Certain factors increase the likelihood that you could conceive twins.
The tendency to hyperovulate (release more than one egg when you ovulate) is hereditary. If you became pregnant in a cycle that you released two eggs with ovulation, it's possible you could conceive fraternal twins. A woman can inherit the gene from either parent, so YOUR family history of fraternal twins on both sides would be relevant to your "chances." Since your husband is a fraternal twin, he may pass along the hyperovulation gene on the X chromosome to your children (which would increase the likelihood of twins further down the line...your grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc.) But he cannot influence what YOUR ovaries do, so HIS family history won't increase the likelihood that the two of YOU will conceive twins.
Identical twins (when a single fertilized egg divides in half) are considered random, statistically. There may be a genetic link to the
at 7:50 AM on Jun. 12, 2013