Twins are just so cute and adorable and most of us would love to have a set or two. Sadly, craving twins doesn’t automatically translate to having one as research shows that on average, each woman has a 3% chance of birthing twins in her lifetime.
This figure is quite low and very discouraging, but it doesn’t have to be this way as there are certain factors that raises your chances of birthing twins from that tears-inducing 3% and some of these are:
- If you are of African or European descent
- If you’re above 40 years of age (this actually boosts your chances as much as 17%)
- Having twins in the family (especially on the mother’s side)
- Having had previous pregnancies (three or more)
- Eating a healthy diet
- Regularly taking supplements like vitamins and folic acid.
Eating Yam to Boost Your Chances of Having Twins
Africa is known to have the highest rate of twin births and a town in Oyo state of Nigeria known as Igbo-Ora has recorded the highest so far.
It is believed indigenes of this town have yam as one of their staples, resulting in such high twin births.
This happens because yam contains phytoestrogen, an estrogen compound that boosts your Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), causing it to produce a higher ovulation (or simply put, making you release more eggs to be fertilized during each ovulation cycle).
Although, this fact remains scientifically unproven, it seems to be working for the people of Igbo-Ora and you have absolutely nothing to lose by trying it. Worse case scenario, you don’t get your twins but you get to have such beneficial nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, vitamin C, riboflavin, folic acid, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, copper, and potassium.
Some other nutrient-densed foods that also boost twins conception include dairies and vegetables.