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twins run in my family on my dad side. my grandma had 3 sets of twins! ALL NATURALLY - 14 kids in total!!!! LOL!!! Now there's a trooper!

Anyway, I've always dreamed of having twins - one shot and that's it ( selfishly, so i only have to be pregnant once - yes! I know its silly).

So I was wondering if there are any supplements, old wives' tales, ANYTHING, natural that is thought to help in conceiving twins.

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ETA: no one in my dad's generation had twins.. and i know they say twins skip a generation. none of my cousins or siblings have had twins.. so am hoping that i can be the one.

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pray pray pray...i'll say a prayer for you also!! hope u get u'r twins! ps. I always thought I wanted twins until I got pregs...I was HUGE and wondered how my stomach could stretch anymore! That was during the pregnancy...now I'm thinking again it might be fun! My husband reminded me just last night how I kept saying "i'm sooooooooo glad it's not twins", as I was huge and tired! LOTS of women do it though and love it!
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I saw a special on this today and there is nothing you can do naturally. You can take clomid, but that would be irresponsible unless you needed it. If twins is really what you want, then all I can suggest is Prayer

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Have you heard of the Shettles method? (I'm pretty sure that's what it's called) It's named after some doctor who believes that you can conceive a boy or girl depending on when you DTD nearing ovulation. Maybe the dr. has a twin suggestion! LOL! I always thought it was a bit farfetched, but I'm sure there are some mamas on here who would swear it gave them the son/daugher they wanted!

My MIL was a twin, so since it skipped a generation in our family too, I could be in for twins. Thinking back to the newborn days (and nights) I think one baby is enough, although twins must have such an amazing bond, it would be very cool to be a part of that.

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I saw a special on this today and there is nothing you can do naturally. You can take clomid, but that would be irresponsible unless you needed it. If twins is really what you want, then all I can suggest is Prayer
ITA .. that would be sooo octo-mom! no thank you!

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I would LOVE to have twins, it is somewhere in BF's family. That would be so exciting

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I think twins would be fun too!
I have an identical twin sister, my grandma was a twin and my boyfriend's grandma was a twin... I am not sure how big a part genetics plays in swinging the balance though, LOL!
I have read that older woman have an increased chance of conceiving twins, that certainly was the case for my Mum, she was 40 when she had us!
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I, personally, do not believe in the whole "generation skip" claim.

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Things that are supposed to increase the chances -

Family history (of fraternal, not identical, and on the mother's side, not the father's)
Being older (some say over 30, some say 35)
Being slightly overweight
Nursing while conceiving (well, not at the MOMENT of conception... )

Clomid increases the odds of multiples SLIGHTLY. Usually multiples come from injectable meds. Until octo-mom the crazy high multiples came from injectables and IUI, not IVF.

One downside to multiples now is I can't tell you how many freaking times I hear people start talking about octomom after I walk by. Thank you octomom. :

As for the whole "only have to be pregnant once" - being pregnant is so great... being able to devote yourself 100% to your newborn and infant is so great... to me, that's not a great deal. I want one more... and ONLY one... if I got more then one I'd deal, no matter how many... but I hope for only one. There's a lot to be said for having only one.

No problem hoping - but don't shortchange the one at a time experience.

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I've heard that taking Wild Yam can up your chances ever so slightly.
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Rinner Duck - I was at "Nursing while conceiving (well, not at the MOMENT of conception..."


Having twins is due to hyperovulation and I believe that is what skips a generation. The gene to hyperovulate. It's mostly by chance and only for fraternal twins. Identical is completely by chance since it's only if an egg splits. I could be wrong abut the hyperovulationg. Seem like I remember something saying it "seems" to skip a generation because if a couple has fraternal twins, but they only have boys, then of course that generation won't have any (since it runs through the female). But the father could carry the gene to pass onto to other females, so if that couples sons had girls, then their daughters could have twins.

My grandmother had fraternal twins, and now my cousin found out she's having natural triplets; one set identical (she actually just lost one of them), and then a fraternal to them.

I too would love to have twins. Although, in my mind I feel like it's for "catch up" purposes after losing our son, and I really don't want to get sucked into that for my own mental health. ALthough, Dh always said he wanted "just" 3, and I've always wanted 4. So I figured if I had twins then I got to sneak in my forth. (terrible...i know.)

