10 More Twin Facts You May Not Know
10 More Twin Facts You May Not Know
My unique twin pair is 4 years, 4 months & 4 weeks old.
1) Have a feeling you are having twins? There may be something to that.
Many women who are pregnant with twins either have dreams about having twins, or have a feeling or premonition if you will that they are pregnant with multiples before they are officially diagnosed via ultrasound. I wasn’t one of them, but they ARE out there.
2) Having twins means you are healthier.
Moms that not just conceive twins, but end up carrying them to term, are usually healthier women in general, or so they now say. They say that this means that twin moms may actually live longer lives because of it. Who knew twins could actually be good for your health and longevity?
3) Twins cause an increase in divorce rates.
More kids in general does though. The more children, the higher the monetary and emotional stress of juggling and providing for your brood. Parents with only twin children and no others have only a 1% increase in divorce rates, however, this number is greatly increased when other kids are added to the equation. I completely 150% agree. Me and hub would be fine if the twins were our only kids.
The money stress of more kids and the stress of keeping children of different ages along with twins content and in check is insanely difficult with my pack. It causes tension between us (dad and me) especially since he got laid off of work. I’m finding the older the twins and the others get, the harder it actually is, while this is usually reversed without double trouble. I guess this fact is no big surprise.
4) Separated identical twins still end up a great deal alike.
You can part up twins, but they will always share many of the same habits, mannerisms, and more than just their physical appearance. It is said that practically everything, health, intelligence, happiness, success, personality, values, interests, is at least partly genetic. Identical twins share 100% of the same DNA, so I guess that makes sense whether raised together or apart. The twin connection is always alive.
5) Twins start playing in the womb as early as 14 weeks gestation.
They are also seen stroking one another more than themselves via 3D/ 4D ultrasound by 18 weeks. How adorable is that?
6) Hyper-ovulation can certainly be genetic.
Know people with two sets of twins? In rare cases even more? Chances are (especially if there are no ovulating-inducing drugs involved) that they have the gene for hyper-ovulation. If on your mother’s side you might have that gene yourself. Even dad’s side can pass this gene on, though obviously men do not ovulate. This way is where the twin gene is carried and passed on to their daughters, and may well skip a generation in such a case. Be in the know in advance that the ‘twin gene’ is in the family. You might just get struck by it.
7) Identical twins are NEVER hereditary.
Many people do not know this. They think all twins can be hereditary, but this is wrong. Only fraternal twins are. Identical twins are a random event in which one egg splits in half before implanting in the uterus. Multiple eggs are not involved in this type of twinning.
8 ) The world’s oldest pair of twins are….
Ena Pugh and Lily Millward, a pair of British twins who both celebrated their 102nd birthday on January 4th. Happy belated birthday ladies!
9) Did you know there are more than two types of twins?
I have talked about mirror image twins before. They have completely reversed facial features of one another. It’s basically like looking in a mirror, hence the name. However, there are also HALF identical twins. It is rare, but it does happen. This means that each half of the split egg was individually fertilized. Usually the egg gets fertilized by a single sperm before it splits. Who knew?
10) Twins can have two different dads and be two different races.
It is rare, but if mom sews her wild oats with more than one man around her ovulation time it is possible for one egg to get fertilized by one man and then one egg gets fertilized by a second man. If one of the men is of a different race, very unidentical twins can be created, as in the case of Kylee Hodgson. It’s a million to one shot, but it happens. Imagine daddy’s shock. YIKES!
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