10 Cool Facts About Twins That You May Not Know About
10 Cool Facts About Twins That You May Not Know About
My very fraternal twinkies are 4 years, 3 weeks & 4 days old.
Twins have always been cool, of course. But there may be some facts you don’t know about. (Some that I didn’t even know about.) Things that make them even cooler than you may have previously thought.
1) Identical twins DO NOT have identical fingerprints.
So, if you are an identical twin out there thinking you might be able to get away with a crime and pin it on your other half…think again! Every human being alive has their own set of fingerprints, including identicals.
2) 40% of twins have their own secret language.
While all twins may seemingly have some sort of special communication between them, only 40% have an actual twin language going on in their relationship. Are those 40% all identical twins, or are some of them fraternal? It’s an answer we may never know. I’m sure some moms of fraternals may offer up their own opinion on the subject.
3) Healthy women are more likely to get pregnant with twins, hence mothers of twins often live longer lives.
This is based on studies of naturally conceived twins so IUI, IVF twin pairs (etc.) may not be included here. However, healthy twins being carried to term and born are usually from healthier moms. It isn’t easy to house 2 babies and bring them into this world. It takes a strong, able body to complete such a feat.
4) Taller women are more likely to have twins.
I believe this is because their torsos are longer and more able to carry multiples more comfortably. That being said, I’m 5’5”-5’6” (average height), and I have seen some quite short twin moms. They did seem to get even larger, belly wise, and the twins were harder for them to carry. I have seen more taller/ larger twin moms than the opposite though, so I believe this to be true.
5) Siamese twins can sometimes feel one another’s pain and taste one another’s food.
While some identical twins are said to be able to feel each other’s pain, even when many miles apart, they certainly cannot taste one another’s food, or share the same thoughts, even if they seem to have pretty close to the same thoughts. Enough to sometimes call out the same thing at the same exact time. Siamese twins can understand one another’s thoughts and seem to share the most above all other twins, including certain parts of their body in which they are conjoined at. This means sadly, that if one twin dies, the other will usually die very soon after.
6) Mirror Image Twins are identical, but at the same time are not identical in appearance.
Do you know how you see yourself in the mirror is not the way that you really look to other people? It is a reverse image. That is what Mirror Image Twins are. One has the exact reverse image of the other twin, yet they are still considered identical. They are reflections of one another. This occurs in 25% of all identical twins. These twins may be right handed and left handed, one may have a mole on the right side, one on the left side, yet they are still identical, even though you can usually tell them apart. (Much more so than regular identical twins.) This happens when a fertilized egg splits AFTER one week + post conception.
7) Twins can have two different fathers
This occurred when one woman delivered twins – one Caucasian, one African American. If a woman has a double ovulation (releases two eggs in one cycle) and has sexual relations with two men in the span of a 5 day period, it is possible for her to conceive twins from both men’s sperm. It may be rare, but it can and has happened. These twins are obviously, always fraternal. (Sometimes shockingly so.)
8 ) Identical twins do not always share the same genetics
It is possible for even identical twins to have slight differences in their genetic makeup, even if they aren’t apparent to the naked eye. One twin’s DNA can differ in the number of copies of each gene he or she possesses. Normally, every child has two sets of genes. One set that comes from the mother and one set that comes from the father. However, sometimes the two copy rule does not apply, and any given person can carry up to 14 copies of a gene. Who knew? Could this be why some identicals seem less identical than some fraternal twins? It’s certainly a major possibility.
9) Twins interact in the womb
I have done posts on this before, and I have shown my own pictures and experiences with this during ultrasound. I definitely have seen twinteraction in the womb, and it is completely and totally true. During ultrasound studies twins have been seen reaching out to one another at only 14 weeks gestation. By 18 weeks they have been seen touching one another more than they were touching their own bodies.
Researchers have said that kinematic analyses of the recordings done in their studies revealed that the twins made distinct gestures towards each other. Also, they were knowingly gentle to the other twin’s delicate eye area just the same as when they were when they touched their own. That is amazing, isn’t it? The twin bond starts earlier than we ever knew in previous decades gone by.
10) Some states have higher incidence of twins than others. Is something in the water 😯 ?
1st on the list is Massachusetts. They have the highest twin birth rate at 4.5 twin births for every 100 births recorded. Following at a close second, New Jersey and Connecticut bear 4.2 twins per every 100 live births recorded. (My twin cousins are in CT.)
The state with the lowest rate of twinning is New Mexico. Why this is we do not know, but it seems that more affluent cities in certain states bear more twins, as women tend to have a career first and wait until later in life to have their children. This means they are older and double ovulations become much more common as women age, increasing the chance for twins. You learn something new every day!
Got a fun, interesting twin fact to share? Feel free to comment below!