Chance of having twins again after one set of twins??!

Samantha - posted on 02/08/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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Hi all, i met a woman in the highstreet recently with twins and i had my identical twin girls with me but she said that if i was to get pregnant again then i would have a 86% chance of having twins again because they were concieved naturally...thought that was quite a high chance and wondered if anyone else has heard this or knows anything??!!! thanks very much!! x

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Lajuan - posted on 02/16/2009

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well i am a mother of two sets of twin twin boys snd twin girls and i didnt believe it and now i have two set but it is truely a beautiful thing im not that truely sure about identical twin made naturally but my doctor told me because i had non identical twin everytime i get pregnant i will have a chance for the number to jump up one

Nancypickard5 - posted on 02/16/2009

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From what I have heard, you are more likely to have twins if:

1) you are over 30

2) you have already had children

3) fraternal twins run in your mothers side of the family (it is correct that your husband has no influence on if you produce multiple eggs or if your eggs split)



Obviously you can have fraternal twins with none of the above happening. But with fraternals, your body is producing two eggs and if it happened once...



Identical twins are random and there are no stats to predict if it will happen again.

Jama - posted on 05/31/2011

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my doctor told me i would have twins everytime i got pregnant i have 1 set already

Daisy - posted on 07/07/2009

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I have my identical boys then my 3yr was another twin and we lost his bro or sis 2mo into the pregnancy. So i find I have a higher chance bc of twins running on both parents side for me mine being the first living set and my husband has aunts and cousins twins..

Brittaney - posted on 02/14/2009

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I had twin boys in March 2007 and I was told by my dr. that i was at a 96% chance of having twins again, because my were concieved naturally also... hope that helps :)

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Toni - posted on 07/08/2009

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yes it is very true, the doctor told me that after i had my twins.......

Sarah - posted on 02/16/2009

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It would be cool! I adore my girls and kind of hope we have twin boys if we have another set. At least we all already know what it's like with twins. :)

Sarah - posted on 02/16/2009

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Yep, my OB/GYN told me the same thing. But age and those other factors apply as well. I have 8 month old identical twin girls and was not even trying to get pregnant. I guess this means my chances are higher. My doc has a friend that had twins, then twins again, and tried for one more baby and got natural triplets. I told my husband that if we have twins again, we may be done! :) Age and family history should definitely make a difference though.

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You have a higher chance of having another set of twins if they were fraternal.  I had identical twin girls then had a singleton 2 years later.  Your chances of having twins increases if there is a family history(for fraternals) or the older you get

Kristy - posted on 02/15/2009

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I think we can all pretty much agree that there is an increased chance of having a second set of fraternal twins, although how much of an increase seems to vary a lot! There are some other factors in there as well that increase chance of fraternal twins, such as age and family history. - I was preg with naturally conceived fraternal twins at age 29 and was told 1 in 4 chance of having fraternal twins again. I don't believe that you have an increased chance of having identical twins again if you already have them, since as someone else said they are pure fluke. That is just what I've been told though. With 4 kids (the youngest are 2 month old fraternal twins), I'm not taking any risk of having more twins for a least another 5 years!

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I was told by my doc I had a 1 in 3 chance, this last time I had one baby... but my dh doesn't want to risk more...

Debbie - posted on 02/15/2009

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hi my name is debbie, after i had my twin girls i wanted to try for a boy and when i asked my docter if i wud av twins again he laughed and said it was a very slim chance so i went ahead and got pregnant again and guesse what i ad twin boys lol there is a 2 yr age gap between them,

Daisy - posted on 02/14/2009

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I had my twin boys in 2002 and in 2006 is was pregnant with another set and then i miscarried one. I have them on both sides of the family and mine are the only living set on my side. yes its scary....

Chrisandra - posted on 02/14/2009

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After reading all of this I think my twins will be 'only' children. I was 26 when they were conceived naturally. I never thought the % was that high that I'd have twins again. 



Brooke, when my kids were infants I couldn't dream of having more. Now that they are almost 3, I miss the infants and would love more. Unfortunately they grow. LOL

Emma - posted on 02/14/2009

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Quoting Courtney:

I think you will find those stats to be wrong. As your twins are Identical they are not genetic and are more a "freak" of nature. if they had been fraternal your chances of having twins again would of increased by 40%. Mine are fraternal will never try for more children those stats are too high for my liking!



sorry, who was this reply to?

