19 Feb Are there ways to conceive twins or triplets naturally?
Some individuals and couples seek having twins or multiple children from a single pregnancy. While it is best to leave it to nature to take its course, there are a few ways that might improve your chances of conceiving multiple children at one time. For example, there are certain medications that can stimulate ovulation (release of an egg from the ovaries).
Factors involved in an increase likelihood of twins or triplets
The chances of having non-identical twins or triplets increases in women who are around 35 years of age or older because multiple eggs may be released by the ovaries. This is often the result of an estrogen-spike that occurs before the woman enters the perimenopausal stage.
Genetics also plays an important role in the chances of having twins or triplets. If you have a family history of conceiving multiple embryos, you stand a greater chance of having twins or triplets yourself.
Certain population groups, such as Africans and Native Americans, have a higher rate of twin and triplet pregnancies.
Taller women are more likely to have twins or triplets.
Tips to increase your chances of conceiving twins
When you try to get pregnant after discontinuing hormonal contraception, hormonal fluctuations occur during the first couple of cycles. This can result in multiple eggs being released from the ovaries.
Women with a higher body mass index (BMI) are more likely to have twins or triplets than those with a lower BMI. However, you should aim for a healthy BMI of between 20 and 25 to avoid health risks associated with being obese.
Taking a folate supplement the month before trying to conceive is may help you get pregnant with twins.
Male partners can take zinc supplements or consume foods that contain high levels of zinc. Zinc is an integral part of sperm production and is present in foods such as oysters, fortified cereals, green and leafy vegetables, wheat germ, and seeds. The healthier and more abundant the amount of sperm in the ejaculate, the better the chances of fertilizing multiple eggs if they are present.
Women who include yams and sweet potatoes in their diet are more likely to have twin or triplet pregnancies, according to clinical studies. Apparently, a naturally occurring chemical found in these foods triggers the release of FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) which stimulates the ovaries to release more than one egg. If two or more then become fertilized, it results in multiple pregnancies.
Women who keep producing the hormone prolactin are also more likely to conceive twin or triplets. Continued breastfeeding of an older baby or young toddler helps to keep prolactin levels elevated.
Medications that stimulate ovulation
Clomid is an inexpensive drug which is used to stimulate ovarian function to produce viable eggs for fertilization. However, if you already ovulate and want twins or triplets, you can discuss the use of this medication with your fertility doctor to help stimulate the release of multiple eggs.
Femara is another ovary-stimulating medication but it does not help stimulate the release of multiple eggs like Clomid does.