how common is it to get 1 set of twins after another set of twins

Ness - posted on 05/12/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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Hi, just wondering, we have 3 yrold identical twins and trying for our third baby, i have heard that it's common for ppl with a set of twins to go for one more and get another set, is this just for fraternal or identical? and has this happened to anyone out there?

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Sabrina - posted on 05/15/2010

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After having a singleton then a set of identical twins (all boys), I still wanted to try for a little girl. I was told the likelihood of having another set of twins was remotely small. At our first ultrasound, there was just one baby. Later we found out it was a little girl. But we were caught by surprise by another pregnancy...Fraternal twins, a boy and a girl. Odds are just that...odds. Many women decide after having a set of twins that they have enough children. So they of course do not have another set of twins, but they are still figured in to the odds calculations. Who knows...if they chose to conceive again, perhaps it would be twins, perhaps not.

Lindsea - posted on 05/13/2010

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If you have had fraternal twins already, your chance of having another set quadruples. This is because most women who conceive fraternals (without fertility drugs) show a pattern of releasing more than one egg per cycle. Your chance of a second set numerically, is about 1 in 3000
The odds of having one set of identicals and one set of fraternals is 1 in 10,000.

If a woman has one set of identicals, her chance of having another is 1 in 70,000 or less.

The odds of having 3 sets of twins, of any kind, is 1 in 500,000.

With identical twins I can almost guarantee you wont have another set of identical. If you do make sure you contact some scientists and make some money. but you MAY conceive fraternals if you hyperovulate..
Goodluck

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Yolanda - posted on 08/19/2013

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I think your chances are higher if they were fraternal because it may mean you often ovulate with more than one ovum. Since yours are identical, I'd guess type chances are lower, but still higher than someone with only singletons.

Patricia - posted on 08/13/2013

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Yes it has happend to me! it is very common and didn't have to take an fertility drugs at all. The doctor said that it could very well happen again. I luv them twins!

User - posted on 01/19/2013

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I have 5 year old fraternal twins boy/girl. I was pregnant with my second set of twins in June of 2012 but they did not survive I also wanted to know my chances of conceiving twins naturally for a third time

Kylie - posted on 10/27/2012

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after having my g/g twins we were fretting on another multiple pregnancy. because of my age , having twins and being a twin i was told that i had a very high chance of having multiple pregnancy again, thankfully my second pregnancy was a single and a boy.............so no more baby making for me the chances are way too high...........:)

Maria - posted on 08/19/2012

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Well I had twins in 01 my mother had twins my grandma on both sides had twins all natural my doctor said its a gene inherited from mother to daughter so I guess that answers that

Sheila - posted on 07/28/2012

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Hello ladies I had a set of faternal twins in 2007 then one day I had awaken with severe pain in my abdomen and went to the bathroom and was bleeding profusely. I rushed to the hospital and discovered that I was pregnant with twins again and this was is 2009. Lets just say I am now on the Mirena birth control.

Valerie - posted on 07/25/2012

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yes its possible .. I have 2 sets of fraternal twins . My first set are girls they will be 7 in aug. My second set boy and girl are 15 months old. We didnt use any drugs. I have twins on my mom and dads side of our family. My husband has no twins on his side. Having a big family is great !!!! I want one more baby !!! I loved being pregnant !!! had wonderful labors but just thinking 6 kids yikes !!! well see what happens in a few years. Hope I win the powerball LOL

Melinda - posted on 06/08/2010

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I think that some of your answers just scared me from even thinking about another baby. We have a set of fraternal twins and I did not take any fertility drugs. I think that I would like to try for one more baby, but I am so afraid that we will get twins again. I would love them but man it sure would be a handful.

Dawn - posted on 06/08/2010

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I am not sure of the facts, but my Aunt had fraternal twins, then three years later had a singleton, and another two years later had another singleton. I have identical boys and scared to get preg. I do not want another set of twins. I love my boys, they are the best thing to happen to me, but I could not go through all that stress again. Best of luck to you.

Amanda - posted on 06/07/2010

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I have 15 month old identical twin girls and i was told there is 85% -90% chance of me having identical twins again i know some though that have a set of identical twins and she pregant with just one now so she bet those odd.

Jawaka - posted on 06/02/2010

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The chances of having another set of identical twins is slim in comparison to having fraternal twins. Identical twins occur when the egg splits while fraternal twins occur from a mother dropping 2 eggs. My male cousin has a set of identical twin girls, which has no bearing on my childbearing. Other than that I have the only set of twins on both of my parents sides, however there are a large number of my aunts and female cousins that had miscarriages in the years before ultrasounds were available. My daughters are at an increased risk of having multiples while my sons' daughters' will have a slightly increased risk.

