Do twins run in families? Is it genetic or pure luck?
That is a very interesting question! And one that many people wonder about. In fact, I myself once questioned the possibility of having twins because it apparently runs in my family. It definitely was on my mind when I went for my scans to find out if I’m having one or two babies. It hasn’t happened to me but I remember researching this topic at one point. I did find out that it is true and possible indeed; non-identical/fraternal twins can run in families. Moreover, a couple is more likely to have them if there are twins in the woman’s family. Without going into further detail, for a given pregnancy, only the mother’s genetics matter. Simply because a father’s genes can’t make a woman release two eggs.
In the UK, twin babies happen about 1 in every 65 pregnancies. According to NHS data, around 12,000 sets of twins are born in the UK every year. Non-identical ones – like the two babies I captured below – are more common: two-thirds of all twin babies are non-identical and one-third are identical.
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