Is Everyone Expecting Twins These Days?

Call me crazy, but I swear twins are everywhere these days. From Beyonce dropping the twin bombshell that shocked the world to George Clooney, who once swore he would never marry or have kids, announcing that his super amazing wife, Amal, is pregnant with twins, it seems like everyone is having twins. 

And it's not just celebrities. Growing up, I don't think I ever met a set of twins and now, I can count at least four people I know who are currently expecting twins. Maybe Beyonce just made twins cool or maybe there really is something going on. I'm on a mission to find out. Are twins on the rise or is it just me suddenly weirdly aware of all of the multiples in the world?

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According to the latest data available from the CDC, which was in 2014, the fertility rate per woman in the United States actually increased slightly for the first time in, well, forever. And along with that, the rate of twin births really did rise, too. Interestingly enough, the rate of multiples other than twins did not rise. Which makes you think two things. 1) more women are expecting twins through unassisted pregnancies. And 2) doctors using IVF are more selective and careful to ensure that multiple pregnancies are avoided with assisted reproduction. 

The higher rate of twins was up from 2013 when the last set of data was compiled. In 2013, 33.7 sets of twins were born per every 1,000 births. In 2015, that number was 33.9. And looking at the big picture, twin rates have been on the rise over the past three decades total. Looking back at only the 1980's, for example, only 18.9 sets of twins per 1,000 births were born. 

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Obviously, IVF and other reproductive technologies have a lot to do with the rising twin rates. Twin rates primarily went up in white, black, and Hispanic women and in women who are delaying childbirth – another known factor that increases the likelihood of multiple births. But there may be other factors that account for the increase in twin pregnancies. In 2006, for example, the New York Times reported that women who eat more dairy are more at risk for having twin pregnancies, because of an insulin-like hormone that's found in dairy. It makes you wonder if there could be other environmental factors or hormones in our food that could contribute to the rise in twin birth rates. 

All I'm saying is, I don't think I'm crazy. Twins are everywhere. If you're looking to get pregnant soon — you may want to get double check that ultrasound. Just in case. 

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Is Everyone Expecting Twins These Days?

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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