In the world of Reproductive Medicine, and much to the delight of our Obstetrician colleagues, we are always looking for new ways to reduce the risk of twins and other multiple births. Multiple pregnancies significantly increase the risks of all sorts of complications for mother and baby. It was a nice change of pace when I came across this great blog entry from the Renee Jacques at the Huffington Post about some cool and interesting facts about twins. So here they are:
- Identical twins do not have identical fingerprints
- Massachusetts has the highest number of twin births in US, followed by Connecticut and third our state of New Jersey. Not surprising considering we have lots of couples going through IVF and other infertility treatments and a law mandating coverage.
- Mirror image identical twins have reverse asymmetric features.
- Identical twins are not completely genetically identical
- Moms of twins may live longer
- Tall women are more likely to have twins
- Women who eat more dairy are more likely to have twins.
- It is possible for twins to have two different fathers
- Twins interact with each other in utero
- Some conjoined (Siamese) twins can experience each others senses.
- 40% of twins communicate with their own language.
Be sure to visit her original article here.