The feeling one gets after witnessing a twin is nothing but fascinating. Looking at people whose resemblance is uncanny is bound to be astounding. However, what will be your reaction if we tell you that there are many surprising facts about twins? Surprising enough to make you more amazed about them.
Well, if you are keen to know about it, then you are at the right place. Today, we have come up with a list of 11 surprising facts about twins that you may not know about. Read on to enlighten yourself.
1. Twins Start To Bond In Their Mother’s Womb
The bond that twins share is eternal. However, it starts way before the world sees it. The inseparable attitude and bond that twins bore form in their mother’s womb. Several studies are a testament to how the propensity for social interaction does exist in a mother’s womb. Twins start interacting in their mother’s womb as early as the 14th week of gestation.
2. Twins Have Their Own Autonomous Language
Yes, you are reading it right. Often many twins have their own twin-talk language that only makes sense to them. It could be a bit gibberish and incomprehension to others; however, for them, it is completely comprehensive. Unfortunately, such languages of theirs are often known to be unintelligent to others. Furthermore, such unintelligent and autonomous languages exist in about 40% of all twins, which with time, disappear.
3. Twins Help Live Their Mothers Longer
Another super cool yet hard-to-believe fact is how twins contribute to making their mothers live longer. As per the reports of several scientists from the University of Utah, a mother of a twin outlives a mother who does not have twins. The prime reason that is said is that moms of twins are physically more vital in the first place. Therefore, they often get to live longer.
4. Twins Make Their Mothers Gain Extra Weight
While it may or may not be pleasing to some mothers, a fact is a fact. Mothers who expect a single child generally gain about 10-15 kilograms of weight. However, the mothers who are conceiving twins easily gain weight of about 15-20 kilograms.
5. Twins Do Not Have Similar Fingerprints
The resemblance is uncanny indeed. However, it does not go as far as having similar fingerprints. Twins even share DNA, but one thing that differs is their fingerprints. In fact, National Forensic Science Technology Center states that “no two people have ever been found to have similar fingerprints, including identical twins.”
6. Twins Are Each Other’s Mind Readers
The bond that twins share is beyond special. Whenever one twin is unhappy, sad, or distressed, the other immediately understands. There, of course, is no evidence of what we call “telepathy,” but still, the feelings can be felt and understood nonetheless.
7. Twin-Inducing Diet Helps You To Conceive A Twin
Studies suggest that “quick home remedies” and a “certain diet” can help you conceive a twin. Dr. Gary Steinman says that women who eat dairy foods can have increased chances of conceiving two babies. Foods containing folic acid are the best to help you have twins. For example, avocado, broccoli, brussels sprouts, etc.
8. Identical Twins Are Not Entirely Identical
This is one of the super exciting facts to be aware of. The DNA of twins are similar, yes; however, they are not 100% identical. With similar dietary habits and chemical exposure, they look alike to a great extent. However, we all know their behavioral pattern, health, personality, etc., are all entirely different.
9. Twins Are Of More Than Just Two Types
While most of us know that there are two types of twins, identical and fraternal, they are not the only two types. There are other two types which are called “half-identical twins” and “mirror image twins.” In half-identical twins, the egg splits into two, and both halves are fertilized. On the other hand, if we talk about mirror image twins, they are identical; yes, however, they develop and grow asymmetrically.
10. Twins’ Mom Suffer An Extra Dose Of Morning Sickness
Every woman who is expecting to be a mother suffers from morning sickness. However, the situation in the case of a woman who is conceiving twins is entirely different. The mothers conceiving a twin suffer a dose of morning sickness that is a lot more than a mother conceiving a single child. The increased levels of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) produced by the placenta are the believed reason for such happening.
11. With No Ultrasound Required, Twins Can Help Solve The Mystery Of Their Conceiving
To detect if a woman is pregnant, doctors often take Ultrasounds. However, it is done only when one needs to be very sure. If we come to a woman conceiving twins, an Ultrasound is generally not required. Doctors use a stethoscope to hear two tiny heartbeats inside the expecting mother. Therefore, they get the confirmation that there are two babies inside.
We bet you were unaware of these interesting and surprising facts about twins. However, now you do. So make sure when you encounter any twin next, you do tell them about it all!
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