Wild yam, huh....... off to google.
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Having twins is due to hyperovulation and I believe that is what skips a generation. The gene to hyperovulate. It's mostly by chance and only for fraternal twins. Identical is completely by chance since it's only if an egg splits. I could be wrong abut the hyperovulationg. Seem like I remember something saying it "seems" to skip a generation because if a couple has fraternal twins, but they only have boys, then of course that generation won't have any (since it runs through the female). But the father could carry the gene to pass onto to other females, so if that couples sons had girls, then their daughters could have twins..
Nope, you're right. You inherit the tendency to ovulate more than one egg, which is why is has to be in the mom. You can get it from your mom or your dad, but if your husband's family has the trait, it won't help you. It's not like his sperm will send out little signals to your ovaries to give up more eggs.

I don't think there is any proof to that skipping a generation thing, though. Not sure of that.

It's actually a DEFECT which is why you are more likely to have twins if you are fat, old, or lactating - these things tend to mess with your hormone balance and keep what's normal from happening normally. Generally they make you infertile but I guess on the way to being infertile sometimes you are crazy fertile.

Given that I am over 30, somewhat overweight, and nursing twins... it would probably be just my luck to have twins, when I want one next time. I don't have the family history part, though - I used fertility meds, so who knows. (DH's family has identical twins and some of his family think that's why we have twins - we're not hiding anything, I think people just want to believe what they want to believe)

I wanted twins to make up for the gap between DS and the next child. I needed fertility meds, I wasn't trying for twins per say. I thought 2 together would make up for the gap. I got triplets, but doctors were very pushy about reducing due to "risks" - DH wanted to reduce - I did, and I regret, and I have serious issues because of it. So natural twins would in a way be a hilarious up yours to DH and the doctors... but still ... with all the perks there are to twins... I want a normal pregnancy, babyhood, etc and all for my final, if there is a final. (Well, if there's ANOTHER, I mean)

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Well, I'm 42, maybe I have a shot

BF wants twins too!

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My dad is a fraternal twin. And his mom, my paternal grandma, just recently told me she lost a set of twins at some point, too. Then she went on to adopt a set of twins So she raised 2 sets of twins and, assuming her story is accurate (she's been know to tell a tall tale...) she conceived 2 sets of twins. So who knows, maybe I'll end up with twins some day if I inherited the trait. I think it would be fun since my dad is a twin, but I also know, after having a singleton, that I'd have to do many things differently having 2 babies at once.

Sorry, I'm not really sure of any specific methods. I'd guess dtd as close to ovulation as possible (Isn't that what the Shettles method says?) and also, if you ever feel ovulation pain on one side or the other, pay attention and see if you ever feel it on both sides as I guess that would indicate you ovulated from both ovaries and could conceive fraternal twins.
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Re the myth that it skips a generation:

It seems this way sometimes because when the line of ovulators(women) is broken it can skip. For instance, a woman gives birth to only twin sons. The sons don't ovulate, so when they have a family, they wont necessarily have twins (unless it runs in their wives' families). But- if adults twin sons have daughters, those daughters more than likely have the ability to conceive twins.

Of course, this is only for fraternal twins anyway, since identical twins are a fluke of nature and can happen to any woman.
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I don't see how nursing while ttc increases your chance at twins. hwo does is that possible ?

My grandma(my moms mom) sister had twins(boy/boy) but one died at birth.

My mom was pregnant with twins in her 40's but that ended in the loss of 1 twin at 11wks she ended up with my sister who will turn 3 in july.

Hubby's mom is a twin(girl/boy)


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Things that are supposed to increase the chances -

Family history (of fraternal, not identical, and on the mother's side, not the father's)
Being older (some say over 30, some say 35)
Being slightly overweight
Nursing while conceiving (well, not at the MOMENT of conception... )
These are all me. LOL!
My father was a twin and his mom had brothers who were twins. On that side, I have cousins who are twins and I have a cousin who had twins. On my mom's side, ggma had 2 sets of twins. And incidentally, DH's mother is a twin.
I'm 38, slightly overweight and yes, nursing. I'm also half African American and there seems to be a high incidence of twinning in women of African descent.
I'm afraid. Really afraid!

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I don't see how nursing while ttc increases your chance at twins. hwo does is that possible ?
Well this is just my theory but like I mentioned... ovulating more than one egg is really a defect, not the ideal. We're meant to care for one infant at a time. So ideally every month one follicle wins the race and if we get pregnant it's with one baby. I think that if your hormones are a little wonky - as they can be if you are nursing (or old, or fat) - this mechanism might break down and two eggs might slip through. That's just my theory.

About the yam thing - I have read it can be used for birth control, too - http://www.sisterzeus.com/wildyam.htm - so I wouldn't go nuts taking a ton of it.

I think this goes with my theory of a defect - on the way to the hormones not allowing ovulation/conception to occur at all - they enter a realm where they are just a little messed up and let an extra egg slip through. Which seems kinda crazy but ... kinda makes sense.

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