TwinsDouble trouble, but twice the fun!
Twins - Twice the fun
Human twins are two individuals who have shared the same uterus during a single pregnancy and are generally,but not always, born in close succession. Because of the llimited amount of space in a woman's womb, twin pregnancies are not as likely to carry to full term as single births. Twin pregnancies usually last around 34 to 36 weeks. Since premature births can have health consequences for the babies, twin births are often handled with special precautions.
Types of twins
There are five different types of twins that are most common in the world. The three most common types are all fraternal:
Likelyness of twin pregnancy
- male-female twins are the most common result, at about 40% of all twins born;
- female fraternal twins (sometimes called sororal twins);
- male fraternal twins. The last two are identical:
- female identical twins and
- (least common) male identical twins.
Twin pregnancies are slightly more likely when the following factors are present in the woman:
IVF & twin pregnancy
- She is of African descent
- She is between the age of 30 and 40 years
- She is greater than average height and weight
- She has had several previous pregnancies.
Women who are receiving certain fertility treatments may have a greater chance of multiple births. This can vary depending on what types of fertility treatments are being used. With invitro fertilization (IVF), this is primarily due to the insertion of multiple embryos into the uterus. Some other treatments such as the drug Clomid can stimulate a woman to release multiple eggs, allowing the possibility of multiples. Many fertility treatments have no effect on the likelihood of multiple births.
A healthy twin pregnancy
Every pregnancy is different, but there are certain things to keep in mind in order to ensure a healthy pregnancy. (Read More)
Twin pregnancy complications
Women who are carrying twins are more susceptible to complications than single pregnancies and will be offered more tests during the prenatal period. They will also see their practitioner more frequently. (Read More)
Twin pregnancy delivery options
Every woman wonders about delivery options. This is also true for mothers carrying twins. A vaginal birth is possible even when multiples are involved. Whether a vaginal or cesarean delivery is performed will depend on a certain number of factors. (Read More)
Breastfeeding your twins is also possible and there are many helpful tips and suggestions available. Whether you choose to nurse both babies at the same time or individually is a matter of preference. (Read More)
Establishing routines for one child can be challenging, let alone doing it for two. It is important to maintain a routine that will allow your household to run smoothly. Soon, your babies will become dependent on the schedule and will know what happens next. (Read More)
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1858 days ago.
domevapurple I'm not sure that there are any sure fire ways to having twins. Identical twins are a bit of a fluke because the egg splits into two when fertilised, and so you get two identical babies. Fraternal twins are the ones that tend to run in families because you need the woman to release two eggs at once to be fertilised, so you get two non identical babies. I have heard though that as women get older and their bodies are getting rid of the last of their egg supply, that they are more likely to throw out multiple eggs at once. I think that you will just have to leave it up to luck. So all the best! manda-may
1858 days ago.
Tinydancer, sorry, I had mild ms and never once threw up. Although I did feel nauseous quite often. Eating apples or fresh fruit seemed to help. Was such a surprise to find out we were having twins, I had been told that you get bad ms with multiple births! I think it just depends on the person and the pregnancy. Good luck! tinydancer
1858 days ago.
I think I am asking the question that lots of women ask at some point in their pregnancy.
I am 10 weeks and have not yet had a scan. I had severe vomiting 5 days before my missed period (persuming around the time of implantation), a lot of vomiting in week 6 (which has now resolved), also suffering from extreme tiredness. I would be interested to know if any one with twins had the vomiting so early on.
1874 days ago.
any tips having a twins...;-) lol domevapurple
1874 days ago.
mommies i really love to have twin.s......in my family only one twins.. husband side dont have it is possible that i get preggy for twins,,,or it is in the blood having twins,,,,, good luck to all,,,, domevapurple
1874 days ago.
mommies i have 5 months old baby and good looking little man but i want to get pregnant again and i really wish that next time its twins... my question is did the twins is from the family record or normal just happened huh curios :-) piecesofyoukp
1880 days ago.
I love being pregnant with twins but I am terrified.....i am so emotional and i read way to much so i am scared they will come to early....I am now 24 weeks along and I feel so big.....as though I could have them at any moment,.,,,, manda-may
1880 days ago.
Hi ladies. I have one year old fraternal twin boys and am so happy to be a mum to twins. They are great little guys and I often think how lucky we are to have 2 when everyone else only gets one. We were warned by lots of people that it would be hard work with 2, but to be honest both my boys were very good easy boys who took to the breast and bottle without a problem, never developed acid reflux or had any problems with sleep, and started sleeping through the night when they were supposed to. They were less trouble than quite a few single babies I know! Everyone comments on how placid they are, and my partner and I have just tried to relax and take things as they come with the pregnancy, birth, and now. My only dramas were a shortened cervix discovered at 26 weeks... I stopped work early but delivered naturally at 34 weeks, and not being able to produce enough milk... I topped up with formula after every breast feed and bf till 10 months... they were getting stroppy with each other on the feeding pillow by then and then there were teeth to deal with too so figured it was a good time to get my boobs back! ha ha. Good luck to all you twin mums out there. If you ever have any questions, drop me a line on my page. All the best!! Twins are great, and you soon develope ways to deal with 2 babies at once. :-) twinmommy2b
1880 days ago.
