My chances of twins - hereditary - friends scaring me!!!

(33 Posts)
Mintymoomoo Thu 30-Jan-14 12:43:57

So I'm 7 weeks pregnant, my partner is a identical twin and his twin also had identical twins!!

Now I know identical twins are not meant to be hereditary but I'm getting a little afraid! Already have a bulge (didn't show with last 3 pregnancies until 4-5 months) and this time feeling soooo soooo tired and sickish all day!

Sure my chances are nil but friends are scaring me a little, I'm also nearly 35

meditrina Thu 30-Jan-14 12:48:50

Well, if DP was a fraternal twin, it would be unrelated as double ovulation would have to be in your family tree.

As identical twins split after fertilisation, then logically it could come from either.

I don't know if it's been adequately researched though. IIRC frequency of twins does increase a bit with age, and is commoner in some ethnic groups.

GiniCooper Thu 30-Jan-14 12:51:34

If you have read and know that there's no link for identical twins why are you worried.
It's not hereditary. If YOU had fraternal twins all over your own side of the family I'd be anxious.

NigellasDealer Thu 30-Jan-14 12:52:44

i think it would have to be passed down thro your line, as it were. Also identical twins are not hereditary , apparently , (although what you say would appear to go against that) - it is fraternal twins that are; identical twins are more random.
you are more likely to have twins if you are overweight, older than 'average', African, or became pregnant as a result of ...er...extra active sex. If you are all of these, then bingo!

RudyMentary Thu 30-Jan-14 12:54:18

Don't be worried! Twins are a good thing.

You will be the lucky one if you are expecting them and it's sounds likely tbh

NigellasDealer Thu 30-Jan-14 12:54:59

also, if your friends are 'scaring you' tell them google is their friend! there is so much nonsense bandied about on the twin subject!

Mintymoomoo Thu 30-Jan-14 13:17:27

Yeah I know they say identical are not hereditary but so many people seem to have only identical links in there family!

Good things going for me is I'm not overweight and I'm not African...... Lol

Yeah I think twins are lovely and a blessing first or second time around! This was a shock pregnancy and going from 3 stright to 5 is freighting x

Linguaphile Thu 30-Jan-14 21:07:30

Well, there is actually new research which suggests it's possible a certain enzyme in some men's sperm could cause the fertilised egg to split. This could, theoretically, be a hereditary trait that is passed down much like the hyper-ovulation gene is passed down in women. Obviously there's a lot of testing to be done on that front, but I suppose anything is possible.

If you do have twins (which is still unlikely, I'd say), don't worry--they're a blast! Loads of joy which makes the work all worth it. smile

Madlizzy Thu 30-Jan-14 21:12:45

It could be worse, it could be triplets, like me. wink

Preciousbabies Thu 30-Jan-14 21:24:59

I'm not so sure minty, I felt sick all day practically right from the start of my pregnancy and the tiredness was overbearing. Twins are fantastic. Hard work....bloody hard work but well worth it. Fingers crossed for u although I can see where u are coming from with 3 already. I was 39 when I got pregnant with my fraternal twins , absolutely no history in my family tree, wasn't overweight (am now!!) def not African. Put it down to my age. Was my first pregnancy. Good luck x x

I am not African, not overweight, wasn't "older" (33) when I fell pregnant and it was my first pregnancy. I have fraternal twins.

Both my grandmothers had fraternal twins.

NigellasDealer Thu 30-Jan-14 22:08:13

^ ^ same here neversleepagain but you missed the fourth criteria!

grin Nigella

steppemum Thu 30-Jan-14 22:13:41

well, my grandmother had twins and triplets, and I am tall, overweight, had regular heavy periods, was older when I had my kids (40 with last) so had all the risk factors (except African)

I have 3 kids and no twins!

(no comment on the fourth criteria!)

gallicgirl Thu 30-Jan-14 22:14:33

I know of 3 brothers whose wives have all had twins.

