In the UK, the birth of twins has risen by almost 50% from 1984-2004 (latest data). About 98.5% of all multiple UK births are twins and over 9,000 sets of twins are born in the UK every year. In 2004 alone, there were 10,548 multiple births. Are you in your early stages of pregnancy? Well, with recent facts and figures being what they are, it might be that you you'll end up seeing double 👶👶. So, since this might be the case, here are a few cute and informative facts about twins.
Fetuses that share a womb and a birthday aren’t always twins
Superfetation is an incredibly rare condition that occurs when a pregnant woman continues menstruating and a second embryo starts to form. Frequently, the fetus that's conceived last is born early, while the fetus that is first conceived is carried to term. Even so, in certain cases, the babies share the same birthday.
Twins speak their own language
"Baby talk" may actually be far more intelligent than mindless babbling. Rather, it might actually be cryptophasia, a language developed between twins that only they can decipher. In the journal Institute of General Linguistice, research published discovered that twins frequently use each other for learning vocabulary. It has been estimated that as much as 40 percent of twins form a language in private.
Some twins are reflections of each other
When the splitting of a fertilised egg occurs later than usual, the appearance of identical twins and various other traits can reflect each other. For instance, one twin might be right-handed and the other left-handed, or one twin might have a birthmark on her left arm, while the other twin has a birthmark on her right.
Twins may help their mum to live longer
Researchers from the University of Utah of whom studied death and birth records between 1800 and 1970 discovered that the mothers of twins tend to live longer than mothers that do not have twins.
Twins bond in the womb
Twins might have possibly been communicating in the womb from as early as 14 weeks into pregnancy! It has been contemplated that this is why they tend to be so in sync as they grow up (finishing each others sentences for example).