Increasing your Chances of Twins

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Many people have the desire to learn what it would be like to have twins, triplets or even more. Although most of the time it is simply up to chance if you have multiple children or not, there are some ways that you can increase your chances of having twins. Although there is no way to guarantee that your baby will be twins, the following methods have all been known to help increase the chances of having twins.

1. History

Sometimes twins simply run in the family. If your mother, sister, or cousin has twins, you would think that this would also increase the chances you have for having twins. But, only fraternal twin births are influenced by heredity and not in all circumstances. In order for you to have twins, you must have the gene that creates hyperovulation, which in turn increases your chances of becoming pregnant with twins.

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2. Gain Weight

Women, who are larger, with a BMI of 30 or higher, have a greater chance of becoming pregnant with twins. However, this additional weight also makes it more difficult to become pregnant and can cause health risks if you do become pregnant. This should be completed under extreme caution and will probably not be endorsed by your doctor.

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3. Wait until you are older

Another method that helps women have twins is by waiting until you are older. Statistics show that nearly 20% of women who become pregnant after the age of 45 become pregnant with twins. However, this also means you are waiting until later in life to have children and this may hinder your chances of having them at all. The older we become, the harder it is to become pregnant.

women who become pregnant after the age of 45 become pregnant with twins

4. Add Yams and Dairy to your Diet

For some reason, the Yoruba tribe that is located in West Africa has the highest rate of twins anywhere in the world. Studies that have been conducted that have decided that this has to do with the mother’s diet, which is high in cassava. This yam or sweet potato like vegetable is believed to contain a chemical in the peeling that can cause hyperovulation. Another study has shown that women who consume more dairy are also more likely to have twins as well.

yam or sweet potato like vegetable is believed to contain a chemical in the peeling that can cause hyperovulation

5. Fertility Treatments

Having fertility treatments has been known to greatly increase your chances of becoming pregnant with twins. The drugs that are given can lead to hyperovulation and greatly increase the chances of becoming pregnant with multiple embryos. However, you will probably not be able to receive these treatments unless you are having issues with becoming pregnant naturally, so this may not be an option.

fertility treatments has been known to greatly increase your chances of becoming pregnant with twins

6. Have a Large Family

Statistics show that the more children you have, the more likely you are to have twins. If you are determined to have twins, you will probably just have to keep trying until you become pregnant with twins because there is no designated formula as to how many kids you should have before you become pregnant with twins.

the more children you have, the more likely you are to have twins

7. Get Pregnant while taking the pill

Although the birth control pill is typically used to prevent pregnancy and is 99.9 percent effective, women who fall into the .01 percent are more likely to have twins. You might try taking the pill inconsistently or look into different types that offer hormones that may increase your chances of having twins if you become pregnant.

women who fall into the .01 percent are more likely to have twins

8. Get Pregnant while Breastfeeding

Studies have shown that there is an increased chance that a woman will become pregnant with twins if she becomes pregnant while she is breastfeeding. Although many believe that it is not possible to become pregnant while breastfeeding, this is not true. To make it more likely that you will become pregnant while breastfeeding, try supplementing with formula.

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9. Conclusion

There is no guaranteed method of becoming pregnant with twins and most often it is left up to chance. However, if you try out some of the methods above, you may be able to increase your chances of becoming pregnant with twins rather than a single baby. However, you should not get your hopes up too high if you are looking to have twins. In most cases, the chances of having twins are a little more than three percent.

Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.