1. Older mothers are more likely to have twins

Over 35 due to naturally fluctuating hormone levels, particularly the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) that stimulate more eggs for ovulation.

 

  1. Consuming Cassava can make you have twins

Approx 1 in 65 births in the UK are multiple births, twins, triplets or more however a small town called Igbo-Ora in Nigeria has the highest number of twin births in the world estimated to be 1 in 22 of all births. This is attributed to the consumption of Cassava/Yuca a root vegetable not dissimilar to a Yam. Apparently cassava peelings contain phytoestogen which increases FSH levels which increases the number of eggs released during ovulation which often leads to twin pregnancies.

It is important to note that this is not medically recommended and you shouldn’t try to increase your own FSH levels without consulting a medical professional first.

 

  1. Morning sickness is worse in mothers expecting twins

This is also true although not in every twin pregnancy. Due to the increased levels of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which are at their highest during the first trimester and are also increased in mothers expecting twins or more.

 

  1. Twin pregnancies are more common if you have just come off the pill

Due to the suppression of hormones whilst on the pill when you come off it your body can often respond and elevate these hormones resulting in the release of more than one egg during the first few ovulations.

 

  1. You will gain more weight when pregnant with twins

That’s a no brainer surely right? I mean there are two babies in there after all! However there is more to it than that. If the same mother were to have a single baby and twins she would gain an extra 5-10lbs with the twin pregnancy. I’m wondering if that is to do with the physical restriciton as you become heavily pregnant with twins?

 

  1. You are more likely to get gestational diabetes if you are pregnant with twins

Yes this is true however you are less likely to get the common effect of a larger baby which single mothers with gestational diabetes often get, twins are generally smaller than single babies.

 

  1. You’re more likely to need a c-section to deliver your twins

The latest statistics for the UK show that just over 50% of twins are born by c-section but it is worth noting that over 40% of twins are born vaginally so don’t assume you will have to have a c-section. Speak to your midwife or doctor and see what they advise, it will also depend on the position of the babies.

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