Getting Pregnant with Twins: What Should You Know?

Ever thought about having a baby? But what about a pair of twins? Chances are, most people who you talk to about this matter will be puzzled, especially those who haven’t had anything to do with more than one baby at a time. But did you know that naturally conceived twins occur in about 1 in 89 pregnancies? Meaning, the odds of giving birth to twins is extremely slim — but, it’s still possible.

First, How Do Twins Happen?

Have you ever wondered why do most women have just one baby, but others have two babies at a time?

As you probably know already, there are two types of twins: identical (or non-fraternal) and non-identical (fraternal). Identical twins are formed when an egg that’s been fertilized by a sperm cell divides into two separate embryos. Each embryo has exactly the same genetic structure and genetic components, and they both share the same placenta.

Non-identical twins form from two separate eggs that are fertilized by different sperm cells. These eggs have unique genetic structures and genetic components, and each has its own placenta. Fraternal twins are common, but studies have shown that only one of the two embryos is viable and survives.

Do Genetics Have Anything to Do with Twins?

Yes. According to, “the genetic predisposition for having twins only applies to the mother. It is her family history which influences the chances of her having hyper ovulation”. However, any woman can have twins, even if nobody in her family has ever had.

What to Do to Get Pregnant with Twins?

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to get pregnant with twins. The odds for this to happen are very slim, and every woman has the same chances of conceiving twins. However, you can increase your chances by doing a few things — and we’ve listed them below:

Relax and Have Fun!

For many women, conceiving is more of a chore — but it doesn’t have to be this way. If you stress over not getting pregnant, this can really interfere with your efforts, and make it more difficult for you to actually conceive. Relax and have fun — that’s what your doctor will tell you, and that’s probably what your mother and close friends will tell you as well. The more relaxed and stress-free you are, the greater your odds of getting pregnant are — and if you follow the tips above, there’s a high chance you’ll have twins!