Odd But True Facts About Twins
Odd But True Facts About Twins
My beautiful, little ladies are 5 years, 3 months & 7 days old.
1) Twins can be born weeks or even months apart
In super rare cases it has happened where one twin has been born prematurely while the other one continued on with the pregnancy for weeks or even MONTHS longer. Such is the case of Amy & Katie. Twins that were born 87 days apart – nearly 3 months! Hard to believe? Believe it.
2) If a set of male identical twins marry a set of female identical twins, their children will not only be cousins but also are genetically full siblings with 50% shared DNA.
How often does such an event occur? Not usually, but it isn’t unheard of. Check out these two pairs of identical twins on their wedding day. That’s what I call keeping it in the family.
3) The best way to tell identical twins apart is by their belly buttons.
It makes sense ..why? Belly buttons are scars from the umbilical cord and have nothing to do with genetics. If you look at your children’s bellies you can see that though some may be similar they aren’t exactly the same, and some are VERY different. I could definitely tell who all of my children are just by viewing their belly buttons. This would eliminate the need for painting nails and name tags. Just memorize the belly buttons, as on identical newborns it may be your only way to be sure from the start.
4) Being left-handed is much more common in twins vs. singletons. Twice as common in fact.
Funny that one of my sons is left-handed but not my twins, but nonetheless it is a fact.
5) Some siamese (conjoined) twin pairs can actually hear each other’s thoughts and see through one another’s eyes.
Krista and Tatiana Hogan are conjoined twins attached at the head who share a Thalamus. The Thalamus controls our motor function and physical sensations, therefore, the twins can see through one another’s eyes and hear what the other one is thinking.
6) Twins can be fathered by two different men.
If two eggs are released and sexual intercourse takes place within the proper time frame – before, at or directly after ovulation, it is possible for twins to be only 1/2 siblings and thus have two fathers. Try explaining that one in 20 years.
7) Twins can be different races.
YUP! Rare but true if a mother who is at her fertile time has two eggs available for fertilization and has sex with two different men of different races, she can have children not only by two different dads but of different races. This was the case for twins who are very obviously fraternal twins, but they are indeed twins despite their skin color. Could this happen with fraternal triplets? The odds would be astronomical, but is it humanly possible? It honestly COULD happen, but I doubt we’ll see a case like that anytime soon.
Another way twins can be of different races and be fathered by only ONE man, is if the parents are of mixed races. It’s a one in a million combination of parent’s mixed genes. It has only happened in a few rare cases. Kian and Renee are twins but one has white skin, one dark skin and both have the same dad. Wow!
8 ) A mother’s body knows to adjust itself for twins.
A mother’s body goes through unique changes while pregnant. The body knows if there is more than one baby on board and adjusts everything to suit the needs of the growing multiple pregnancy to allow it to thrive – from adjusting hormones to their higher, proper levels to an increase in milk supply for breastfeeding x’s two. However, there’s more. If a woman holds a baby to her body her chest will cool down or heat up to adjust to her baby’s temperature. Incredibly in the case of twins the mother’s chest actually works almost like a unique ‘stove top’ if you will. Each breast will adjust its temperature for the individual child while holding twins near so that each is at a comfortable, optimal temperature. Pretty cool, hey?
9) Identical twins DO NOT have the same fingerprints. This is a total myth!
They may start out the same in the womb, but they change as the pregnancy progresses, and each child starts forming unique ridges in their fingerprints during their time frolicking inside of the womb.
Sorry guys, but one twin can’t commit a crime and blame his co-twin. That is as long as there are fingerprints left behind. There have been few but true cases of twins committing crimes and getting away with them due to one twin blaming the other without any fingerprint evidence to tell the tale, as DNA evidence will point to both twins in such cases. (Reasonable doubt.) However, it is definitely a rarity. Make sure to bring gloves if you decide to try this one out, but I wouldn’t recommend it :-D.
10) Almost 1/2 of all twins develop their own autonomous language that only the two of them can understand.
We think that all twins will have this ‘secret language’ thing, however, while all twins may share a special bond this is definitely not true. They have to be extremely close and most always identical twins. (However, I have heard of a few exceptions.) Roughly 40% of twins will form a language between them that they will use before learning the one that we as parents can understand- ex. English, Spanish, etc.
11) Moms who give birth to twins are generally healthier, stronger and may even live longer.
I guess it is a prime example of the survival of the fittest! A lot goes into a healthy conception and progression and then delivery of a twin pregnancy. Conditions must be perfect to make everything turn out successfully. A new study from the University of Utah shows us that ‘twins have more to do with their mother’s sturdy constitution than their father’s sexual power.’ And I once thought fraternal twins were due to very eager, highly anxious sperm 😛 . I knew we were special people picked by God, but the added benefit of a possibly longer life does sound great to me!
12) Separated twins can still live eerily similar lives during their childhood and even into their adult lives.
Even thousands of miles apart certain things can still be shared. Behavioral traits, similar interests, likes and dislikes, fears, dreams, feelings. They may both enjoy or dislike certain things, handle certain situations the same way, and some twins that are separated can honestly feel like they are missing something or someone, as the bond between twins can be very strong.
There have been cases of twins going into similar of even the exact same professions later in life not ever having even met their co-twin. A couple of strange cases involved twins that were adopted by separate families and even named the same name! Some things in life we may just never understand, but they can be awfully cool to read about.
13) Twins can be born from twins on the very same day!
(But don’t hold your breath. It’s a long shot!)
Twins sisters delivered twin boys on the very same day! The chances of this are greater than 1 in a million, but it happened in the case of 21 year old twins Ashlee and Andrea. Neither used any fertility drugs to conceive their twins, and their due dates were on the same day. The fact that they actually gave birth on that same day is quite incredible! Now that is what I call siblings who are so close that they do absolutely everything together.
14) Identical twins do not share identical immune systems.
This means that the way they react to and even succumb to certain illnesses can be very different. Identical twin boys were given an HIV contaminated blood transfusion. One twin later on down the line has an almost perfectly healthy immune system while the other is ailing quite a bit. Certain things with ID twins are not so identical. After they emerge from the womb they can and do react very differently to bacterias, pathogens, and microbes, meaning that their immune systems are NOT the same. Don’t let their outer shell fool you.
15) Taller women are more likely to conceive twins for a reason.
I thought that maybe this happens because taller women have longer torsos and may be best equipped for the job at hand. Carrying multiples is certainly no easy task, however, there is much more to it than that. A study at L.I.J. in Long Island, NY has shown that taller women have what is called (IGF) Insulin- like Growth Factor. It is a protein that increases their chances at ovulating, and this can also mean double ovulation as well. The increased levels of this protein, which is proven to be more prevalent in taller women, is shown to increase the chances of a woman having twins. You learn something new everyday!
I’m 5’5”, 5’6”, but I was on ovulation inducing drugs woth my twins, so this likely only applies to natural conceptions without the use of fertility drugs. Interesting though.
I hope you guys enjoyed those tasty tidbits of twin knowledge.
Happy Tuesday my friends!