My twins were barely 4 mths old when we found out we were expecting again, matter fact I was at the doctors to get on birth control, and I nearly passed out. Had an ultrasound the next day and it was only 1. We had our last child 2 years ago today, and we were entirely too scared to try for more since I am definitely aging and the chances are higher

Melissa - posted on 05/24/2010

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so it just depends on you & your husband a lady at my daughter's gymnastics class has a daughter then they had twin girls so it depends on the parents & the family line but then again that dont mean anything because a family with mo history of twins at all could have twins

Melissa - posted on 05/24/2010

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a girl on my myspace page has 3 sets of twins & 2 single births all by the same guy. & he has 3 kids prior to there relationship

they had boy/boy twins then a single birth then girl/girl twins then a single birth then boy/girl twins & they didnt use fertility drugs or anything

& she still with 8 kids still doesn't want to get her tubes tide

Liz - posted on 05/24/2010

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So far as I understand, having multiples already does increase your chance, especally if you have a history of twins or multiples in your family, and then have fraternal twins. Though that isn't always the case. I have a set of b/g twins who will be two June 8th, and I am pregnant again, this time with a singleton, their little brother due July 13th with a planned c-section.

Chloe - posted on 05/24/2010

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My doctor told me that since I had spontaneous fraternals, I had a 1 in 6 chance of having twins again. From what I understand, Identical twins are completely random, so the odds are against you having identical twins again.

As much as I love my twins, the thought of having another set scares the you-know-what out of me. Odds are that these ones will be our only children.

Sandra - posted on 05/24/2010

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yep it happens. Happened us.......... In fact with the second set when I was having my fist scan they started looking for a third . i nearly fell off the table! We have six kids10, 8 & 8, 3, 2 & 2. I'd be afraid to chance getting pregnant again as we'd pobably end up with another 2.

Dorothy - posted on 05/23/2010

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remember too, that the older you get, the higher your chance of having multiples. it's not just whether or not you already had multiples. i guess you just have to be prepared that it might happen again! then again, ANY pregnancy could be multiples... not just to those who already have them. it's tricky, there are no guarantees... if you know you want more kids, go for it. and if you DO get twins again... at least you already know what to do!! :) good luck!

Carrie - posted on 05/22/2010

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i heard that 1 in 5 women that have twins - have twins again - i am not sure if they were talking about fraternal or identical!

Rachel - posted on 05/15/2010

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Well, my doctor told me that yes after ur first set of twins your more likely to have another set of twins the next time or even TripletS! and i have talked with a girl who had twin girls and then got pregnant and has boy girl twins... so yeah me personally i am afraid to try for more kids until i get these two out of diapers!

Jessi - posted on 05/14/2010

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I am also a hyperovulator and was told by my doc that i have an 85 % chance of multiples each time and that my daughter also has a high percentage of hyperovulation as well and that the chances of my son carrying a twin gene is significantly small

Jenn - posted on 05/14/2010

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Hi, I have 20 year old identical twin boys and also 4 month old identical twin boys. I know the odds are 1 in 70,000 for that to have happened and probably higher since the fathers are different.

I am so happy to have them but I was also hoping to have the experience of just one baby. hahahahaha

Lyndal - posted on 05/13/2010

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Hi, I am mum to fraternal twins and was told by my doctor that if i decided to have any more children that it was a very high possibility that I would conceive twins again. I was not provided with a percentage but have also been told that this is not necessarily the case with mums of identical twins - this is more hereditary

Ciera - posted on 05/13/2010

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Well, it actually is said only to be common for fraternal as they are proven to be genetic as the mother has a condition which causes her to release more than one egg at a time however, they have not disproven that identicals are genetic, they just can't figure out how. Identicals are the result of the fertilized egg splitting, but it is possible that there are genetic factors that cause the egg to be capable of splitting. I think that, though there is no proof, there is plenty of evidence that identicals, though occasionally spontaneous, can also be genetic. My friend is an identical twin and he had identical twin girls. I have heard of this same thing happening many times. I have heard (although rarely, yet still happens) that there are multiple sets of identicals born to the same parents. It is proven that having fraternals greatly increases your chances but as far as identicals, nothing can be proven either way. The rate does not seem to increase with identicals so it is likely that the chances do not increase.

Jocelyn - posted on 05/13/2010

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I watched a show the other day about these people who have 3 sets of twins but she went through fertility treatments so they're all IVF babies. I also saw a news story a year or so ago about a mixed couple that had 2 sets of twins and each set had one black and one white child. I thought that was pretty neat. I also know someone who had 2 sets of fraternals 8 years apart.

Anyway, I think it's more common with fraternal twins b/c you drop multiple eggs but I'm not sure (and identicals just happen).

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