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post #21 of 66
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Dr. Steinman found that women who become pregnant while breastfeeding are nine times more likely to conceive twins than women who are not breastfeeding at the time of conception
I was also breastfeeding when I got pregnant. It seems like lots of mamas here were as well. Also, I don't believe in the skipping a generation thing, either. From what I understand there is a gene that causes some women to release more than one egg during ovulation and that gene is passed down through generations. My great-grandmother had twins and then there were none until me.
post #22 of 66
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gemelos - was it your great-gm on your mother or father's side?

Like I said my maternal grandmother was a fraternal twin, but my great-grandmother on my father's side had two sets of twins I believe.
post #23 of 66
My DD stopped nursing completely in March, I got PG in April and felt 2 distinct ovulatory pains, one in each side. I figured the second one must have been something else b/c my CF had already dried up. I guess that means in the last 5+ years I have only been not bfing or PG for a total of 1 month b/c I got PG w/ #2 while BFing. Maybe my body didn't know what to do and just kinda spazzed out? BTW< twins do not run in either of our families that we know of. There are a couple of sets way back, like Great, great-grandparents, but nothing in the last 100 years I think that sometimes women just happen to O twice.

Oh, and my Dr also told me that stress can affect it (my DD was in the hospital for 3 days, it was stressful that month!)
post #24 of 66
Fraternal twins can be passed through the maternal line - if you inherit a tendency to ovulate multiple eggs per month. I ovulated three eggs each month that I got pregnant with my singletons, luckily only one took each time.

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Originally Posted by Periwinkle View Post
I've retyped this a hundred times and I know it's still going to come out wrong, but... I don't know... just be careful what you wish for. Twins are really rare, I mean VERY rare in the natural human experience. There's a reason for that. It's easy to get all daydreamy about twins but it's extremely hard for the fantasy to come close to the reality for many, many mamas. Best of luck to you either way.
I always wanted to have twins... until I actually spoke to some twin mothers about what it's really like. :
post #25 of 66
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gemelos - was it your great-gm on your mother or father's side?

Like I said my maternal grandmother was a fraternal twin, but my great-grandmother on my father's side had two sets of twins I believe.
I have no twins on my mother's side-they are all on my father's. It doesn't matter if they come from your mother or father's side. A father can pass that gene on to his daughters so that they may have twins, but a man cannot increase the chance's of his wife having twins. Does that make sense?

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I always wanted to have twins... until I actually spoke to some twin mothers about what it's really like.
No need to use the raining smilie! Twins are a blessing and they are worth all the extra work, tears, and stress. I prayed for twins and I would be honored to have another set. The best things in life do not come easy.
post #26 of 66
I, too, am amazed when people who actually have kids want twins. I hope you get them! They are pretty great. A lot of work, but really great. I'll send you some two egg vibes!

Mine are from IVF, so that doesn't help you out.

I've heard that yams act like Clomid, are antiestrogenic, and leads to multiple ovulations. I think they have to be actual yams, though, which can be hard to find in the US.
post #27 of 66
Yams.

At least, that's what I've heard...

Anyway, dentical twins in the family have no bearing on whether you are more likely to have twins or not. That's pure chance. However, fraternal twins in the immediate matilineal line (ie...your mom) or other matrilineal ancestors does have a bearing. Seems obvious...if you're predisposed to release two or more eggs at a time, well, obviously, you're more likely to have twins.

The "skips a generation" part comes because if your PATERNAL side has twins (grandma had frat. twins)obviously, your dad doesn't ovulate, but he CAN pass that tendency down to his daughters. So, it may very well have a "skipping" effect.

My husband has fraternal twins on BOTH sides of his family (both grandmas had fraternal twins, and there are more in more distant branches). My daughter was the survivor of an early twin miscarriage (which is the first in my side of the family as far as we know) God help our daughter.
post #28 of 66
I never wished for twins. Never. I figured if it happened I'd deal with it. So far it's not too bad. But seeing Zadee's video of her twin tantrum scares the crap out of me... what do I have to look forward to!?!?

How did we end up with twins? I don't know. Not knowing identical/fraternal makes it more of a mystery. I was bfing duing that time. But I'm young. I did ovulate much later in my cycle than what is usual.
post #29 of 66
Thread Starter 
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The "skips a generation" part comes because if your PATERNAL side has twins (grandma had frat. twins)obviously, your dad doesn't ovulate, but he CAN pass that tendency down to his daughters. So, it may very well have a "skipping" effect.
WOW, is that so! I like what I am hearing.

