Can giving birth to twins run in the family?

Wondering whether giving birth to twins runs in the family or just nature’s way of giving a surprise? Find out the facts and the real answer behind this mystery!

The minute someone mentions having twins, most people instantly react by asking ‘do twins run in your family?’ It’s normal to ask that question because usually twins do run in the family, but is it always the case? The answer to this age-old hereditary question isn’t really a solid yes.


Giving birth to twins does run in the family but only for non-identical or fraternal twins. Non-identical twins are usually inherited from the mother’s side. This is usually caused by hyperovulation which causes a female to release several eggs at once during ovulation. If one female in the family has this genetic tendency, she can transfer it to her daughter and possibly even her grand-daughter. If the female has no daughters, it can skip a generation and resume in the next generation of females.


Giving birth to identical twins does not run in the family and can just happen randomly as well. Identical twins are a result of split fertilized egg. Science does not really have an explanation for this but some just call it good luck or a mere coincidence.


Giving birth to twins can also happen if you use drugs to increase your chances of having a baby. It seems that taking fertility drugs or treatments can help women conceive twins and even multiples. Aside from this, it seems that age also plays a factor in increasing chances of having twins. Once a woman has hit 30, her body tends to produce stimulating hormones that aid in ovulation and increases chances of egg spitting. This is why a woman who conceives at an older age is most likely to produce twins.

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People have several theories on how to give birth to twins — we name a few below!

Not Really

Giving birth to twins may be a stroke of luck to some but there are new-age enthusiasts who state that certain sexual positions can aid in conceiving twins and multiple babies. Other people claim that a certain diet could increase your chances to have twins as well. Whether you believe in this or not, there is no harm in actually trying as long as you don’t get too obsessed or too absorbed about it. Anything is possible with luck on your side, right?

If you are someone who is gunning to have twins, it is best to look at your family tree for any twin relatives. If you don’t want to let luck make the decision, you can choose to undergo fertility treatments to further surge the chances. Do note that these fertility treatments cost a lot of money and can take a toll on you and your spouse. Remember to consult a specialist first before taking any medication or undergoing any procedure.

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