Courtney - posted on 02/14/2009

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I think you will find those stats to be wrong. As your twins are Identical they are not genetic and are more a "freak" of nature. if they had been fraternal your chances of having twins again would of increased by 40%. Mine are fraternal will never try for more children those stats are too high for my liking!

Brooke - posted on 02/13/2009

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i have a boy and a girl twins 5 months old and i was told it is a high % of having twins or triplets after conceiving naturally, im 25. my fiance wants another set and then he's done. ha. im done now i think. though i will never say never as i am only young.

they are special so i would go for it if you want one more. if you ended up with 2 more im sure you would end up very happy. i have only ever wanted 2 anyway.

Jennifer - posted on 02/13/2009

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I concieved my frternal boys naturally and my ob doc said there was NO WAY i could have twins again. I was 25 when i was pregnant and my boys are the 4th set of fraternal twins (all boys) and the second set of twins on my husbands side (but the husbands side has nothing ot do with the twin gene) anyhow, I am surprised to hear how high the chances are. I was hoping for one more, but if there is any truth to the numbers, my boys will more than likely be my only children.

Emma - posted on 02/13/2009

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i have 5 kids, my youngest are my twins now 1 and we are going to try for the next 1 i would love twins again, i concieved them naturally all times and im 24, my twins arent identical so what are my chances to concieve them again? fingers crossed for twins again,lol

Janette - posted on 02/13/2009

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I know women that have had 2 or 3 sets of twins so maybe the chances are high lol xx

Tracy - posted on 02/12/2009

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This is exactly why my husband doesn't want any more kids! haha!  But ive heard and read it was like 85% too, but who knows!

User - posted on 02/12/2009

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I was told 8% chance but my cousin. But I don't know what is really correct.

Ruth - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi that woman u spoke to is right.I have twin boys they are 8 years old and i have got twin daughters aswell and they are 4 years old,doctors told me that if i was to have any more children my chances are even higher again.All my children were conceived naturally aswell.

Ruth - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi that woman u spoke to is right.I have twin boys they are 8 years old and i have got twin daughters aswell and they are 4 years old,doctors told me that if i was to have any more children my chances are even higher again.All my children were conceived naturally aswell.

Laura - posted on 02/12/2009

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My obgyn mentioned a higher likelihood of having twins if we were to conceive again because they are naturally conceived, fraternal twins. For whatever reason, there were two eggs released which could very well happen EVERY cycle or sporadically.  



I still get confused why people will say "twins run on my husband's side of the family". As super as his sperm is, there is nothing that scientifically supports it causing the production of two eggs (fraternal - that's all you girl!!) nor splitting a single egg (identical). Just don't tell him so in front of his friends....

Pam - posted on 02/12/2009

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I read in a multiples book that you have an 85% chance of having twins again, but I am not sure if fraternal or identical twins had anything to do with that statistic.

Jessamy - posted on 02/09/2009

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I read that its most likely in the first 6 months after birth to concieve a second set of twins. But yeah its really quite varied as far as i know as to how likely it is.

Heidi - posted on 02/09/2009

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Your risk of having twins again increases with age and number of births.  I am hoping for twins again.  I know I am crazy but I have twin girls and then two singleton baby girls.  My husband and I really want a boy but I want to have twin boys so they will be able to be there for each other.

Karen - posted on 02/08/2009

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There are a lot of factors to add in. How old you are, if twins run in the family, if the first set was naturally conieved, etc. For me, I have at least a 25% higher chance of having twins again. Mine are identical, were naturally concieved, a first pregnancy, and both identical and fraternals run on both sides of my family. Plus, I was in my mid thirties when I got pregnant. So, all of that factors in. Speaking with a geneticist will also help answer your question more clearly.

Anthea - posted on 02/08/2009

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My obgyn told me that the risk is quite high if you have fraternal twins, didn't think it was that high though but with identical, the chances don't change cause identical happens randomly rather than inherited. Hope this helps :)

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