So, in summary, my paternal grandma had siblings who were twins AND my maternal grandmother was a twin. I have already had 3 children and I will turn 37 in the Fall. Lots of pluses. Now I have to convince DH to try for another when my DS turns 3.
post #30 of 66
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Originally Posted by katheek77 View Post
Anyway, dentical twins in the family have no bearing on whether you are more likely to have twins or not. That's pure chance.
Not true! I used to think this too, but in fact identicals do run in some families. Has to do with a gene that determines how/when blastocysts or something split. I think it's so fascinating. One mama on this forum - is it 1Plus2 maybe?? (I'm bad at remembering usernames ) - knows a TON about the biology of twinning. It's very cool!
post #31 of 66
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Not true! I used to think this too, but in fact identicals do run in some families. Has to do with a gene that determines how/when blastocysts or something split. I think it's so fascinating. One mama on this forum - is it 1Plus2 maybe?? (I'm bad at remembering usernames ) - knows a TON about the biology of twinning. It's very cool!
: It used to be a commonly accepted fact that identicals were just pure chance but now that is being challenged. I met a lady at the mall who has over 25 sets of identical twins in her family in, plus identical triplets. Don't think that is just chance!
post #32 of 66
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I bought some yams today. Then I bouoght some actual yucca root, (cassava) since that is what they eat in Nigeria where they did the study about high rates of twins. I wonder how much I should eat for the next 6 months.
post #33 of 66
I'm pretty sure yucca is a staple, so they probably eat it at least daily.

I didn't think yucca was implicated in fertility though, as it is a staple (called cassava, mandioca or other names) in many parts of the world that do not have high rates of twinning. The yucca here is really waxy and nowhere near as tasty as it is when fresh (according to dh who was a Peace Corps volunteer in a country where it was a staple.)
post #34 of 66
What do you think twins will give you that a singleton will not? Why the intense focus on getting pregnant with twins? If it's meant to be, it's meant to be, kwim? (And from everything I've read about yams and yucca, it is highly questionable whether they have anything to do with twinning at all, as another poster said, they are more thought to be just a confounding variable.)
post #35 of 66
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Originally Posted by Periwinkle View Post
What do you think twins will give you that a singleton will not? Why the intense focus on getting pregnant with twins?
With all due respect to the OP, this is always my thought when these threads pop up. But then I read posts from people who always thought they would have twins, have twins and say they would gladly do it again, and I think maybe there are people who are constitutionally better suited to mother twins than I am (actually I am sure that is true), so who am I to question.

I really agree with this from Kathryn (I don't know how to use quote boxes for multiple quotes):

"As much as I love having multiples and the fun and just hilarious life that goes with it, I feel they are missing out on so much. I wish that I could give them the life I wanted to. I could've if I'd had them one at a time."

I know that things wouldn't automatically be easy or perfect if there was just one (I had a very high needs singleton), so I don't dwell on this, but it does make it hard for me to understand idealizing having twins.
post #36 of 66
I think I understand the idealization/allure in general. Twins are mysterious and figure heavily into mythology, ect. (not to mention some of the unintentionally hilarious stuff that you can read in fiction, ect.)

I dunno, like everything else...it's never what you expect. Not too many people have their dream experience with a singleton either. I used to feel some degree of anxiety when I would have random people gush to me about how they really wanted twins someday or were going to do everything possible to have them (and oh, by the way, are your twins NATURAL?). Now...eh. It's not all that much different from people who dream about how their singleton is going to be, put together a wish list for a boy or a girl or what color hair/eyes they want, ect. Everyone should have a chance to dream, and the vast majority of people are going to be happy with whatever turns out even if it's not what they were absolutely hoping for.

But I, like previous PP, never really thought about or pre-desired twins. For awhile, because of my mixed feelings on the issue during my pregnancy, and sheer exhaustion for the first year of their lives, the gushers would unintentionally cause me pain with their gushing, which made all the other typical foot-in-mouth questions worse. 4 years out, I'm glad I have the boys and can't imagine life any other way, but I do wish they'd gotten the same one on one experience for awhile that their sister did. But does any parent and family have exactly the experience for/with their kid(s) that they wanted? I don't think so. But it can still turn out pretty damn good.
post #37 of 66
I've always felt at some point in my life I will have twins. If it happens great if not thats ok too. I do think it would be interesting though if DH and I were to get pregnant. My sisters are twins and his grandpa was a twin on his moms side and there are also twins on his dads side.
post #38 of 66
Well, I can't speak for the OP but I know MY reasons for desperately wanting twins - I was a nanny for fraternal twin girls back when I was in my 20's, and I just had a BLAST with those girls! (of course, they were 9mos old when I started caring for them so I skipped all the challenging newborn months) And I loved watching the special relationship they had with each other.

I have prayed for twins ever since (for oh, about 15 years...) And so far have been blessed with DS and another singleton on the way. I'm already 39 years old, so I guess if I have more kids after this my chances will be even greater to conceive twins, but at this point I'm not sure if I want any more kids. I'm really on the fence now, I still have that desire for twins but I'm not certain I'll want to go through the "newborn experience" in my 40's, I'm already so tuckered out! But I'm letting the jury stay out until I've gotten through the newborn stage with this one.

(sorry to hijack)
post #39 of 66
My great great grandmother had 6 kids, then a set of triplets (in 1906) who survived 2-3 days. She then went on to have another singleton and finished with a set of fraternal twins at 41 who lived. Her oldest daughter was my great grandma who had 3 girls. My grandma had 3 kids then a set of fraternal twins at 40. So far no twins in my generation, but since fewer of us our still having kids n our 40's, it might not happen at all.


Also off to buy yams...for a friend
post #40 of 66
Twins run strongly on my maternal side. Unfortunately, mine (born at 31 weeks) are the first set in recent memory to survive. Thank god for modern medicine, crash c-sections, blood banks, and NICUs, eh? :
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