How To Get Pregnant With Twins
Wanting to get pregnant with twins? The good news is that this can already be determined and worked on nowadays; others still think of it as a miracle, though. As a woman, I find this aspect very interesting and worth exploring.
“It’s double the giggles and double the grins, and double the trouble if you’reblessed with twins.” - Unknown Author
Twin pregnancy occurs when two embryos develop inside a female body. The twins can be both female (also known as sororal twins), both male, and a combination of male and female. Although there are different twin variants, most of the twins can be classified as either identical or non-identical twins.
Identical twins result when a single sperm fertilizes a single egg which then splits into a pair of separate embryos. Both embryos share the same placenta and possess identical genetic components and structures. This type of twins is also known as monozygotic or non-fraternal twins.
Non-identical twins result when two separate sperms fertilize two separate eggs resulting in a pair of separate embryos that do not share the same placenta. Both embryos have a slim chance of sharing the same chromosome profile, since each chromosome always have unique genetic material on it. This type of twins is also known as dizygotic or fraternal twins.
Well, there’s no particular guaranteed method though, but specific genetic factors and reliable medical procedures or treatments are available to help you seize the chance of conceiving twins.
Do explore this article to learn the facts and to know the possible methods for you. Determine the approach that best fits you along with your health status and budget.
Does conceiving twins happen by chance?
In the past, women who wanted to bear twins simply relied on natural occurrence, luck and superstitious beliefs in turning their wish into a reality. Below are some of the traditional practices of women to get pregnant with twins.
- Visiting religious sites.
- Offering novenas to saints.
- Performing elaborate rituals for deities.
- Eating cassava.
Today, proven scientific studies on genetics and hormones imply that you can make yourself bear identical or non-identical twins by enhancing your biological mechanisms for this.
Moreover, innovative experiments on pregnancy give rise to modern technologies in the medical field and introduce effective fertility treatments or procedures that can help boost your chances
What do you expect to gain from a twin pregnancy?
The thought of carrying and delivering two babies at the same time entails mixed emotions. However, the excitement of nurturing two little creatures in your womb for months boils down the fears and worries that the condition may carry, if you are well prepared in all aspects of your being a would-be mother.
Discover the answers to the questions below in order to equip yourself with a clear perspective on this aspect.
- What essential factors play in the development of twin pregnancies?
- Do your genetic predisposition and age affect your capability to conceive twins?
- How about the food intake and lifestyle?
- What are the available fertility supplements and safe medical treatments that you can take at present?
Consider the following natural and medically assisted options that you can do or take to enhance twinning:
A. Natural Options
1. Assessment Of Your Genetic Predisposition Or Inherited Characteristics
This only applies to you being the would-be mother of non-identical twins, because only your genetic composition matters here. Any capable woman can bear identical twins. If your maternal family history indicates the presence of fraternal twins, then you’ve got a big chance to hit your goal!
2. Age, Height, And Weight
- Are you more likely to yield twins than those who are younger than you? To what age group do you belong?
- Do tall women have better chances of getting twin pregnancies than the shorter and thinner ones? Are you tall and quite bulky?
Researchers from the Division of Reproductive Medicine of the Vrije University Medical Center in Netherlands have conducted a study that has pointed out how the maternal age affects the capability of a woman to get pregnant with twins, particularly fraternal twins in this case. Remember, fraternal twins arise from the fertilization of two eggs.
Women who are 35 years old and above are more likely to yield over one egg per cycle due to an increased follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) level. FSH rises with age. Thus, if you belong to this age group, especially if you already have previous birth deliveries, you are more likely to produce fraternal twins due to hormonal shift than those who don’t.
The maternal size pointing to a height that belongs to the tallest quartile of height measurement and a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 30 kg/m2 can also boost dizygotic twinning.
Taller women have more insulin-like growth factor (IGF), which has something to do with the enhancement of growth and ovulation. If your body structure fits this size, you will have a very good chance of bearing twins.
The link between height and fraternal twin pregnancy is further strengthened by the study conducted by Dr. Gary Steinman of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. Please click on this video link for more details.
Your lifestyle, specifically the amount and the kind of foods you are eating, raises or lowers your fertility level. This is something you should give importance to because what you feed yourself affects your chances of dizygotic twinning pregnancy. So, this is the right time to examine or change your diet.
There are certain foods that are recommended by experts to boost the woman’s capability of getting pregnant with twins.
a. Dairy products
A research team headed by Dr. Gary Steinman of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, College of Medicine, the consumption of dairy products increases the chances of twinning.
The insulin-like growth factor (IGF) in cows, which is a protein growth secreted by the animal or human liver as a response to growth hormone, circulates and hits upon its milk supply.
