The First Step Before Achieving Any Pregnancy

The first thing you need to do is get a medical check up to make sure that your health is good. If you are drinking, smoking or doing drugs, you are going to want to stop. Continuing that dangerous lifestyle will hinder your chances of conceiving a pregnancy, let alone a twin pregnancy. However, if you were to become pregnant while doing those dangerous things, you are putting your unborn baby or babies in harm’s way.

You will also want to cut back on caffeine intake. For instance, if you are drinking three cups of coffee per day, then cut it back to one.

You will also want to make sure that you are eating nutritious foods, and even consult with a nutritionist or dietician if you are unsure of what foods are healthy or not.

Your doctor will also check to make sure you are free of any kinds of infection whether they are sexually transmitted or not. In other words, before looking to try to conceive, you need to be completely healthy.

Once that is established, there are some tips below that you will want to take note on for achieving a twin pregnancy.

Examine your and your Partner’s Family History

Do you have siblings that are twins, or is your mother or father a twin? Do they have twin siblings? What about your grandparents, and so on? How about your partner? Does he have twins in his family? Is he a twin? The chances alone right there are increased of twins happening.

does family history increase the chances of twin pregnancy?

Even if you or your partner isn’t a twin,  but have a family history of twins –  that alone increases the chances of getting pregnant with twins. If anyone, on your maternal side has had twins then there are chances that you may have inherited the gene for hyperovulation. If your paternal grandmother had a twin, then you may have also inherited the gene as well.

However, if there are no twins on your side, nor your partner’s side- don’t fret! There are still ways to increase the odds of achieving a twin pregnancy anyway!

However, if there are no twins on your side, nor your partner’s side- don’t fret! There are still ways to increase the odds of  achieving a twin pregnancy anyway!

Don’t Lose Too Much Weight

If you are overweight, your doctor may have already encouraged you to lose weight in order to achieve a pregnancy. If you are obese, then you do need to lose weight.

However, if you are slightly overweight with a BMI of 30, don’t lose weight!!

Having some extra weight actually can help you ovulate more, and therefore that alone can help you achieve your dream. If you want to maintain that weight, or gain some weight, you want to do so the right way.

Consumption of Dairy Products are a Must

You really are going to want to include plenty of dairy products in your diet. In fact research has shown that women who consume a lot of dairy are seven times more likely to conceive twins! The fat content in dairy products is cholesterol which helps in stimulating production of progesterone which increases hyper-ovulation. That being said, the chances of two eggs being fertilized at the same time are much higher.


Age IS a Factor

Why not get some traveling out of the way, and focus on your career, work and social life while you are still young? Because research done indicates that women in the age group of mid or late 30s are more likely to conceive twins naturally. If this is what you really want, then start being patient.

But of course your chances of getting pregnant in the first place decrease as you age, so take this tip with a grain of salt.

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According to research, older women have better chances of getting pregnant with twins than younger women. The reason for this is the biological clock starts ticking faster, the rate of ovulation starts to speed up. Therefore, women who are from 35-40 years old have better odds of achieving a twin conception. However, waiting to achieve a pregnancy also comes with a cost because the odds of having complications can increase as well.

However, if you want to reduce the risk of that, and really don’t want to wait, then stick with having a BMI of 30, as well as consuming a lot of dairy which was discussed in the section above. There are some other steps you can take.

Add Wild Yams to your Diet

If you are eating that cheese, yogurt and drinking that milk to help increase your odds of conceiving twins, you should throw some wild yams in there too. Research has indicated that Cassava, a type of sweet potato or yam is a great thing to consume. Cassava is a form of progesterone, which is a hormone involved in the female menstrual cycle. The skin of this variety of yam contains a chemical which triggers hyper-ovulation.

wild yams help trigger hyper-ovulation

Eat more yams!

If you really don’t like yams, you can take Cassava as a supplement. That is just as effective. There are other foods to keep in mind as well, which can cause hyperovulation, but aren’t as effective as wild yams.

These foods include whole grains, wheat germ, soy isoflavones, tofu, and walnuts. Therefore, if you are seriously looking out for natural ways on how to get pregnant with twins make sure you include these foods in your diet.

