Some couples say they had love the chance to parent twins and others react in an entirely different way. If you are a twin or have twin siblings then your concept of the reality is likely to be very different to someone who has never had anything to do with more than one baby at a time.
How to conceive twins
Did you know that you can actually make things work to get pregnant with twins? Yes, it sounds incredible, but there are certain ways that may be of help to you. Read the tips below;
Taking more folic acid help have twins
The general recommendation for women who are planning to conceive is to start taking folic acid supplements one month before conception
Foods that increases chances of twin babies
Women who naturally conceive twins tend to live in areas where sweet potatoes/yams are a major part of their diet. Yams are supposed to increase the fertility of a woman and improve the ovulation process as well, thereby increasing the chances of getting twins.
Being older rather than younger helps
It seems to be a twist of nature that just before a woman enters menopause, her ovaries start releasing more than one egg each month. This ‘fertility spike’ is also influenced by a surge of oestrogen. Fertility research has proven that twin pregnancies are much more common in women who are over 30 years.
Encourage your partner to increase zinc
The urban myth about oysters being an aphrodisiac is not entirely without basis. Oysters are high in zinc and this helps with sperm production. The more healthy and mobile his sperm are, the greater the likelihood of being able to fertilize an egg or two. If he’s keen to take supplements, the recommendation for men in their fertile years is 14mg/day. Green leafy vegetables, cereals, bread, seeds and wheat germ are all excellent sources of zinc.
Be a twin yourself
Mothers who are twins are more likely to have twin babies. There is no influence on the male partner’s side, only the mother’s. But it does seem that fathers may pass the twin gene onto their daughters for their future conception possibilities.
Women who are obese with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30 are more likely to conceive twins than women with a healthier BMI. This is an ironic situation since overweight women are also more likely to have difficulty conceiving. Extra fat leads to increased levels of of estrogen. The higher levels of estrogen can lead to over stimulation of the ovaries. Instead of releasing just one egg at ovulation, the ovaries may release two or more.
Women who conceive while breastfeeding are more likely to conceive twins than women who are not. It’s true that breastfeeding can also suppress fertility and prevent pregnancy, specifically during a baby’s first six months if the baby is exclusively breastfed. However, it is possible to get pregnant when breastfeeding—and with twins!
Twin pregnancy is likely after conceiving a baby
Research shows that women who have previously had a baby or two have a higher chance of conceiving with twins. Obviously don’t get going again until you are completely healed and ready for a baby.