When you consume dairy products such as cow’s milk, the IGF content stimulates the ovaries. As the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH ) level heightens, ovulation results soar.
Do click on the link below to watch the video tackling this point.
Yam peelings carry a concentration of a chemical component which is connected to hyper ovulation. This is an estrogen compound known as phytoestrogen which increases the FSH level resulting to an increased ovulation rate. By including yams in your diet, you can boost your twin pregnancy chances.
In parts of Africa, an ethnic group known as Yoruba, which also occupies some parts of Benin, is seen to have a very high number of twinning incidence. It has been found that yam is the center of the Yoruba tribe’s diet.
c. Foods rich in folic acid or folic acid supplements
Well, you just have to eat these foods that are rich in folic acid to stimulate fertility and to help you produce more eggs. Besides, folic acid increases your blood supply which is significant during pregnancy and prevents neural tube defect such as spina bifida and anencephaly.
Green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, bread, and cereals are good sources of folic acid. Moreover, you can take folic acid prenatal vitamins and supplements through your healthcare provider in order to help yourself reach the proper amount of folic acid needed by your body. This also helps in reducing the development of irregularities in your ovulation cycle.
- Do you live in a place where ethnic groups prevail?
- What is your racial origin?
- Are you familiar with a place in Nigeria known as the “Land of Twins”?
The ethnicity factor is strongly felt in Africa where a very high twinning rate has been observed. According to studies, African-American women register the highest number of twinning incidence compared to their Caucasian and Asian counterparts.
A farming community in southwest Nigeria named Igbo-Ora is known for its very high incidence of twin births. This sleepy town in Oyo State earns the nickname “Twin Capital of the World”. Almost all families living here have sets of twins.
Medically Assisted Reproductive Techniques
If the natural facts and options presented above do not help or work for you, then you can opt for medically assisted methods that can enhance your capability to bear twins.
Fraternal twin pregnancy chances can be boosted through medications or procedures. Fertility drugs or ovulation induction medications and other medically assisted reproductive techniques are now available.
These medications are developed to help increase fertility and induce ovulation, enabling you to produce more eggs for fertilization. By consulting fertility experts or specialists, you can find the best medication or procedure that is safe for you.
1. Fertility drugs
Certain drugs are known to have successfully increased twinning rates and are safe as well as effective. However, these fertility drugs carry potential risks and side effects just like any other drugs.
Below are some of the most commonly recommended medications for ovulation induction in order to enhance your twinning chances.
a. Clomiphene (Clomid and Serophene)
This medication, which is orally administered, can only be acquired through prescription. The dosage depends upon your requirement. This fertility drug stimulates ovulation and enhances your chances of bearing twins.
These fertility medications are given daily by intramuscular or subcutaneous injections. This type of therapy enables the infusion of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) alone or together with luteinizing hormone (LH). This treatment is administered to you for the production of mature follicles and ovulation induction.
c. Bromocriptine (Parlodel)
As a fertility medication, this medication reduces your prolactin level and induces ovulation. It kicks off significant chemical changes in your body with some side effects. Twin pregnancy is believed to be an offshoot.
2. Medically Assisted Procedures
Medical procedures are also available to acquire better chances for twin pregnancies.
a. In vitro fertilization (IVF))
This is a type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) involving a complex series of procedures in its fertilizing process. The process entails
- ovarian stimulation to produce multiple eggs.
- growth and extraction of the mature eggs.
- sperm retrieval.
- manual combination of eggs and sperm for fertilization in a laboratory dish.
- transfer of embryos to the uterus after 3-5 days to implant and to naturally grow.
Oftentimes, two to four embryos are transferred at each attempt or cycle. This is done in order to increase the chances of an embryo or embryos to cling to the uterus. In this process, the probability of conceiving twins rises.
This procedure can also be done through a known or an unknown donor or donors of eggs, sperm, or embryos. There are cases also when a gestational surrogate is used in this procedure.
b. Intra uterine insemination (IUI)
This procedure entails putting a sperm inside the uterus to make the fertilization process easy. The process aims to boost the number of sperms reaching the fallopian tubes, increasing fertilization probability. It raises the chances of twin pregnancies when you take fertility drugs while undergoing this procedure.
As a piece of advice, do consult a reproductive expert or specialist before choosing what procedure best fits you. The facts and recommendations here are significant for your safety and advantage.
I hope you have enjoyed and felt enriched with these bits of knowledge I have shared with you as you pursue your desire to get pregnant with twins. You might want to express something along this topic, please feel free to do so. You may also share this article if you so wish.