Want to know how to get pregnant with twins? Here’s everything you need to know…

How to get pregnant with twins

by Kayleigh Dray |
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Would you love to give birth to twin babies? Here are the simple steps that could help you to fall pregnant with twins...

Plenty of women grow up dreaming about their future family, envisaging little mini-me daughters and bright-as-a-button boys.

The Shettles Method vows to hold the secret to naturally selecting your unborn baby's gender, with many women swearing that it worked for them when it came to choosing whether they had a baby boy or girl.

But what about when it comes to planning twin babies?

Well, many women swear that the following natural methods helped them to conceive twins, despite the fact that twins didn't run in their family.

How incredible!

So, if you're hoping to have twins, try the below steps to help amp up your chances of having double the trouble!

Aaaaaand if you're expecting twins fear not, because we've rounded up everything you're going to need to know if you're pregnant with twins.

What food should I eat to get pregnant with twin babies?

It's a fact that women who naturally conceive twins tend to live in areas where sweet potatoes/yams are a major part of their diet. Yams are supposed to increase the fertility of a woman and improve the ovulation process as well, thereby increasing the chances of getting twins.

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Check out: What your star sign says about your parenting style


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Swipe through to find out what your star sign says about your parenting style...

Aquarius2 of 13

Aquarius - The creative parent

You love nothing more than helping your kids come up with original ideas for their school projects, and are content spending afternoons at home making things.But, at the same time, you realise that time away from the kids is important.

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Pisces - The push-over parent

Your kids know EXACTLY how to get round you, and you always find yourself giving in to another treat or just one more episode of their favourite TV show. You're the one they come to when they're upset – but don't be afraid to ask for help sometimes!

Aries4 of 13

Aries - The trendy parent

Funny and adventurous – you're the parent all of their friends love. You don't mind so much when your kids say a bad word, so long as they don't make a habit of it. Being slightly impatient, you're not afraid to admit you and the children get on so much better now they're older.

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Taurus - The responsible parent

You're cool under pressure, and your little ones know they can come to you whatever the problem. But you also have high hopes for them, which means you're the parent they really don't want to disappoint.

Gemini6 of 13

Gemini - The unpredictable parent

Absolutely nothing phases you. In fact, you're so prepared for anything, your fellow parents call you super mummy/daddy. Despite this, being a Gemini, the kids know you're always up for a practical joke…

Cancer7 of 13

Cancer - The emotional parent

For you, the worst thing in the world is being separated from your kids – even when they've flown the nest. You will do anything to protect them and, no matter how old they get, they'll always be your babies.

Leo8 of 13

Leo - The pushy parent

There's no doubt about it: your kids are THE best. You want them to be smart and popular – there's no excuse for being a shrinking violet. You're the mum/dad who organises the best parties and you run all of the social groups.

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Virgo - The overprotective parent

Perfection is key for you, and the worst thing would be seeing disappointment in your kids' faces. They're always dressed accordingly to the weather and you wouldn't dream of missing a doctor's appointment.

Libra10 of 13

Libra - The zen parent

Your kids are best friends, because your cool, calm and collected nature means fights are diffused before they've even started. Shouting is a rarity in your home, but you have no problem holding down a punishment if needed.

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Scorpio - The soccer mum/dad

Much like Leo parents you want your kids to be top of their game for everything. Whether that's ballet or football, swimming or horse-riding – your little ones represent the school in their chosen sport and you'll stop at nothing to keep them there.

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Sagittarius - The ‘cool’ parent

Yes – you're the mum from Mean Girls. While your kids do actually want to talk to you about all the sensitive subjects, they sometimes wish you'd stop trying to become besties with their pals. Although, they LOVE that you're always up for a party.

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Capricorn - The practical parent

Everything in your life, even down to the school run, is like a military operation. You're always on top of things and there's no chance of you being late – for anything. Because of this, your babies know you'll have the solution to any problem, big or small.

Are older women more likely to have twins?

