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Poll Results: Do you have other multiples in your family?

 
  • 41% (16)
    Yes, in recent generations
  • 28% (11)
    Yes, but more than a generation ago
  • 30% (12)
    Not at all
39 Total Votes  
post #21 of 32
So it seems pretty well accepted that fraternal twins run in families. I've always heard that they "skip a generation". Any thoughts on that while answering the OP (I'm not really intending to hijack, but thought it was pretty closely related)?

My mom was a fraternal twin (her brother was stillborn), and neither she nor her sisters have had twins (six kids between them - I don't know about my aunt's miscarriages, she had many of them before her son was born so maybe there could have been twins? She just quit telling anyone about her pregnancies until she was pretty far along. )

If the "skip a generation" thing is true I'm next in line. I have always felt drawn to this forum...

There are lots of girls in our family too, and only one boy. Both my youngest sister and I have had dreams of twin girls, though neither of us are in the position to be getting pregnant any time soon.
post #22 of 32
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by AmyAngel
So it seems pretty well accepted that fraternal twins run in families. I've always heard that they "skip a generation". Any thoughts on that while answering the OP (I'm not really intending to hijack, but thought it was pretty closely related)?
I have actually wondered what "skip a generation" means... like I said, my gma was a twin, but no one of that gen had twins, or the next (my mom's)... so does it mean that my mom's gen has been skipped entirely, as in, not being twins OR having twins (which would set me up), or does it just mean that twins don't generally have twins themselves? (in which case we're beyond that)

Good question, Amy! I also wanted to tell you I loved your answer on the babysitter post on the other board!!
post #23 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by devonc
I have actually wondered what "skip a generation" means... like I said, my gma was a twin, but no one of that gen had twins, or the next (my mom's)... so does it mean that my mom's gen has been skipped entirely, as in, not being twins OR having twins (which would set me up), or does it just mean that twins don't generally have twins themselves? (in which case we're beyond that)

Good question, Amy! I also wanted to tell you I loved your answer on the babysitter post on the other board!!
I've always understood the "skip a generation" to mean, Grandma has twins, mom doesn't, I do, my kids don't, their kids do...
But I suppose it doesn't have to be exactly that.

And thanks ! I was a bit reluctant to post the babysitter post, as I don't actually have a child yet, but as a former babysitter/childcare provider hoped it would be helpful.
post #24 of 32
Thread Starter 
Bummer. Well, maybe I'll get lucky

I am in the same boat-- no kids but loads of childcare experience... I think it is definitely a great perspective to add!!!
post #25 of 32
fraternal twins in maternal grandparents, and then again another 2 generations back.

I only have one ovary and I got frats - so there. lol
post #26 of 32
My maternal grandmother was a fraternal twin, the older one.

She was born at home in 1905.

She had two girls eight years apart.

My mother was the older one. My mom had nine children, all single births; 2 boys, 7 girls.

My mom's younger sister had nine children also. Her number 5+6 were fraternal twin boys, and one of the the twins died at birth. She had 6 boys and 3 girls.

So, yes, I have twins on my mom's side of the family, and they seem to skip a generation, and alternate sexes. My grandchildren or great nieces and nephews will see twin girls, correct?, if the pattern continues.
post #27 of 32
Only one set of twins known in my family and they were the siblings of my paternal grandfather. They were either still born or died in infancy.

In addition to a woman being genetically predisposed to releasing multiple eggs, haven't they started to believe/discover that as women age their bodies begin releasing multiple eggs to help insure that at least one egg gets fertilized and becomes a baby? Anyone else read this? I've heard over thirty and over thirty-five. It makes sense to me. Most of the people I know with twins happen to be in their thirties, me included.
post #28 of 32
Just an FYI on the twins skipping a generation myth. Twins (or the likelyhood of twins) will skip a generation if the twin gene is carried on the paternal line. For example if your father was a twin the "twin gene" would not cause your mother to ovulate 2 eggs so it is likely that your father will not have twins, but his daughters will carry the "twin gene" increasing the odds of having twins, therefore skipping a generation.

Info is from the John Hopkins twins study on generational mz twinning.
post #29 of 32
Thread Starter 
Thank you for finally clearing that up for me!! I never understood it.
post #30 of 32
My cousins (7 months older than me) on my maternal side are twins. Well, technically triplets, but Sarah died three months after birth. They were born 3 months premature and were in incubators for about 4-5 months.

My maternal grandmother was also a twin.
post #31 of 32
Totally OT, but welcome Jessica!

I've been lurking here for a couple years, and a member for nearly a year, and it will be at least another 12-18 months (or more, the way things are going) before I'll be a mom. I think this is a great place to learn ahead of time!
post #32 of 32
Yup, dz twins run on the maternal side (so your dh's family would have no bearing on whether you would have dz twins). Also, age is a big factor for dz twins, the older you get (especially over 35) the higher your chances of dropping multiple eggs during one cycle.
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