Greetings to everyone! I am 18 weeks pregnant with identical twins. My husband and I are the only ones in both families this has happened to. We are so excited! I was just wondering about some complications. We have already dealt with one baby that slowed down by six days in growth compared to the other! Also, these twins are in one sac divided by a thin membrane and one twin is in a sac half the size! Does anyone have any similar stories they could share with us? What else can we expect? TwinnysOnTheWay
1898 days ago.
Hi everyone i'm 13 weeks pregnant it's my second pregnancy. My daughter is 13 month old & i've just found out that i'm expecting identical twins if anyone has any interesting or helpful comments about twin pregnancys and births let me know please. I am quite worried about this pregnancy as i've read things about the higher risks that are involved. So please share your experiences with me thankyou xxx dsquared83
1905 days ago.
Hey ladies! I'm 10 weeks pregnant with Twins and I was wondering for those of you who have had twins then a single or vise versa when was the first time you felt the twins kick compared to signle babies kick? If you could leave me a message on my page letting me know I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks! emmie26
1946 days ago.
i have 9 week old twin girls i just love being a mom of twins they are amazing jenniferbrown
1965 days ago.
I have a question for you ladies- I had my son September 9th of 2008 and when he delivered there was also an extra amniotic sac about the size of a large grapefruit that developed in my womb around 37 weeks. The sac was full of amniotic fluid. My dr says he has no idea as to what, how, or why this happened. I think about it all the time. Anyone have any advise as to what it might have been? just♥mommy
1999 days ago.
Hi ladies! I have a question... I used to be friends on here with a young girl named ZoeMay who was pregnant with twins. I haven't seen anything or heard anything from her in almost a year. Does anyone know what happened to her? I have been sort of worried about her and I like to check in on people on my 'friends list' from time to time... Thank you all! waiting4ourgirls
2003 days ago.
Im 31 weeks pregnant with non identical twin girls. This is probably tmi but i think lost my mucus plug the other night. So i was pretty much just wondering when (if you noticed) other people lost theirs. And since then all the women im around think im going to pop any day because 'the way im acting', think they could be right? mandarae
2004 days ago.
UGH! We went to my parents house last weekend and ever since, my girlies do NOT want to sleep at the same time during the day. I am SO drained! I try my best to keep one awake if she's sleepy andthe other isn't. I know how to fix it, I just dont know if I have the energy to anymore.... Daddy has been working out of town, sometimes I think if I just don't get some rest, I might go crazy! MommyOf3But4ToBe (*PINK*)
2038 days ago.
this may seem like an odd question, but i was pondering this last night... i have always wanted twins, but have not had any just blessed with singletons... the question i had is.. more so with identical, how is it you know who is who... like i said i was thinking of this last night, and it terrified me to know that if i had twins, i would not be able to tell them apart... so i was just currious as to how you do it... thanks, and congrats to those that have their babies, and those on their way to having them... Ronke
2042 days ago.
Am expecting twins and i am in my second trimester, this is my first pregnancy am so scared and worried. i want everything to be okay for the babies. Please send any advise you may have about twins please. domevapurple
2043 days ago.
emilic congrats ur the luckyone to have a twin... good luck for your baby! god bless completnme
2048 days ago.
My twins r measuring as if they have twin to twin tranfusion-one is 1 1/2 pnds the other is 2 1/2 pounds and I'm 26 weeks,I go back in 2 weeks and if baby A hasn't caught up they r delivering them-i am so sad-my husband is so scared talkin about it makes him just angry like I'm giving up-i have 2 placentas so this really caught us off guard.any advice or similar situations is really needed right now.. redheadmama
2049 days ago.
if you want to see gorgeous, healthy newborn twins... look at the picture I just posted on my page of my brand new nephew and niece!! miracles. annie
2066 days ago.
Ihave non-identical b/g twins and they will be 2 in July, i have noticed that they are not really in sync with each other, but they prefere to be in close proximity so that they can see each other, then again they have been like it since they were born, never woke at same time for feeds always woke every 2 hours at alternative times, and to this day they still do it now they have not sleapt through yet, but they dont wake each other up. mandarae
2091 days ago.
My twins are fraternal... they are 4 months 1 week old. I have them on the same feeding schedule, they nap at the same time, and some days even poop at the same time. If one is crying, the other doesn't wake up... They even wake up together around 3-4 am to eat with each other. I guess I am going against what others have told you, but my girls are in sync with each other! mandarae
2104 days ago.
I have been curious about that.. so good to know! My girls were born pretty premature, so I have to look at their development different, instead of a 3 month old baby, I need to look at them like they are 1 1/2 months old - which is hard to do sometimes. I still don't have them sleeping in a crib in their room... they have been camping with mama - but mama is FINALLY starting to get some sleep and I think I am scared to move them for fear that I will lose the sleep I worked so hard to get.
What about you ladies?? Do your babies sleep where 'they are supposed to' and what age did they begin?
2105 days ago.
My girls hold hands when eating too! Every time I see it, I fall in love with them a little bit more! They don't sleep well apart either... I need to put them within touching distance for them to sleep good... Twins are great! I remember how scared I was when I found out that I was having two (I didn't find out till my 20 wk u/s) and now, I couldn't imagine life any other way!!!