According to Huggies, being an older mother tends to make twin babies more likely.

They explain: "It seems to be a twist of nature that just before a woman enters peri-menopause, her ovaries start releasing more than one egg each month. This 'fertility spike' is also influenced by a surge of oestrogen.

"Fertility research has proven that twin pregnancies are much more common in women who are over 35 years. But this only applies to non-identical twins."

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Does taking more folic acid help me have twins?

The general recommendation for women who are planning to conceive is to start taking folic acid supplements one month before conception.

Are larger women more likely to have twins?

Some researchers claim that women with a BMI of greater than 30 are far more likely to conceive twins than those with a smaller BMI. However, considering a healthy range during the fertile years is 20-25 and 30 would put you into the overweight/obese category, then this is definitely not a healthy recommendation.

Are you hoping for a pair of babies? (Credit: Alamy)

Is the 'twin effect' when you come off birth control a real thing?

OK, so while certain research has indeed found that the chance of having twins is 70 percent more likely in women who conceive three to six months after stopping the pill ,than those who wait more than six months after the pill to get pregnant, it's still unlikely. That 70 percent is still, even with The Twin Effect is just six per 1,000 pregnancies. But, if you're really after double trouble then it can't hurt to up your chances - even if they are relatively slim.

What should my partner eat to increase the chances of a twin pregnancy?

Foods which are high in zinc, such as oysters, green leafy vegetables, seeds, and bread, will help with sperm production - thus increasing his likelihood of being able to fertilise more than one egg.

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Are there any sex positions to help me get pregnant with twins?

While there are sex positions that some believe can help sway the gender of a baby (For anyone interested, if your partner ejaculates shallowly into you, rather than right in your cervix, some studies show it may be more likely to help conceive a girl. It's by no means an exact science, but there you are), there aren't really any positions to help with twins. Unless you can invent some sort of position that involves releasing two eggs, or splitting one egg, then you'll have to resort to other methods. Also, that sex position would be pretty crazy, and not in a good way.

Is a twin pregnancy likely if I conceive after another baby?

Yes, research shows that women who have previously had a baby or two have a higher chance of conceiving with twins. Obviously don't get going again until you're completely healed and ready!

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Breastfeeding can make you more likely to conceive twins ©Getty

If I'm breastfeeding when I conceive, am I more likely to have twins?

It is a fact that women who are producing prolactin and breastfeeding are more likely to conceive with twins.

Am I more likely to have twins if I've had IVF?

It goes without saying that women who go through fertility treatment, such as IVF, are more likely to conceive twins. In fact, for babies born as a result of in vitro fertilisation (IVF), 22 per cent (nearly one in four) births result in twins or triplets.

That's about 20 times higher than the rate after natural conception.

And fertility drugs, such as clomiphene,can also increase the odds that you'll release several eggs at the same time, thereby heightening your chance of conceiving more than one baby.

Between eight per cent and 13 per cent of women who take the fertility drug clomiphene to help them ovulate have a multiple pregnancy, usually twins.

There is, of course, research showing that some people are just more likely to have twins - although, sadly, these are impossible to start doing. Unless you've figured out how to make yourself taller. In which case, congratulations, you're more likely to have twins AND a billionnaire.

It's twice the trouble, but of course they're worth it! (Credit: Getty Images) ©Getty Images

Tall people are more likely to have twins

Yes, strangely enough, it seems that taller women (five foot six inches and upwards) are more likely to conceive twins because of increased insulin.

African-American women are more likely to have twins

If you want to get specific, it seems that Nigerian women are the most likely to have twins, whereas the Japanese are the least likely.

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How cute are these two?! (Credit: Getty Images)

Having twins runs in the family

Non-identical twins do tend to be genetic, so if they are common in your family history than you will most likely be more genetically disposed to conceiving them yourself.

If you're a twin, you're more likely to have twins

Are you a twin yourself? Mothers who are twins are more likely to have twin babies of their own.

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