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Answer to your Health Question

Question:

Our church membership of 800 people has 8 sets of twins, we would like to know the statistics on something like that happening.

Kathy

Answer:

Dear Kathy,

There is a 74 percent increase in the number of twin births from 1980.

The chance of having more than one baby at a time is 1 in 33 (3%) in the United States

In your church is 1 in 50 (2%).

While there is a 3% chance of having a multiple birth at age 25-29, it increases to 4% at 30-34 years and almost 5% at 35-39 years.

Factors that can increase chances of having twins are also:

*Having a maternal family history of multiple births (fraternal),

*Using fertility treatments (in vitro fertilization or fertility drugs).

*Race (multiples are more common in African Americans and least common in Hispanics and Asians)

*Number of pregnancies (the chance of having twins increases with each pregnancy),

*And to have had twins

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