Sunny With a Chance of Twins
There is just something irresistibly charming about twins—two cherubic babies, twenty tiny toes, immediate best friends with an unbreakable bond—even if it does mean double the diapers. Twins are not as rare as they once were, but the recent increase in twin conceptions can be chalked up to fertility treatments that are becoming more common and more successful. But what if you have no medical reason to seek fertility treatments? Is there anything you can do to improve your odds of conceiving twins naturally?
If you are yearning for identical twins, there’s not much you can do but hope and pray. Identical twins are nature's lightning bolt. Occasionally, a fertilized egg will divide and two fetuses that have the same genetic makeup will form. If it happens, it happens. There's nothing you can do to increase your odds. However, fraternal twins are conceived when more than one egg is available to be fertilized. During a typical menstrual cycle, an ovary releases one egg which travels down the fallopian tube toward the uterus hoping to meet a lucky sperm. If you can convince your ovaries to release more than one egg during your menstrual cycle, your chances of having twins is increased.
So is there any way to shift those ovaries into overdrive? Here are a handful of things that can boost your odds of conceiving twins naturally.
Whether trying to conceive one baby or two, your first time or your fourth, it's important to stay in good health. Eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly and taking a prenatal vitamin will help ensure that any child you do conceive will get the best start possible.