Multiple Pregnancy:Does Eating Yam Boost Your Chances of Having Twins?
For a lot of women, having a multiple pregnancy or one set of twins would be a dream come true. If you have tried a few times without success, then this right here is just what you need; here is a post showing how eating yam and other foods can boost your chances of having twins.
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 or having other multiple pregnancy from that tears-inducing 3% and some of these are:
- If you are of African or African-American descent
- If you’re above 40 years of age (this actually boosts your chances as much as 17%). For women 35-40 years and above, the ovaries most times release more than one egg during ovulation, which just further increases the chances of having twins.
- Being a woman with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 and above.
- Being a tall woman also boosts your chances of having twins.
- Having twins in the family (research has found that you have a higher chance of birthing twins, especially if these twins births are predominant on the mother’s side)
- Having had previous pregnancies (haven had three or more pregnancies also boosts your chances of having twins)/
- Eating a healthy diet (one that’s rich in nutrients, especially zinc) like green leafy veggies, eggs, fish, sweet potatoes, yogurt, oysters, dairy and cheese.
- Eating unconventional foods like tapioca and pineapple core.
- Regularly taking supplements like vitamins and folic acid.
- Taking herbs like maca roots which is known to improve fertility and also boost your chances of having twins.
- Taking certain medications like clomiphene, Femera and gonadotrpphins.
- Going through an IVF treatment
Eating Yam to Boost Your Chances of Multiple Pregnancy
Africa is known to have the highest rate of twin births and Benin in Central Africa takes the crown for the highest number of twins with 27.9 twins births per 1,000 births. Next to Benin is a town in Oyo state of Nigeria known as Igbo-Ora which also has a high rate of twin births.
With a twin in almost every home, this town sure knows a this or two about producing twins. is 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 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 contained in this food.
Some other nutrient-densed foods that also boost twins conception include dairies and vegetables.
Risks of Having Twins and Other Multiple Pregnancies
While twins are great to have, it is important to note that there are some risks involved of carrying a multiple pregnancy and include:
- There’s a 12 times more chance of the babies being born too early as over 60% of all twin babies arrive before 37 weeks.
- There’s a 16 times more risk of the babies having a low birth weight.
- For the mom, there’s an increased risk of developing certain pregnancy complications like gestational high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, anaemia, and pre-eclampsia.
- Babies of multiple pregnancies also have a higher risk of being born with or developing birth defects such as cerebral palsy, mental disabilities, heart-related issues, spinal bifida, hearing loss or vision problems and gastrointestinal issues.
- Mothers also have a higher risk of birthing through a caesarian section.
- There’s also a high risk of postpartum bleeding due to the extremely distended uterus.