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What Are the Chances of Having Twins Twice?

Most moms consider themselves lucky enough to have one set of twins, but if you’re incredibly lucky, then you might even end up with two pairs of twins. So what are the chances of having twins twice?Chances of Having Twins Twice

What are the chances of having twins?

The birth rate for twins is only going up, rising by as much as 76% in the last 30 years. That means that your chance of having twins in the USA is as high as 3 in 100 births.

But that’s fraternal twins. The chance of identical twins is the same as it’s always been, which is around 3 in 1000 babies born as identical twins.

So what are the chances of having twins twice?

Obviously, the chance of having two sets of twins is pretty rare, but it’s not as rare as you might think.

If you’re looking for two sets of twins of any type, the chance of that is around 1 in 3,000, which is the same chance as getting struck by lightning during your life!

A set of identical twins and fraternal twins is only around 1 in 10,000, or the same odds that you’re going to fall off your toilet and end up in hospital!

Having two sets of identical twins is pretty damn unlikely, with only 1 chance in 70,000.

Bear in mind that if you’ve already got one set of twins, you might actually be more likely to have a second set, because of all of the things that increase your chances of twin births. Things like:

  • Having already been pregnant before. Women who have already had a baby, including women who have already had twins, are more likely to have twins in the future!
  • Getting older. Women over the age of around 35 have more twins in general, because in the few years before you hit peri-menopause, your ovaries start to release more than one egg at a time.
  • Having some sort of fertility treatment, like IVF or fertility drugs. These sort of things can stimulate your body to produce multiple eggs over and over.
  • Coming from a family with twins in it. There’s some sort of genetic component to twins, and if twins run in your family, then you’re more likely to have them. This also means that if you’ve had twins once, they might run in your family and you might have them again!
  • Being on the pill, or just coming off of the pill. Apparently, the hormonal changes that the pill causes in women can increase their chances of having twins.
  • Being taller or heavier than average. Taller and heavier women have a greater than normal chance of having twins. But remember to stay healthy!
  • Make sure your partner has a lot of zinc in his diet. Zinc contributes to healthy sperm, and the healthier your partner’s sperm, the more you have of chance of conceiving twins!

Twin babies are getting more and more common, so if you have one set of twins and you’re going for another, you might just get lucky!

How do you think you would cope with two sets of twins? Do you know anyone who actually has two sets of twins? Or maybe you’re one of the incredibly fortunate women who beat the odds and has an awesome foursome! Let us know in the comments below!

  • Nicole says:

    I actually know 2 people within 30 mins of each other who have 2 pairs of twins!

  • Deidre Turner says:

    Me! I’m 17 weeks pregnant with my second set of twins (both di/di). My first set were conceived with the assistance of fertility treatment (IUI), then I had a singleton conceived naturally and I’m pregnant with twins again, conceived naturally this time. I’m not particularly tall or big, I’m under 35 (currently 34 and was 29 having my first set), I haven’t been on the pill for years and hubby’s sperm counts are ok but not great. I’ve only been pregnant 3 times. I was on only 25mg (half a tablet) of clomid for 4 cycles over 5 years ago so that’s all the fertility drugs I ever took. It explains the first set but not the second set. I think that family history is my biggest influence; my nanna had 2 sets of twins and a set of triplets; my mum is one of the triplets. I’m the only one in my large extended family who has had any multiples at all so it looks like the twin gene skipped straight to me!

    • Marvellous says:

      I had to get an abortion of my twins for some personal reasons..now I want them back so bad..I want another set when I’m ready
      I really want this

  • Katie Hopkins says:

    I’m 24 years old and pregnant with my second set of twins. No fertility treatments or help . My first set of twins are boy/ girl fraternal twins . And are turning a year old in a month. My current pregnancy are identical boy (mo/di) twins. They will be here in June or before. So I got one set of each , not on purpose , but definitely blessed.

    • Sabrina Hinojosa says:

      I’m 31 today and pregnant with my first set of twins. Mine are also mono/di twins. Identical boys as well

  • Sammie says:

    I am currently 28, and 17 weeks pregnant with my second set of twins. Fraternal twins boy/girl set. My first set of twins are fraternal twin girls they are four now. Never thought this would happen to me. I am not overweight, not y’all only 5’1 and am under 35. So this just shows that it can happen to anyone. Both sets conceived naturally. Only been pregnant twice, so I guess I can help honestly say I’ve been blessed . Good luck to you all.

  • Stacey says:

    I’m 12 weeks pregnant with my second set of mo/di (identical) twins. I have identical boys who just turned 4. Never thought in a million years we’d have 2 sets of twins. I’m 34, no fertility treatments, no family/genetic history of twins. Just blessed!

  • Hillary says:

    My lucky mother had two sets of twins! Myself and my twin sister were 2 years old when my younger twin brothers were born. (Two newborns and two 2 year olds back home; you can imagine how busy my parents soon became). Both sets of twins are fraternal. My family does not have any history of twins previous to us, however my mom was around 35 when she had my brothers and was on and off the pill as well. So I’m sure that all of that –mixed with some weird luck, would have done the trick.

  • mrskavs says:

    My mother had one set of identical girls and the next pregnancy was fraternal twins (1 boy, 1 girl) within 2 years. We have two single siblings for a total of six children (4 pregnancies) no treatments. No known family history back then (I’m one of the oldest twins, we are 47 now) but recent research shows a single incidence of twins on each side of the family each many many generations back; 5 on my Dad’s side, 10 on Mom’s.

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