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My mother's father is a twin. (He's also adopted so we don't know ANYTHING about the rest of his natural family) He parented all single children and none of his grandchildren are multiples (still follow the line of thought?)<br><br>
My mother is ADAMANT that the "multiple birth gene" runs in families and "skips a generation." This would put me, my brother, and my cousins in the running for possible multiple births. Thus far, everyone has singles.<br><br>
My DH thinks my mother is crazy and says it doesn't work like that.<br><br><br>
So I thought I'd get perspective from those that actually HAVE multiples.
 

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From what I've heard, there is an inherited trait of releasing two eggs at once. But that can only come through the mother. So, assuming the dad got the trait from his mom, he could pass it along to daughters. But no guy with the family history will contribute to the chance of having twins. Hope that makes sense!<br><br>
Fraternals can be spontaneous too, and identicals are generally a random event.<br><br>
I've got a family history of twins, on both my mom and dad's sides. But my mom's side didn't count, since the twins were her brother's kids. He had no part in the twinning. My dad's sister on the other hand, could have shared a gene with me.<br><br>
But no, my twins turned out to be identical!
 

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I was a twin and am having twins...<br>
So the skip a generation thing sounds like a load of hooey to me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Nope, no twins in either side of my family tree for a while back. My Gma did geneology so I'm fairly sure at least for two generations. None of my 3 uncles and 1 aunt on mom's side has them. Grandma nor any of her siblings. Grandpa was an only. Pretty sure the generation before was also twin free.<br><br>
I'm just a freak. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Either it ran on my DH's side (we have twin nephews and he has twin cousins) or it doesn't run in the family. I know of no twins on my side for as far back as I can remember.<br><br>
For me, I think it was weaning DS, I got PG within two weeks of his last nursing session. I think my hormones were just out of whack. I'm not sure if they're identical or fraternal but that seems the most likely guess.
 

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It does run in families, but only on the moms side and doesn't necessarily 'skip' a generation.<br><br>
Its just genetics: some women will ovulate more than one egg, and that characteristic is genetic. Such a thing can't 'skip' a generation...you have it or you don't.<br><br>
What it also means is that only fraternal twins can run in families. Identicals are just luck.
 
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