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

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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

MatildaV Thu 10-Jul-14 15:11:08

Identical twins are not hereditary, and fraternal twins run on the mother's side, not the father's, so the fact your partner's family has a history of identical twins is irrelevant.

Lizziec1984 Thu 10-Jul-14 15:07:39

My grandma had non identical twins and I've just found out I am now!!! It's skips a generation generally apparently and comes from the woman's side! Identical twins tend to come from the male side so I'm told x

isislondon Tue 08-Jul-14 01:14:23

Also I didn't know we had any twins in the family until I asked my grandparents, who knew their generation & above, . So I only became aware after I became pregnant with twins. I thought I was the 1st. I suppose it's harder to tell these days because people settle down later or delay childbirth or generally have No or less children.

I met a 90yr old woman who'd had 3 x sets of fraternal twins shock

isislondon Tue 08-Jul-14 01:07:38

I conceived fraternal twin girls at 1st attempt at 40, tall with African ancestry some generations back so all the risk factors almost. But I have many cousins & no one has had twins in my generation or my parents generation, but at my grandparents generation on both mother & fathers sides, there were fraternal twins & triplets. In hubs family, every generation had fraternal twins throughout his family, mostly boy girl twins. He hadn't realised there were so many twins because they weren't identical

KatharineClover Mon 10-Mar-14 19:12:44

My scan today showed just 1 very wiggly baby smile my dates have changed so I am nearly 14 weeks so I guess that might help to explain the movements I've felt and bump size!
Hope all is well with your scan tomorrow minty x

Chopsypie Mon 10-Mar-14 14:52:15

this is not a placemark

MultipleMama Mon 10-Mar-14 02:15:18

My mum was a fraternal twin so was her cousin & auntie. None on DH's side. I had MCMA (ID boys) in 2012 and DCDA (b/g) in 2013.

There is research but no "proof" that ID twins is due to genes. And it's more likely to be your family tree not his. Don't worry too much. Each PG is different and may carry biggerthis time round. Wait until your scan and then panic grin.

KatharineClover Sun 09-Mar-14 08:38:47

Hi mintymoomoo! I think I must be at a similar stage to you - eddy is currently 17th Sept.
My scan is tomorrow at 13 weeks - I am 35, tall and have fraternal twins in my family (I'm a twin - my mum had 3 sets of twin pregnancies, and many mcs, but only has 2 children: my sister and I are from different pregnancies). I've got quite a bump, can feel kicks already (although I have one DS already), and I've put on 7lbs (I lost 3, put on 10 so overall gain of 7 which sounds better than saying I've put on 10!). Because of family history I'm so nervous about tomorrow - obviously any amount of healthy babies is a blessing, but because of what my mum went through I know I would feel huge stress and anxiety for the whole pregnancy and birth if it is 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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

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!)

neversleepagain Thu 30-Jan-14 22:10:53

grin Nigella

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

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

neversleepagain Thu 30-Jan-14 22:05:35

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.

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

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

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

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