How to Get Pregnant with Twins
Many people wonder what it takes to have twins, triplets or more. While having multiples is sometimes an act of fate, parents of multiples say some common factors increased their chances of conceiving them. Most of these are not scientifically proven but rooted more in tradition or personal experience. The following are some influences readers say led to their bigger broods.
1. Have a History
Do twins run in your family? If you have a mother, brother, sister, uncle or long lost cousin with multiples, you may wonder if you’ll have them too. Sometimes twinning is hereditary, it’s true. However, only fraternal (dizygotic twins are influenced by heredity, and then only in some cases. If your mother or maternal grandmother was or had fraternal twins, you might have inherited a gene for hyperovulation, increasing your chances of conceiving twins also.
2. Science helps
Let a doctor help you increase your chances of twins. Some doctors will help anyone have twins, like the doctor of the Octomom. Others will only help if there is a “medical necessity.”There are several medical reasons for a doctor to help you have twins.If you are undergoing IVF, you could be spending some serious money. Implanting multiple eggs is cost effective since each IVF egg has a lower chance of implanting, so best to try a bunch at once.
Go through IVF (Intro Vitro Fertilization.) IVF used to be called “test tube babies.” IVF procedures result in twins at a high rate. Normally the doctors will try to implant many embryos in the hopes that one sticks, but if one sticks, two is also likely. Overall, the chances of having twins in IVF are between 20% to 40%.
IVF can be expensive. There are many clinics that do IVF, so get referrals and shop around. IVF is now fairly routine. It’s not cheap or quick, but it is not unusual these days either.
3. Stop birth-control pills right before.
Try stopping the pill right before trying to get pregnant. When women first stop taking the pill, their bodies work furiously to re-regulate their hormones. During the first month or two after getting off the pill, ramped up ovaries sometimes release 2 eggs.
4. Continue breastfeeding
If you are breastfeeding and would like to conceive twins, you may want to hold off on weaning your little one. According to one twin study, women who were breastfeeding when they conceived were nine times more likely to conceive twins than women who are were not breastfeeding.
5. Grow or Gain Weight
A study published by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology correlates the rise in multiple birth rates with rising rates of obesity. Research found that mothers with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or higer were significantly more likely to have twins. Again, this statistic only holds true for fraternal (dizygotic) twins. The research also showed that women of above-average height were also more likely to have multiples.
6. Eat dairy products
According to a recent study by Dr. Gary Steinman, a physician at Long Island Jewish Medical Center who is well known for research on multiple birth pregnancies, women who eat dairy are five times more likely to conceive twins than women who don’t. Dr. Steinman’s study compared women who ate a regular diet with vegan women and vegetarian women who consumed dairy products. Vegans appear to be less likely to conceive twins according to the study. But, it may not be so much that consuming dairy increases your chances of having twins; but rather, that consuming milk or other dairy products from growth hormone treated cows increases your chances of having twins.
7. Grow Up: Wait Until You’re Older
Older mothers are more likely to conceive twins than their younger counterparts. It’s thought that the body accelerates ovulation as the biological clock starts ticking faster. Almost twenty percent of mothers who give birth over the age of 45 have multiples. However, the risks also increase; older mothers have a higher rate of miscarriage and are more likely to experience problems such as gestational diabetes during their pregnancy; in addition, their babies are at higher risk for chromosomal abnormalities.
Whether you get pregnant with one or two, pregnancy and birth is a blessing. So enjoy the fruits of your labor!