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Monday, November 29, 2010

Twice the Fun

Is it just me or is everybody pregnant?!

It seems like I have close friends who are pregnant, friends of friends who are pregnant, blogger friends who are pregnant, blogger friends daughters who are pregnant, etc, etc! People just seem to be pregnant everywhere!

Of course, I realize that because I'm pregnant, I am more aware of others who are pregnant. Technically, we are pregnant together. So, maybe this explains why it seems like there are many people pregnant right now. But, this is not the only strange thing going on.

Not only does it seem like many people around me are pregnant, but I have two close friends who are both pregnant with twins! What are the odds of that?! Who has twins? How do I have two close friends (who were not on fertility drugs) who are pregnant with twins at the same time?


I've always said there was no way I'd want twins unless I was able to hire a live in nanny;) Still, I think twins are SO cute and I am very excited for them both of my friends. Their news sparked a curiosity in me to learn more about the chances of having twins.

Here is some information I found on the Baby Center:

While identical twins generally happen by sheer chance, there are several factors that influence your chances of having fraternal twins:

Heredity: If you're a twin or if twins run in your family, you're slightly more likely to have a set yourself. Women who are fraternal twins have a one in 60 chance of bearing twins.

Race: Twins are more common than average in African Americans and less common in Hispanics and Asians.

Age: The older you are, the higher your chances of having fraternal twins or higher-order multiples. A 2006 study found that women over 35 produce more follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) than younger women. Ironically, increasing levels of this hormone are a sign of failing ovaries and declining fertility. But FSH is also the hormone that causes an egg to ripen in preparation for ovulation each month, and women with extra FSH may release more than one egg in a single cycle. So while older women are statistically less likely to get pregnant, if they do get pregnant, they're more likely to have twins.

Number of Pregnancies: The more pregnancies you've had, the greater your chances of having twins.

History of Twins: Once you have a set of fraternal twins, you're twice as likely to have another set in future pregnancies.

Body Type: Twins are more common in large and tall women than in small women.

How about you? Do you have twins or have you ever had the desire to have twins?


  1. Too funny - Jenny just said to me the other day that we should have twin girls so that we can have three girls and three boys. I would love at least that many of each, but I can't imagine having twins with four older children who are all so young still. I could have done twins the first time around and I think I could if I had kids who were teenagers...maybe my surprise pregnancy of the future will be twins. You know, the one that happens six or seven years after having your youngest?? ;)

  2. I would LOVE twins,but yes I would also appreciate help if Lord willing we have twins someday!!!

  3. @Katie- LOL! Hubby said something along the same lines: it might be cool if we have twin boys next, we will have a even number of boys and girls!

    I've heard and witnessed those "surprise pregnancies" lol! Unsuspecting moms in their 40's getting pregnant after a huge break! God does have a sense of humor! LOL!

  4. I couldn't imagine having twins...but I guess I couldn't imagine have two children, but I do- so the Lord supplies the grace.

    How fun to come into the world with a sweet

  5. A few of my former co-workers were eating African yams every day in hopes of having twins to get having the next couple "out the way." I can't imagine!

    I'm putting my eggs in the "small women are less likely to have twins" basket. Please, no! But, I'll have all the oohs, aahs, and big smiles for those amazing women who do.


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