Not currently pregnant, but would twins be possible?

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Registered: 07-12-2013
Not currently pregnant, but would twins be possible?
Fri, 07-12-2013 - 8:58pm

I know this is probably a crazy question but it's been on my mind these past few days. I've been doing some research on fertility for personal information and I would like to know the folllowing - and if someone could reply by experience I'd appreciate it.

I've been reading that diet, though rare, can help or induce the conception of twins. It was studied that those who have taken folic acid, are over 35, are on a high dairy diet, eat yams, and such, have been reported to naturally conceive twins.

My question is, if true, would this diet apply to a woman (over 35) who just eats the above during ovulation, or simply over the course of a few years prior to pregnancy? For example, doctors say women should take 400mcg of folic acid, daily, during their childbearing years. Then they say taking folic acid can increase twin conception. However, if that is the case then every woman would have conceived twins, yes?

And, the age factor, from understand, is primarily related to hyperovulation when a woman gets older. However, is it that diets helps with the conception of twins too for those over 35?

Can a healthy woman with healthy weight and cycles, though over 35, surely conceive twins natuarally because of taking folic acid and eating as such FOR YEARS prior to conception? Or does it mean that it must be done during ovulation only?


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Registered: 07-05-2005

Hi there,

From what I understand, and all that I've read, there really is nothing you can do to increase your chances of having twins.  It seems, however, that genetics play somewhat of a role in the increased chance in conceiving twins. Do twins run in your family at all?  Are you hoping to conceive twins?

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