Mintymoomoo Thu 30-Jan-14 22:24:01

I'm pretty sure I'm just panicking because my friends are joking about it!!!!

I just can never remember feeling this tired and poo (not exactly sick just yucky) all the time, and surely if I was going to be this tired it would of been in my last pregnancies seeing as I had 3 children in 3 and a half years! Maybe this one is a boy and that's what's wiping me, amazing when I had my 3 girls!

The weekend before I found out I was pregnant I slept for the whole weekend.... Seriously was only up for 4 hours between 10-2 on the sat and Sunday rest of time was asleep from 9pm on fri until I got up for work at 7am on Monday!

Maybe my tummy is just due to my over eating have found I need to nibble all day to help with the sick/yucky feeling.

On well got booking in with midwife at 9 weeks then scan soon after so guess I will know one way or another, so need to just put it out of my mind and figure out what chores I can avoid to fit in more sleeping

AdoraBell Thu 30-Jan-14 22:28:25

I read something that pointed out that his sperm cannot dictate either How many eggs you release, or whether Those eggs will divide once fertilized. This was 12 yrs ago when I was pregnant, so may be proved wrong.

My twins are the first in either family, btw. I was margianally over weight, GP wasn't concerned though, and 33, but Failed on the other Two criteria.

SIL who was the same age as me when she bécame pregnant had a single DC. only difference is she was under weight.

slightlyinsane Fri 31-Jan-14 16:06:07

Hi, I'm sure twins will be wonderful when I've finished sailing down denial. I am on my 4th pregnancy and 34 just like you, my friends also joked about twins. This has been my worst pregnancy so far, I've never had ms before or felt as tired as I have this time. I'm 20 wks with id twins. As previous people have said id twins are a random occurance and my consultant thinks the current % is 0.5 of all births is I'd twins, however she did go on to say for some reason they are over run in the twin clinic at mo.
If you are worried I would ask your mw at your booking in apt to have a feel of your belly if you feel larger than you think you should. If it's twins your uterus may haveppopped up by then.
Oh and the thought of going from 3 to 5 in one go freaks me out regularly.

Innogen Sun 23-Feb-14 23:02:08

Have you found out yet? Just come across the thread, being very likely to have twins myself (both of my parents are twins, as is DP!).

Hate a cliffhanger!

Mandy21 Mon 24-Feb-14 14:03:34

I'm a fraternal twin, and I had fraternal twins.

Felt 10 times worse in my non-twin pregnancy than my twin pregnancy.

canyourearme Mon 24-Feb-14 15:56:14

I felt crap in my fourt pregnancy , not twins but was a boy, had gurls before.

Mintymoomoo Fri 28-Feb-14 22:19:05

Innogen nope scan booked for 11th march, midwife at my booking in soooo ment was useless, told her last period was 14th dec and she wanted to put my EDD as 20th October, told her I bloody hope not lol

I am huge though already having to wear a hairband on my jeans as can no longer do them up and I'm only 11 weeks tomorrow! With previous pregnancies I was on my own jeans until well past 20 weeks, with my second I never came out of them!

I keep feeling my tummy and utrus seems to be by belly button but just can't remember is this is normal for 11 weeks or not, maybe my muscles are just shot being my 4th pregnsncy!

Canyourearme, I'm begining to think maybe this is just a boy and that why I'm finding my pregnancies do different to the girls

WaitMonkey Sat 08-Mar-14 16:55:38

Marking my place, because I need to know. grin grin

Cuxibamba Sat 08-Mar-14 17:01:51

I need to know your result! My mother was a fraternal twin, my two uncles were also fraternal twins, I am a fraternal twin and my DS2 and 3 are fraternal twins.

lljkk Sat 08-Mar-14 17:17:14

Hospital got very excited when I explained I am closely related to 3 sets of ID twins; seems there may be a hereditary component to it.

In last 50 yrs the only twins were fraternal born to my 1st cousin (half niece of one of the ID twins). But they WERE born on the same day as their great uncles (+70 yrs). Beat that.

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