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any tips for conceiving twins?

post #1 of 34
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my husband and i would really love to have twins one day, besides ART, are there any other ideas about increasing your chances of conceiving multiples on your own we could try?
post #2 of 34
Other than fertility treatments/ART (or retroactively changing your genetic family history, LOL) I don't think there's anything you can do to increase the chance of twins
post #3 of 34
no offence intended, but I so don't understand this...people actually *want* twins?

hmm...eat a lot of yams? African yams, not sweet potatoes. There's some idea that that increases twinning rates in some tribes...but I forget, it may be discounted.
um, can't think of anything else, except to be careful what you wish for ;-)
post #4 of 34
I really can't help you, but here are some fun anecdotes:

I've heard of people conceiving twins after having been on birth control pills for a long time- something about your ovaries having a celebratory release party.

In my case, my husband went out of the country for a month, my body waited 3 weeks beyond normal ovulation time to cycle as a coming home gift to DH, and then our spunky little zygote split into two. So I guess you could send your DH out of the country for a while (could be worth it, twins or not ).
post #5 of 34
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Originally Posted by mama_tigress View Post
no offence intended, but I so don't understand this...people actually *want* twins?

hmm...eat a lot of yams? African yams, not sweet potatoes. There's some idea that that increases twinning rates in some tribes...but I forget, it may be discounted.
um, can't think of anything else, except to be careful what you wish for ;-)

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you could try praying too: see thread on praying for twins!!! but do make sure you're VERY aware of above point in bold

gah, actually in a good moment i feel like i could have another two sets; but that is definitely NOT A PRAYER :
post #6 of 34
you and dh could come take a shower at my house, worked for us
post #7 of 34
Try sex. It worked for me!

These threads
post #8 of 34
I'm fairly sure that Breckenridge, CO has extra fertility/zygote-splittin' vibes goin' on, too!
post #9 of 34
We conceived ours the first cycle postpartum after I'd been nursing. Month 8. Seems my ovaries got a little over zealous!
post #10 of 34
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Originally Posted by DoomaYula View Post
Try sex. It worked for me!

These threads
it's beause you've seen 6 years worth of them

post #11 of 34
Might I suggest what worked for me:

First, be over 30. I'm old.

Second, take lots of folic acid.

Third, have a bunch of older kids to make you insane when you're preggo with twins, and to totally take advantage of your sleep-deprived condition once you are dealing with two newborns.

And finally, careful what you wish for! It's usually only moms of singletons or women who don't have children yet who wish for twins, without having ANY clue what they're getting into!!

Good luck!
post #12 of 34
Heh.

I know quite a few moms like me who conceived twins in close spacing while still exclusively nursing their older child. I've met even more through here, for me to think that close spacing doesn't have SOME kind of impact.
post #13 of 34
I can't imagine why anyone would voluntarily sign on to parent multiples. Seriously. I love my guys, of course I do, but being pregnant with multiples is so hard on your body, there are so many more risks for the babies themselves, and geez, having two newborns at once is ROUGH.
post #14 of 34
I do think there's "something" about multiples that appeals to people's fantasies/dreams.

Outing myself as a gamer geek here, but when I did online roleplaying it seemed like twins were popping out EVERYWHERE (normally boy/girl...I mean, why decide on a gender when you can have two?). When I was a girl, I knew lots of people who already picked out their kids names (all rhyming, or starting with the same letter or somesuch) and most of those friends also had tons of twins names just in case.

You practically can't spit without hitting a twin in fantasy novels, they're in a lot of folklore, pop TV, ect. A lot of people are intrigued by the "psychic aspects", there's even a astrological sign with twins in it (and this from a time when twins were not necessarily seen as great omens!).

I do think that to many people there's that aspect (subconscious or overt) to the twin thing. And then there really are people who honestly do think that 'getting it over with all at once' is easiest. I have had friends tell me that, and they aren't stupid or thoughtless, they just...have no point of reference.

Of course, I also know one twin mom who really would like multiples again. She knows I think she's a little though, but she'd do great.
post #15 of 34
Well, not that I'd advise this method, but apparently getting pregnant the cycle after a miscarriage increases your odds of multiples. Although no one told us until after the fact.
post #16 of 34
We conceived ours the first cycle postpartum after I'd been nursing. Month 8. Seems my ovaries got a little over zealous!
YIKES!!! My girls are hitting 8 months on the 26th. I'm never having sex again!!!!!! (just kidding, but not too far fetched as there ain't MUCH going on here )
Okay, what I've heard (who knows if this is true), but a diet rich in carbs and a previous miscarriage. Who would want that?? Otherwise, do something silly like me and write in your journal that you want 3 kids (when you have one), and that you know that "will never happen" as your DH was hardly going to go for a second, let alone a third.........
post #17 of 34
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Originally Posted by skybluepink02 View Post
Well, not that I'd advise this method, but apparently getting pregnant the cycle after a miscarriage increases your odds of multiples. Although no one told us until after the fact.
This is what happened to me too..
post #18 of 34
Well, I once read that being under and very significant stress could cause MZ twinning. Once I was pregnant with MZ twins, I could no longer find a source for this information.

But that was the case for me! Maybe it played a role? Pretty extreme measure to go to, though! LOL
post #19 of 34
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Originally Posted by kalynnsmom View Post
This is what happened to me too..
yep, me too, but I did wonder about the folic acid, as I'd been taking that for the previous baby who didn't make it.
post #20 of 34
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I can't imagine why anyone would voluntarily sign on to parent multiples. Seriously. I love my guys, of course I do, but being pregnant with multiples is so hard on your body, there are so many more risks for the babies themselves, and geez, having two newborns at once is ROUGH.
yeah, that! when they twins were babies and random strangers would gush over them and say how much they wanted twins dh and i always said "no, you don't." i wouldn't trade them for the world, of course, and i positively love watching their relationship grow and change, but yeah....not easy.
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