do twins run in your family?

Ciera - posted on 12/14/2009 ( 54 moms have responded )

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My husband and I had b/g twins this past february. they are 10 months old now and we are talking about getting pregnant again. I have always wanted 4 children but right now I think only one more pregnancy. I would love to have twins again. They do not run in either one of our families. I know they say the man's family doesn't matter, but just for those skeptics, neither one of us have any twins at all anywhere in our families. I know my chances of having twins are pretty good if they do run in the family, but what if they don't but I already have a set anyways. Should my chances still be decent of conceiving twins again? everyone im seeing that has multiple multiples it seems that they are all saying they run in the family. anyone have multiple multiples that it does NOT run in the family?

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Christine - posted on 10/25/2012

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My daughter had b/b twins 1 year ago and now my other daughter is pregnant with fraternal twins. My (male) cousin's daughter had twins and my husband's great aunt had twins. Other than that not a preponderance of twins in our families. We have a big family and history going back to the 1500's so I am starting to think that in addition to hyperovulation gene (my daughters have inherited it from both my husband and I) that nutrition and maybe other current factors of our times have an influence on conceiving twins. Things we know: identical twins are not hereditary, your husband cannot influence twins because he can't make you ovulate more than one egg (but he sure can get them fertilized once there!), twins don't "skip a generation" -- people think that because a man can only pass on the hyperovulation gene to his daughter (see my cousin's daughter's twins above)

Celeste - posted on 03/06/2012

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Paige, your fiance having twins in his family won't have any bearing whether you will have twins because he doesn't influence on you ovulating more than one egg. However, if you have a daughter, SHE might have a chance because he could pass that hyperovulation gene down. Identical twins are random, no genetic component.



Congrats on your pregnancy though!

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The twin geen comes from the mother side of the family. The fact that you have non-identical twins only shows that you had 2 ovies that was released at the same time. If you REALLY ( I will NOT recommend it unless you have LOTS of support) want to have another set of twins, a fertily spesialist should be able to help you. He can give you medication that can help you to have other 2 ovies ready. I will also recommend that you wait untill the twins are obout 2 years old before you CONSIDER to have another child. You might think that you have easy 10 month olds, but you do not know what they will be like once they are 2 years old. It's a TOTALLY different ball game. My eldest was 26 months old when I had the twins and that was HARD on me to split my attention between the 3 kids.

Justine - posted on 12/17/2009

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I actually looked into this and if you have fraternal twins your chances of conceiving twins again is one in twelve, so pretty high really! If you have fraternal twins it basically has to be on the woman's side as it means you double ovulate (release two eggs) so the man has nothing to do with it (as opposed to identical twins, where one egg is fertlised and then splits) Since I had my twins I have met several people who have had two sets of twins, so it's not all that uncommon. Also, I thought twins didn't run in either of our families - it was a total shock - but then I found an old family tree and discovered that my great, great grandmother had b/g twins! SO my dad's grandfather had a brother and sister who were twins, so turns out it was in the family after all!

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Winnie - posted on 08/25/2013

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twins run in my family my 2 grannys had twins on mothers side there was 2 sets 2 boys and 2 girls non id .fathers side boy and girl twin auntie on mothers side wsa haveing twins but lost them R.IP LITTLE ANGELS my mother had boy and girl twin .my self had boy and girl twin sister had boy and girl twin. my brother who is a twin his self his wife had 2 girls twins . none ide my 3 first cousions on my mothers side had twins . one had 2 boys non id . the other had 2 boys non id . and the other had boy and girl a other first cousion on fathers side twin girls non id . but the funny thing now is my son has twin boys idental i really think it does run in familes

Miyako - posted on 12/28/2012

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Twins run in my family on my moms side. My great grandmother had two sets of twins, my grandmother had twins, my mom has twins and now me. whew!!! what was I thinking lol!

