You may dream of having to cute little twins – two little babies with similar traits and characteristics and developmental milestones and life experiences together. There are definitely benefits to having twins, especially if you want to complete your family by having two children at once. It is true that once you get past the thought of having to care for two small, helpless infants at one time, the idea of having all of your children at once may seem very appealing. If you would like to get pregnant with twins, but prefer natural alternatives to expensive medical procedures, then you have come to the right place. This article can help you conceive that double bundle of joy that you have been dreaming of.
The following suggestions can increase your odds of conceiving twins:
- Research: It is important to understand the conception process and how twins are created. Identical twins are created when a fertilized egg separates in two separate eggs. Both babies will be enclosed in your uterus (womb) and share the same placenta. Moreover, your two babies (twins) will share the exact same genetic makeup. Your identical twins will either be girls or boys. You will not have one boy and one girl.
- Furthermore, if you release two eggs during ovulation and both eggs are fertilized by separate sperm, then you will have fraternal twins. Like the identical twins scenario, both babies will reside in your uterus, but they will not share the same placenta. Each baby will have his/her own placenta. Your fraternal twins will not share the same genetic make-up. They will look more like sisters or brothers but not identical twins. You may have two girls, two boys or a boy and girl combo.
- Be selective. Choose a partner that is a twin and/or who has twins in his family history. Research suggests that twins or people who have twins in their family are more likely to conceive twins, therefore choosing a twin for a partner will increase your chances of getting pregnant with twins. Of course, it would also be beneficial if you are a twin and/or have twins in your family history, but alas you cannot control this factor.
- If you are a twin and/or you have twins in your family (mother, female cousins, aunts, grandmothers and/or previous children) you more than likely carry the hyper-ovulation gene responsible for multiple births, thus increasing your chance of conceiving fraternal twins. It is important that fraternal twins are conceived more frequently than identical twins. Getting pregnant with identical twins is a stroke of luck.
- Wait to get pregnant: If you want to up your chances of getting pregnant with twins wait until you are in your 30s to get pregnant. Research suggests that women who wait until they are 35 years old or older have an increased risk of having twins.
- Put on a little weight. If your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or higher, you have an increased chance of getting pregnant with twins.
- Add some yams into your daily diet. A diet that involves yams can significantly boost your chances of having twins. Yams contain chemicals that regulate your hormones and increase your chances of hyper-ovulation (or the release of multiple eggs) therefore boosting chances of getting pregnant with twins.
- Consume dairy products. Adding dairy products into your daily diet can increase your chance of having twins. In fact, if you consume dairy products (milk, cheese, etc.), you are 5 times more likely to conceive twins. Research suggests that the growth hormones given to cows are responsible for hyper-ovulation and the increase in the number of women becoming pregnant with fraternal twins.
- Consult a fertility specialist: If you have tried several natural ways to conceive twins and have had no luck, it may be time to see a fertility specialist. A fertility specialist can offer you valuable suggestions and prescribe you fertility treatments and/or medications that can elevate your chances of getting pregnant with twins and/or triplets. Research suggests that the fertility medication, Clomid, can increase your odds of conceiving multiples by 40% or more.
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