If you Already Have a Baby or Toddler, Keep Breastfeeding

This tip is only applicable to those who already have a baby or a toddler, and if you have chosen to breastfeed. If that is the case, then continue breastfeeding because that in itself can increase the chance of conceiving twins by nine times compared to women who are not breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding while TTC increases the chance of conceiving twins by nine times compared to women who are not breastfeeding.

what to eat and not to eat while breastfeeding

Some tips listed above may not apply to you if there are no twins in your or your partner’s family history, or if you aren’t breastfeeding right now. However the dietary tips alone will be helpful to you when it comes to increasing the odds of conceiving fraternal twins by helping you release more than one egg per cycle.

There is excitement that comes with having a twin pregnancy, but there are also some complications that could come into play that you need to be aware of.

 

Increased Nausea and Vomiting

The cause of pregnancy sickness in a singleton pregnancy is the hormonal increases and fluctuations. That in itself can be bad enough for some women. Think about dealing with a double dose of pregnancy sickness! Because that is what you could potentially be facing when pregnant with twins.

Fortunately there are some ways that the awful sickness can be prevented or at worst, reduced is by getting regular exercise. Walking, as well as doing slow controlled stretches are common ways to stay active while pregnant. When you are pregnant with twins, doing those simple exercises may be more difficult, and as a result the nausea may worsen. Just do the best you can if you are in that situation. A little light exercise may be helpful enough to make the sickness more manageable.

Another way to help reduce sickness is to eat regularly, and avoid allowing the stomach to become empty. If you eat a few small meals throughout the day usually work better for most women than eating the big three.

How to prevent nausea and vomiting

Add some ginger supplements as well because that can help reduce the severity of sickness.

Certain smells can be a huge turn off while pregnant, and it could be worse when carrying twins. That in itself can increase sickness symptoms. On the flip side, you may have odd cravings too. The only real difference is that with two babies, the morning sickness might come more often than with one, and this can present even more problems with being able to eat anything.

However, if you find yourself not being able to keep anything down at all no matter what you try, then you will have to go to the ER for an IV to stay hydrated.

Some women can develop a serious maternal illness called hyperemesis gravidarum which is severe nausea and vomiting that is uncontrollable. A twin pregnancy can increase the odds of that happening, so be sure to keep an eye on that. If that is the case then hospitalization is going to be necessary. That can go well into the second trimester, or in the worst cases- hyperemesis gravidarum can last throughout the pregnancy.

Increased Weight Gain

You may be lucky enough to not have pregnancy sickness so bad to the point that you cannot eat, or if you did, it has ended in the second trimester. Then you will find that your appetite is insatiable.

Weight gain for a single pregnancy is normally 25-30 pounds, but for a twin pregnancy it is around 40 lbs. Really, the higher the better. Unlike with a singleton, your weight gain directly affects being able to carry two full-term healthy weight babies.

And you need to eat a lot of protein!!

You need 140-150 grams of protein for a twin pregnancy. This is difficult to achieve likely without daily protein shakes – they have them at every health food store, so stock up and take your protein intake seriously. Studies have shown keeping this kind of daily protein intake up can result in twins weighing at least 7 lbs apiece. The more they weigh, the less complications will arise with the babies.

protein and its benefits to twin pregnancy

Premature Labor

When you are carrying twins, you may be delivering sooner than 40 weeks. Unless you take seriously the protein intake and taking it easy during pregnancy on self-imposed bed rest. The fact is, carrying twins is heavy on your cervix.

So the less you are on your feet in your second to third trimester, the better. Really.

In fact a baby born sooner than 37 weeks is considered to be premature, and over 60% of twins are porn preterm because most women do not adhere to these few simple rules. However, the good news is that most premature deliveries occur after 34 weeks. Therefore, complications due to being premature are quite unlikely, and the babies will likely be healthy.

However, deliveries before 34 weeks, especially those before 32 weeks, can result in low birth weight, and increased risks of permanent disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disability, hearing or vision problems.

Be Prepared for Frequent Appointments with your OBGYN

Because having a twin pregnancy increases the risks of complications as noted above, you will be seeing your OBGYN more often for close monitoring and frequent ultrasounds. That means you will be having plenty of ultrasounds.

If you are well aware of the ugly sides and risks that can come up during a twin pregnancy, but you still want to conceive those twins- best of luck and enjoy those twins if successfully conceived!

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.