Ashley - posted on 11/10/2012

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I have multiples in my family. I am a twin, my older sis is a twin, both of my parents have a twin, one of my grandparents is a twin, another one is a triplet. My 12 year olds are twins, and my 6 month olds are twins

Amber - posted on 11/06/2012

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I conceived twin boys when I was 18, and my boyfriend and I didn't have twins on either side of our families. My doctor told me that because I had twins once already, I have a 50% chance of conceiving twins again, but I think its only with fraternal, because thats when the woman drops more then 1 egg at a time. If you had identical twins then the percentage is probably alot less. Congrats on your little girls, by the way. :)

Keema - posted on 10/31/2012

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Twins are in my family like crazy, My grandmother had 4 sets, my aunt has 2 sets, another aunt has 1 set and I am the 1st in this generation to have a set. I have 3 boys one single born 5 and twin fraternal 3. I and also contemplation on 1 more pregnancy. I only want to birth a single born and am scared that it will be twins. I am married and have been for 4 years now.

Kylie - posted on 10/27/2012

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that is a huge yes...........i have 5yr g/g identical twins and i too am an identical g/g twin.............:)

Rebecca - posted on 10/26/2012

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I am an identical twin... I had fraternal twins, which run on both sides of mine and my husbands family!

I heard that fraternal are hereditary but identical are a fluke..... So if that's true, my pregnancy is a rare occurrence.

In answer to your question- The doctor told me there is a high possibility that I could end up with twins again, regardless of where in the family they came from. I think if you have them once, you are always more susceptible.

Erica - posted on 10/10/2012

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Yep :) I have twin cousins, my mom has twin cousins, and my great-grandmother was a triplet. Had my twin boys on July 19 2012.

Aj - posted on 10/05/2012

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Twins run in both sides of my family



On my mothers side, her uncle had twin girls aswell as 4 cousins had twins but not sure what they had.



On my fathers side my grandmother had a girl and a boy.

Then my parents had twin boys.



Just because it doesn't run in your family doesn't mean you won't have twins yourself.



What can cause twins:



Family history

Weight

Being 30 and older

Being on fertility drugs

Diet

Have loads of kids

Breastfeeding while you conceive

Charity - posted on 03/19/2012

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I have no twins in my family at least in the past 3 generations that we know of, and ended up with suprise fraternal b/g twins now 3 months and a 3 1/2 y/o. I too have been reading about the stats of having a second set of twins and as others have said on here it is about 1/12 or so. I really would love another set of twins too. I always run into people asking about my twins and asking "your done having kids right?" as I would be crazy to answer NO or something LOL. I haven't met anyone with 2 sets and no family history but I have read a few on the message boards. I think it is possible and I am hoping for another set in the future but whatever I get I know every child is a blessing!

Cristina - posted on 03/14/2012

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The mans family doesn't matter, the women controls the twins. Since you had fraternal it increases your chance of having twins again as it means you are releasing two eggs which you could do again.

Leah - posted on 03/06/2012

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twins do not run in my family, but I have two sets! But my husband and I are the only ones with twins.

Kylie - posted on 03/06/2012

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do twins run in my family ? well it most certainly does. i am a identical twin myself so it didn't come as a surprise that i would end up getting pregnant with twins myself. as for my twin sister sadly she has opted to not have any children. i also went ahead with a second pregnancy in fear that i would have twins again because of family history and my age but this time it was just a single pregnancy and i had a son so my family is now complete.

Paige - posted on 03/06/2012

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My fiancé has twins in his family...his mother is a twin (boy/girl) and there is another set of twins, her sisters (girl/girl), both sets non-identical. His grandmother, their mother, was also a twin...non of the grandchildren (all women) so far have had twins...what are MY chances of conceiving twins?! I have non in my family, but would LOVE to have them....I just found out I'm @6wks prego...

Blaire - posted on 10/22/2011

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My mom was a twin ( her twin brother passed away when she was 20) I never really thought that I would have to think about twins, but I have four month old fraternal twin boys. I think that when you have fraternal twins it means you drop more than one egg at a time.

Natalia - posted on 10/21/2011

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Twins run in my family. I have fraternal twin sibblings, and yes they say that fraternal twins skip a generation but it didn't skip mine becuase I got pregnant with fraternal twins too.

Lola - posted on 10/18/2011

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Are you sure they don't run in the family? Usually, unless you are on fertility pills, fraternal twins run in the woman's family. No twins run in the man's side. I found that out with mine. My late husband was an identical twin and when I did research I found out, identical twins are freak accidents (not freaks!), but the father has no bearing on twins in the family. I also found out triplets ran in my family. I found this out just one week before having my boys. Is there someone who can tell you about two generations back in your family? Only one of my aunts knew about them. Fraternal twins usually skip a generation, like mine did. No one else in our huge family ever had multiples but me, but two great-aunts had several sets of triplets and twins.

