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How To Increase Your Chances Of Twin Pregnancy

Twin pregnancy

Should having twins be left to chance only? Do you know there are certain things you can do to increase your chances of having twins? This article will look at the steps required to increase your chances of twin pregnancy – naturally and artificially. 

There are many misconceptions regarding how you can increase your chances of conceiving twins. Although there are no proven methods for increasing the chances of having twins, several factors can enhance the chances of this type of pregnancy.

According to the Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC), twin pregnancies have doubled in the last 40 years.

Questions like what to eat to get pregnant with twins, how to get pregnant with twins naturally, etc., will be answered in this blog post. 

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How to increase your chances of twin pregnancy naturally 

Now that you know it is possible to increase your chances of twin pregnancy let’s go over some important factors you have to consider. 

Family history 

If you or your spouse comes from a family of twins, you might be wondering if this would affect your chances of having twins or multiples. The answer is yes, but only in specific circumstances.

If you’re a woman with a family history of twins, you have a slightly increased probability of having twins. 

Usually, a mother’s side family history of twins boosts this possibility more than a father’s side family history. However, this is true only if you conceive the child without using reproductive treatments.

Weight 

You might be thinking: What has weight got to do with twin pregnancies? 

Heavier people are more likely to have twins than lighter ones: shocking truth, Maama.

So here’s the thing: Increased estrogen levels result from excess body fat, and higher estrogen levels might cause ovaries to overstimulate. 

When ovulating, your ovaries may produce two or more eggs instead of simply one. 

While the chances of having twins may increase, being overweight might also make it more difficult to conceive. This is indeed a bittersweet reality, phew.

Obesity has dangerous side effects attached to it, so be careful as you consider gaining excess weight. 

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You have higher chances in your 30s

When you’re beyond 30, you’re more likely to conceive twins. 

How is this even possible, you ask?

Well… this possibility stems from increased follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) production. This hormone controls the development of eggs in the ovaries.

Higher levels of FSH are needed as people age because egg development requires more stimulation. 

Your follicles may overreact to elevated FSH levels caused by reduced fertility. As a result, multiple eggs are released; as a result, resulting in multiple births.

Too much grammar? Accept my apologies, Maama. 

Find a partner with a history of twin pregnancies. 

Male identical twins’ children are more likely to have identical twins. 

Like I said earlier, you have a higher chance of twin pregnancy if you have fraternal twins in your lineage. 

When you and your spouse have a history of fraternal twins, the odds of conceiving twins increase even more.

Conception during breastfeeding 

Twin pregnancies are more likely when conception occurs while breastfeeding.

While breastfeeding, it is possible to become pregnant with twins. 

According to a study, the rate of twin pregnancies in non-breastfeeding women was 1.1 percent, which was significantly lower than the rate in breastfeeding women (11.4 percent).

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Pay attention to what you eat. 

While additional research is needed, several studies have revealed that persons who consume many dairy products have a higher chance of having twins. 

If you already consume dairy, switching to whole-fat products, such as skim milk for whole milk and low-fat yogurt for full-fat yogurt, is the simplest method to incorporate full-fat dairy into your diet.

A serving of full-fat ice cream now and again is also a lovely treat. 

Just remember to account for the extra calories. Limit yourself to one to two servings of ice cream per week if you want to indulge.

One notion that dairy products are recommended is that the growth hormones provided to cows impact human hormone levels.

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Taking supplements 

Taking certain supplements may influence whether you buy one or two cribs.

Some research implies that increasing folic acid intake may raise the probability of conceiving twins. 

Folic acid is recommended for all pregnant women to help with their baby’s brain development. 

Folic acid can assist in preventing neural tube defects such as spina bifida.

Previous pregnancies 

Do you have a child who already wants to be a big brother or sister? They could be the reason for your twins. That’s correct! 

Previous pregnancies, especially repeated pregnancies, may enhance your chances of producing twins. 

Women aged 35 to 40 who have four or more children are three times more likely to conceive twins than women under 20 who have never had children.

The reason for this is unclear, although it could simply be that you get older with each pregnancy.

How to increase your chances of twin pregnancy artificially 

We’ve covered the natural ways to get a baby bump with healthy twins kicking inside. Are there artificial ways too? Yes, please.

Assisted reproductive methods such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) might boost your chances of having a twin pregnancy.

IUI 

The drugs used in conjunction with the IUI treatment improve your chances of having twins. 

Fertility drugs induce ovulation, including clomiphene (Clomid) and letrozole (Femara). 

During IUI cycles, the woman is injected with these drugs. They may cause your body to create many eggs, resulting in the fertilization of multiple eggs and the birth of twins.

Multiple births are also increased by gonadotropins (Chorex), which enhance egg follicle growth and are commonly injected during IUI and other reproductive procedures.

IVF 

Medications are given to mothers throughout the IVF procedure. 

The number of embryos you select to transfer is critical in raising the odds of twin pregnancies during this surgery. 

You can elect to transfer one embryo in the hopes that it would split into two and result in a twin pregnancy.

When you transfer numerous embryos, the chances of having fraternal twins increase. Two or more embryos could successfully fuse and develop into twins or more.

Rounding Up 

Being pregnant with multiples might result in difficulties, and your doctor will automatically classify you as “high risk.” 

Women expecting twins are more likely to develop preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.

That isn’t to argue that a safe pregnancy with two children is impossible. It just implies that you may need to be watched more closely.

Most of the factors that raise your chances of having twins are out of your control, aside from the dangers.

You can increase your dairy and yam intake, but you can’t modify your height, race, or family history of multiple births. 

It’s also not a good idea to gain weight before getting pregnant.

If you’re hoping to have twins later in life, keep in mind that as you get older, your fertility decreases, and your chances of chromosomal abnormalities grow.

Although there is no particular drug that assures twin pregnancy, there are ways to boost your chances of having twins. 

Following any of these tips will enhance your chances of having twins, but keep in mind that twin pregnancy comes with its hazards and benefits. 

It’s not all cuteness and joy, Maama. Wishing you the best of luck, and I can’t wait to see you share your cute twin babies’ pictures. 

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Viv.

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