People tend to be polarized when they find out that they are about to be parents to a set of twins. While some parents cherish the opportunity of having two babies at once, others prefer not to have them. If you are a twin or have a twin relative, then your concept on having twins will be quite different to someone who hasn’t had anything to do with twins.
The majority of the reproductive experts believe that women have more twin pregnancies that they are aware. However scientific researchers and technological advances have discovered that most women conceive and are implanted with more than one embryo, but only one survives.
How are twins conceived?
Most twins are fraternal because they are formed from two separate eggs. Identical twins are rarely conceived and they occur as a result of one egg splitting very early in the pregnancy. Identical twins are more of a coincidental occurrence, while fraternal twins are conceived when a woman releases two eggs during ovulation. Below are some of the best ways to get pregnant with twins.
1. Take a folic acid supplement
Few researchers have linked the intake of folic acid and conceiving twins. A study made by Australian researchers has linked the sufficient intake of folic acid by women before getting pregnant to conceiving of twins. According to this study, the probability of you conceiving twins is at least 40 percent if you sufficiently take folic acid while trying to get pregnant. However, other studies have disputed this result making it hard to determine if folic acid truly increases your odds of conceiving twins. On the other hand, the intake of folic acid helps in preventing neural tube defects which makes it a good idea regardless of the result, when you are trying to get pregnant with twins.
2. Eat dairy products
A recent study conducted by Dr. Gary Steinman, a physician at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, discovered that women who eat dairy products are five times more likely to get pregnant with twins than women who don’t. Dr. Steinman compared vegetarian women with vegan diets and women who eat dairy products. According to the study, vegetarian women appeared to have lesser chances of getting pregnant with twins. You should try adding the consumption of milk and other dairy product gotten from hormone-treated cows to increase your chance of getting pregnant with twins.
3. Continue breastfeeding
It might seem a bit odd, but, according to research made on twins, it was reported that, women who were still breastfeeding when they got pregnant are nine times more likely to get pregnant with twins than other women who are not breastfeeding. So if you are still breastfeeding and you want to conceive twins, you might want to hold off on weaning your baby.
4. Try to get pregnant immediately after discontinuing birth control pills
At times, when a woman stops using birth control pills, her body system will reset as it tries regulating the production of hormones. If a woman has been using a birth control pill for over six months, her body will be adjusted to enable the pill control her hormones, so when she discontinues using the pill, her body will need at least a cycle or two to get her hormones working the way they should. When it occurs, most women will get a little or too much hormone stimulation. It will cause the ovaries to release more than one egg during the first or second ovulatory cycle after the discontinuation of the birth control pill. So if you want to get pregnant with twins, your first or second cycle after stopping the pill is awesome to try.
5. Try getting pregnant when you are older
It is assumed that women who are older are more likely to get pregnant with twins. According to a study, women who are over the age of 45 have a 17 percent chance of getting pregnant with twins. However, women in this age range have a lower fertility rate, so it probably wouldn’t make sense to wait until you are older before trying to get pregnant with twins. But if you are within this age range, and are still fertile, you have a high possibility of getting pregnant with twins than someone younger. The reason is probably related to the fact that older women produce high level of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). The FSH is a hormone that ensures your ovary start maturing an egg for ovulation. As you become older, the eggs produced by your body are lesser and lower in quality. So, your body starts producing more FSH to compensate for the loss in eggs produced by your ovary. This increase in the production of FSH might make an older woman to become overstimulated, which results in the release of more than egg during ovulation. It will then increase the chances of getting pregnant with twins.
6. Eat more Cassava
Cassava is an African variant of sweet potato, and it is assumed to cause hyperovulation and increase in your chance of getting pregnant with twins. After researching on the best food to make you get pregnant with twins, cassanovum came up as the best food to eat. It is made from the most potent part of the cassava plant; it contains folate and other varieties of herbs to help you get pregnant with twins.
7. Take more Magnesium/Calcium
Most reproductive experts believe that taking the combination of magnesium and calcium can increase your chance of getting pregnant with twins. Although, you should seek the advice of your healthcare provider before taking the supplements. It can also increase your chance of conceiving a girl.
8. Gain weight
A study published in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2005, discovered that women who were heavier in size had a greater chance of getting pregnant with twins. It is also said that women who are tall have a higher chance of getting pregnant with twins.