Eliza Grace - posted on 10/11/2011

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Twins run in both our families :) well goodluck, me too i'd like to bear twins again!

Bethany - posted on 09/12/2011

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I have 13 consecutive twins in my family and that isnt counting the ones that skiped a generation. My children are going to have twins. I have twin aunts, one of which had twin boys. I am a twin to a sister and I have twin girls. I am waiting for my twin to have children just to see if she has twins.

Cristina - posted on 09/09/2011

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Twins do run in my family. My parents both have twin sisters, their parents have twins or were a twin themselves and so on. It goes on for generations in both sets of my inherited genetics. My doctor informed me that I also give two eggs every other month. ( I can feel it) After we had our first, and only, set of twins my husband and I decided against having any more children. I regret that decision now because now that my girls are 6 I am dying for another set or singleton. My husband had the surgery and refuses to have it reversed. But then again, my girls were born with jaundice and close to death. My blood is not compatible with theirs and made it harmful. It was a risk we couldn't bear again.

Amy - posted on 09/05/2011

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I have 2 sets of b/g twins. Now they are almost 15yrs. old and 12 yrs old. My mom and her sister are fraternal twins. My cousin had identical twin boys. My great-aunt miscarried a set of twins many, many years ago. So twins do run in my family.

Katy - posted on 09/03/2011

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Hiya!I have 4 year old b/g twins. There is 9 sets of twins on my side.None on my partners side. I am 7 months pregnant with a little girl due on December 6th. I believe once you have had twins your chances of having twins is increased slightly, but its not a science..I am happy with the one this time round!..Good luck on what ever you decide to do.X

Marie - posted on 01/09/2010

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i have twin brothers, my mother had them with her husband, not my father, but my dad's side doesn't have any
i'm lucky to have twin boys as well :) i wonder what the chances of me having twins again are..

Vicki - posted on 01/04/2010

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ok my mum is a twin my big sisters are twins and i have twin boys if you haven't noticed twins are quiet popular in my family they haven't mised a generation as far as i know as my mums cousins have also had twins but my mum is one of 5 children and the only set of twins she had 5 children only on set of twins so i dont think it matters if you have them in the family it just increases the chance of you having twins and just cos you have had one set don't meen you are going to have another ?

JACKIE - posted on 01/03/2010

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yes i am a twin.i have a twin brother.we are 48 yrs old.and we have a brother and sister that are twins to they are 50;

Hayley - posted on 01/02/2010

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i am a fraternal twin and i had fraternal twins and would lvoe another set because one of my twin boys died aged 27hours because of a diaphragmatic hernia . whats my chances any one know i was 19 when i ahd my first set and now am 22 and have since had a baby girl last may , id lvoe another set because my twin is my ebst friend and always wondered who would of spoke first , walked first etc and i know it sounds selfish id just lvoe to have twins again

JACKIE - posted on 01/02/2010

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I AM A TWIN.HAVE A TWIN BROTHER.AND HAVE A BROTHER AND SISTER WHO ARE TWINS ALSO.

Christine - posted on 12/29/2009

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I have twin brothers it runs every other generation for multiples in my family but even if it runs every other or dont run in the family dont mean u will have twins. my borthers the younger twin is married and his wife has twin brothers but the set that is on her side is the only set of twins in her family. We all are telling my brother and his wife they have a good chance of twins because of a set on her side and a few sets on his side and he is a twin. I myself have a 50/50 chance of twins or more I have one kid right now and I have a good chance of more but since it runs every other generation I probly wont have a set but since my brother is married and there is a set in her family and he is one he has a better chance then me. Family history of twins dont matter if u have it in ur family or not or even in his family its gods choice on if u should have more then one.

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In my generation there were six sets of identical twins. I was one of those. My son's wife, however, had a set of paternal twins. There was no history of twinning in her family.

Lana - posted on 12/29/2009

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I have an 11 year old daughter and and in between her and my twins i had 3 miscarriages and then i got pregnant with twin boys, twins do run in my family but they were all boy/girl twins mine were the first same sex not identical twins born to my family,my grandmother on my fathers side had 3 sets of twins. i wish you best of luck!!

