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post #21 of 70
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Originally Posted by Jster View Post
I always thought that twins were referred to as maternal or paternal? Maternal being the two eggs and paternal being the egg splitting into two zygotes?
It's fraternal (2 eggs) and identical (1 egg)

or more accurately (because twins who began as 1 egg are not truly "identical") dizygotic or DZ (2 eggs) and monozygotic or MZ (1 egg)

post #22 of 70
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Originally Posted by Jster View Post
I always thought that twins were referred to as maternal or paternal? Maternal being the two eggs and paternal being the egg splitting into two zygotes?
Two eggs joining two sperm makes fraternal twins.
One egg joining one sperm and then splitting in two makes identical twins.

Sorry, there are no maternal or paternal twins.
But, I guess the confusion could be that twins can run on either the paternal or maternal side.

My favorite:
I've got my babies dressed in pink and blue (always given as gifts) and I'm still asked 'oh, are they twins', then 'are they a boy and girl', then 'oh, so are they identical', then 'well, how do you tell them apart?' I think I get this every time we go out! It always makes me chuckle inside.
post #23 of 70
: What a nutty question.

We get asked all the time if our boys are triplets. My oldest is very small for his age so I guess I can see where the confusion comes from. Depending on my mood I either say yes, or yes but there's 22 months between the first and the other two, or no can't you tell one is about 2 years older then the other two.
post #24 of 70
Maternal is mother's side(female/mother). Paternal is father's side(male/father). You can have identical twins or fraternal twins.
post #25 of 70
So now I have a question that is probably dumb...

when one egg splits and is fertilized by two sperm are they still just considered fraternal or is there a special term for that? And how would one know that happened?
post #26 of 70
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Originally Posted by mommymaemae View Post
So now I have a question that is probably dumb...

when one egg splits and is fertilized by two sperm are they still just considered fraternal or is there a special term for that? And how would one know that happened?
There is a special term for these types of twins but I forgot the word. I worked with a girl and she and her twin sister were this type of twins. They looked very similar but I don't know if that's always the case. If I remember the term I'll come back and let you know, lol!
post #27 of 70
I think the term for one egg splitting then being fertilized by two sperm is polar twinning...? But, I thought that they had not proven that can actually happen? They had theorized it was possible, but never proven it...?

It was also my understanding that twins running on the father's side is irrelevant. The mother produces two eggs in the case of fraternal twins before the sperm ever shows up so twins on the father's side would not make a difference. And I had always heard that identicals were just a random thing with no proven link to running in anyone's family. It sounds like other people have heard differently - I would love to read that info. I am always trying to learn more about my girls! (not trying to challenge anyone - this is just what I have read - I would love to learn more if others have read differently)
post #28 of 70
I don't have twins but I love reading in here I just had a funny situation in our family.

"It was also my understanding that twins running on the father's side is irrelevant"

I believe this to be true but two of my male (first)cousins have naturally/no fertility intervention occuring tripplets with their so's within this last year(one set is due soon). So cute!
post #29 of 70
Wow - makes it hard to believe that twins on dad's side doesn't matter! Congrats to all of them.
post #30 of 70
Nah, they're quads, and you lost one. I'd love to see that on candid camera!
post #31 of 70
i had friends in high school who are triplets (a set of identical twins and another), all girls. their mom used to answer questions by saying "no there's just one . . . . (turn around and look at them) huh. well there was just one when we left home this morning, i wonder where these other two came from."
post #32 of 70
My older two are 2 years apart and I've always been asked if they are twins. Now I get asked if I have 2 sets of twins. The girls look like they are sisters, but no way twins, IMO. The oldest one is a good 4 inches taller than her sister. One time a girl was eyeballing the twins (who are b/g and look nothing alike, btw) and i could see the gears rolling around and finally she says, "how far apart are they?" and I said, "oh, about 8 minutes." And she gave me this look of total confusion. I said, "They are twins." Forehead smack.

None of the twin comments I've recieved can top the one my friend and I got when my dd #2 was first born. She was about 7 or 8 months pg with her ds and holding my newborn dd in a store. She was VERY big and very obviously pg. Somebody came up and asked her how oldher baby was, lol. She's like, 'um... she's not my baby but she is x weeks old...'
post #33 of 70
Very soon after my mom gave birth to my brother she still had a post-preg belly and she was holding him while a woman admired him (he was just a couple of weeks old)... then the woman looked at my mom's belly and said "and you have another bun in the oven!" Gee whiz-- people say the dumbest things and they don't even realize it!
post #34 of 70
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Originally Posted by Apricot View Post
Nah, they're quads, and you lost one. I'd love to see that on candid camera!
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Originally Posted by sophiekat View Post
i had friends in high school who are triplets (a set of identical twins and another), all girls. their mom used to answer questions by saying "no there's just one . . . . (turn around and look at them) huh. well there was just one when we left home this morning, i wonder where these other two came from."
I am so stealing these!

Once a friend an d Iwere at the mall. She had the double stroller and I had 1 in the sling. All 2 were in GN outfits but has bows. We kept getting asked if this one or that one was a boy so I checked and yes, the bows were still on all their heads!

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Originally Posted by sunshinebabies3 View Post
Mimid--are you on the triplet connection?
No, but I keep adding boards I visit so who knows!
post #35 of 70
I must be lucky as I haven't had any really stupid questions/comments (yet), and only one really horrible remark. We were in a store with my 2 older boys aged 5 and 3 and our twin boys, some guy said to me 'you must be a glutton for punishment' I said 'it's not a punishment' and he then said 'come back and tell me that in 5 years'. Ughh I could have slapped his face if I was the violent type, I didn't tell him I had one at school too.

Generally people have been really really nice, saying how lucky we are and what a blessing it is, etc etc.
post #36 of 70
My favorite:

someone asked if the boys were ID or not (they have different colored eyes for starters....). I said "no," and tried to move on. The person continued and said: "Well, if they aren't ID, then one *could* have been a girl!"

I tried to walk away but couldn't let it go. So I said: "One could have a puppy too...but he wasn't."

I didn't stick around fora reaction.
post #37 of 70
Oh, we've gotten some bad bad bad comments. Really bad. We always get the "um, you popped those out?" kind of things. Very rude things. I think out of all the comments we get, and we get a lot as I'm sure you know, 85% or so are rude.
post #38 of 70
Mimid, what other boards are there? I'm part of the apmultiples, triplet connection, tripletsclub (yahoo), twinstripletsandmore (yahoo), and I think that's it. I'm trying to join my local multiples club, but they won't e-mail me back.
post #39 of 70
Someone asked me yesterday if my twins were biological? I still don't know what that means but I told her yes.
post #40 of 70
How about "are they real twins?" I'm not sure how to answer that one. Maybe I should say well one is fake and one is real. :
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