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Old 02-24-2012, 03:08 AM
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Twins run on my mom's side of the family, every other generation....


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Old 02-24-2012, 06:43 AM
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Sis and I were the first twins in the family - gotta start somewhere, I guess. The doctor said we were fraternal but we've also been told we have more of the characteristics of identicals. It's possible we're half-identical but that's pretty rare.
We're blaming Mom's side of the family since her younger brother and his wife wound up with a set of twins about fifteen years after us.

None of our siblings, half-siblings, or cousins have had twins (although my younger sister was a bit worried since twins run in her husband's family). I'm guessing their kids will be more at risk.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:39 AM
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I have fraternal twin girls. There are twins on my dads side. well one set.
I think my girls where just a fluke in my family.


Now on to the two at one time. When caleb was born I was a live in nanny for a couple who had a 4 month old. so i was taking care of a newborn and a 4 month old. I thought it was bad then with them crying at the same time and alll.
The reality of newborn twins is worse though. I will not get into the horror stories of puke and poo squirting from various hole doubled. (shudder)

But i will say now . if I could ever have kids again I pray for twins. The hard times are short really then you have there whole lives to enjoy them. double the laughter and love.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:18 AM
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My best friend growing up came from a family full of twins.

Her mom was an identical twin and so was her dad. Each twin married the other. Neither set had any twins (my friend had 1 brother and 1 sister), and none of the kids even looked alike.

I always thought it was so cool, though!
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:13 PM
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It would be your mom's family you want to know about, not your dads
I know but I couldn't get ahold of mom last night so I asked him lol

All of this twin talk had me having weird dreams last night lol
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:59 PM
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Fraternal twins are genetic but identical twins are not. However it's usually passed down through women, not men; it's a gene for hyperovulation which means the woman is more likely to have multiple eggs in the womb thus multiples. So TJ may pass that gene on to your children, but it's going to have nothing to do with YOUR ovulation.
There also is no real science involved to the theory that it skips generations.

So basically: no.
^^This

My dad was a twin, so I was curious about this as well. Though, from what I've read, the genetics for fraternal twins are passed on maternally... so if your mother was a twin, the likelihood of you having twins is greater than if your father was a twin.

I hope I'm making sense... it fits together in my head just fine, but as soon as I try typing it seems far more complicated. LOL
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:17 PM
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I always wanted to have twins.. it's like killing two birds with one stone, ya know - but there is no history of twins in all four sides of our families, so I guess my chance of having twins is zero to none.

My (girl) friend married to a twin and they have twin girls. The other twin dad have 3 single children... I also know a set of twins married to a set of twins, but none of them have twins... so I think having twins is just random luck
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:42 PM
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^^This

My dad was a twin, so I was curious about this as well. Though, from what I've read, the genetics for fraternal twins are passed on maternally... so if your mother was a twin, the likelihood of you having twins is greater than if your father was a twin.

I hope I'm making sense... it fits together in my head just fine, but as soon as I try typing it seems far more complicated. LOL
I understand you.
No twins in my family, but they are far & few between in TJ's family, but just on his dad's side, not his mom's.

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I always wanted to have twins.. it's like killing two birds with one stone, ya know - but there is no history of twins in all four sides of our families, so I guess my chance of having twins is zero to none.

My (girl) friend married to a twin and they have twin girls. The other twin dad have 3 single children... I also know a set of twins married to a set of twins, but none of them have twins... so I think having twins is just random luck
Hm that is weird LOL

I USE to want twins, like when I was 19. But now, NO NO NO LOL
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:50 PM
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Fraternal twins can have a hereditary link. Identical twins is just a miracle of nature and has no hereditary link.

With that said, the hereditary link lies with the mother.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:58 PM
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Though, from what I've read, the genetics for fraternal twins are passed on maternally... so if your mother was a twin, the likelihood of you having twins is greater than if your father was a twin.
Not quite. It appears to be passed on maternally because a father cannot influence if a couple has twins or not. The dad is only responsible for the spermies. Mom is the one who is responsible for the number of eggs floating around at the time of fertilization, and multiple eggs at that point is what results in fraternal twins.
This is usually where people talk about it "skipping" generations too, because if the dad is a twin, he can't make his WIFE hyperovulate, therefore they won't be any more likely to have twins than if he didn't carry the gene. However, if he has a daughter, she is likely to have the gene, therefore she is likely to have twins.

OTOH, let's say there is a man, who is a twin, and he has a son. That son isn't going to be a carrier for hyperovulation, because the gene is believed to be linked to the X chromosome. The only way the father can pass the gene along is if he contributes an X, by which I mean he has a daughter, since men can contribute either X or Y and women only contribute X.
So yes, I suppose in that particular case you could say it's "more likely" to be passed along from the mother, because technically a twin man who only has a boy would extinguish the passing along of the gene, whereas a mother will (assuming it's passed along 100%) will ALWAYS pass it along being she ALWAYS contributes the X.
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