Amy - posted on 12/28/2009

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Twins run in my family, I have fraternal B/G twins my mother is a fraternal G/G twin but before that the last twins where 30 years before my mother was born so it is possible for genes to sit dormant for many years. I have 4 children 1 girl who is almost 5, then boy/ girl twins who are just over 2 and a 4 month old girl, so even though the chances are higher I think it is just the luck of the draw.

Tawni - posted on 12/26/2009

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I have fraternal b/g twins, my sister does to as did my mom, my aunt, and my Grandma who had two sets. We deceided to stop after out twins cause the doc said high chance of two sets.



Chances of multiples go up with African American families too. I have two families at my school with 3 sets of twins and one with 2 sets.

Michelle - posted on 12/25/2009

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My hubby and I have identical girls. My brother and sister-in-law are pregnant with fraternal twins. My husband's mum is a fraternal twin and has a brother. My sister-in-law's dad is an identical twin (and boy are they identical even their voices sound the same). And they are the ones with the fraternal twins and we got the identical twins. I have been told you are 2 -3 times more likely to have another set of twins if you have fraternals. And with identical twins they are apparantly are nature's way of saying surprise, as they are the least common variety of twins!

Julie - posted on 12/21/2009

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I had boy twins; they'll be three in Feb. I have at least two set of twins in my family, mom and dad's side and triplets, I got off easy. I was told by my doctor that once you have a set of twins or more, the chances of having another set goes up.

Jocelyn - posted on 12/20/2009

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Twins run everywhere in my family. I am an identical twin and I have a set of twin boys. My husband has twin sisters. It never ends. The saying that twins skip a generation is such a myth. I have 15 sets of twins in my family in a span of 2 generations. Good luck.

Justine - posted on 12/20/2009

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Quoting DeAnna:

i am pregnant with identical girls and twins run in neither side of the family. but my doctor said i will have the same chances next time as i did this time. and those chances were slim.



It's different if you have identical rather than fraternal twins - with identical twins no-one really knows why it happens and is not related to whether it runs in the family, hence the fact that the chanecs remain the same whether you've had twins or not, and veing very small overall. With fraternal twins it's about the mother double ovulating, which can be related to: genetics (on the mother's side of tha family), age (more like after 35) and number of pregnancies (your risks increase with each pregnancy).  But i agree with the post about waiting until your first set of twins are older - I thought it was hard enough splitting myself between two tiny babies in the first place, never mind also having to find time - and energy - for two toddlers as well!!!



 

DeAnna - posted on 12/19/2009

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i am pregnant with identical girls and twins run in neither side of the family. but my doctor said i will have the same chances next time as i did this time. and those chances were slim.

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No family history. I assume you have fraternal twins otherwise it would have nothing to do with genetics anyway. Please keep in mind that advanced maternal age (especially 35+) and the number of pregnancies you had also play a role in your chances of having twins. I was 33 when I conceived and delivered, and it was my 3rd pregnancy (had 1 m/c between my oldest and the twins). Once you had fraternal twins, you'll chances definitely go up for having another set ...



Franca, your story is 100% mine.

Lindsay - posted on 12/17/2009

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Twins run all in my family! My mother had a set of twin uncles. My father's side has had twin pregnancies run in it, but on both accounts, one died in-utero. I'm a fraternal twin, and I had fraternal twin boys, my twin sister had identical twin girls - so hers wasn't even based on our genetics. For her at least, it's very likely she could conceive twins again.

Jodie - posted on 12/15/2009

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Are you crazy. I have identical twin boys who will be 6 this week and they are very mischevious. Yes, twins do run on my husbands side. He has identical twin cousins and twin aunts. I have no twins on my side of the family. They told me if I got pregnant again my chances of having twins again was good. Good luck.

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No family history. I assume you have fraternal twins otherwise it would have nothing to do with genetics anyway. Please keep in mind that advanced maternal age (especially 35+) and the number of pregnancies you had also play a role in your chances of having twins. I was 33 when I conceived and delivered, and it was my 3rd pregnancy (had 1 m/c between my oldest and the twins). Once you had fraternal twins, you'll chances definitely go up for having another set ...

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