Increase Your Chances of Having Twins

on Aug 19, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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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!


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.

  • sucess

    right tubal blockage and left hydrosalpinx with perifimbrial adhesions what drug will i use,
    i have been married for 3 yrs not pregnant.and i need twins.

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  • JCS

    I am a mother of 6 and would like to try for twins. I’m black and twins does not run in my family. My paternal grandmother had 11 single births and my maternal grandmother had 6 single births. My husband wants twin boys. Yams and dairy are a regular part of my diet. I am 5’11” and 36 years old. Is there anything else we can do to push the odds?

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  • Pink

    Hie for hw long do I take folic acid tablets before I get pregnant bcz I want twins

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  • karina

    I have been taking cassava supplements and I wanted to start the concieveeasy vitamins but I’m not sure if its safe to take both at the same time, can you please advice me. Thank you

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  • Kayla Walker

    I am a quadrupled and am just wondering what my chances are of conceiving a multiple like twins or so on. We(my sister’s and I) are all identical and all girls my parents did not use fertility drugs to get us either and my mother’s side of the family has had many different multiple births.

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  • MommieForTwo

    I’m 24 years old and have two children with my husband. I’ve always wanted my children to be close at age. There is 1 year and 9 months between our children, and we tried to conceive for 7 months until I got pregnant the second time. We want to get our children while we still are somewhat young.
    Anyhow, I have always wanted twins – which metode would you recommend for us?

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  • Cristy

    I only did one dosage of the depo shot and I was due again I believe in August. Today is October 2 and I have not done any other kind of birth control. I also haven’t stopped spotting from the depo so I know im not ovulating. Can this conceive easy help me??

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  • Diana Anyigbavor

    I had i miscarriage and have since not been pregnant pls help me

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  • A

    Hello my husband and I really want twins . We want two babies so we don’t have to go threw process again because I’m 36 and getting old. I always wanted twins also and have a friend with twins. What can I take to increase my chances for having twins? I really just want to be sure that I do have twins.

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  • Toyin Adeola

    At the moment, I’m having a coil implant. How soon should I get it removed to be able to use clomid as I want to start trying for twins soonest?

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  • Joy

    Hi. My hubby and I waited until the day I ovulated to ttc. (poor timing on my part) Is it still possible that I could be pregnant ? That was only 8 days ago, no symptoms or anything, just very hopeful!

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  • Kapri Mámíchulá Cortez

    Hi I’m 31 and on the birth control shot. On my moms side both uncles had twins, my great aunt and my sister had identical twins! What are my chances in having twins and what works best??

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  • Izzy Benoit

    I have one child and I would like to have twins it runs in my family on my mothers side but when my grandmother was pregnant for twins she lost them when she was 5 months pregnant do I still have a chance for twins

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