Thursday, 3 February 2011

The twin epidemic

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Is it just me, or is the whole world having twins these days? Is two the new one? A sign of our increasing search for efficiency?

Since I got pregnant with my twins (and instantly became more aware of and interested in the world of multiples) there seems to have been a lot of celebrities having multiples. Here are the ones I remember...

Princess Mary has just had twins last month. Hers are the first 'famous' set of twins born in 2011, but Mum-to-be Mariah Carey is due to join her. Apparently she is expecting boy/girl twins later this year.

Both Celine Dion and  Neil Patrick Harris became 'twin parents' (not together. lol) in October 2010. Celine had two boys and NPH a pigeon pair.

Sarah Jessica Parker's girls were born in June 2009, albeit by gestational carrier surrogate. They were closely followed by Ange and Brad's Knox and Vivienne, Roger Federer's girls and Molly Ringwald's boy/girl set in July 2009.

Charlie Sheen's wife at the time (whose name escapes me?) popped out twin boys in March, 2009. They called them Bob and Max. 'Nuff said.

Lisa Marie Presley, Ricky Martin and Rebecca Romijn had their babies in 2008 (like me). Lisa Marie had two girls, Finley and Harper as did Rebecca, who named her pair Dolly and Charlie. Ricky Martin's were both boys, named Matteo and Valentino, born in August 2008 via surrogate Mum.

Of course there was already a long list of Multiple Mums and Dads, like Patrick Demspey, JLo, Marcia Cross, Geena Davis, and Julia Roberts, to name a few, before I ever joined the fraternity. I never thought I would be a 'twin Mum' but it has been a surprisingly rewarding experience.

Double the trouble, double the blessings.

So, who have I forgotten? What are your thoughts on the 'twin epidemic'?

17 comments:

Baby Weight and Beyond said...

My coworker had a boy/girl air in 2007!

I think most of this is from fertility treatments.

Lucy said...

I have twin B/G siblings. So I'm always a bit interested. I was also convinced I would have twins, so have always had a bit of a twin radar. (Still suprised that I didn't?!)

Celebs aside, both Olivia and Charlie have twins in their respective classes at school, and so does Lexie at kindy. (Small classes here - twins are 2 out of 10.)

So I think you may be right....

There is a theory (anecdotal? I am not sure on scientific evidence) that there is a connection between older women/increased intake in folic acid = higher incidence of twins...

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

When I started announcing I was pregnant with twins, I got several comments about it being "en vogue". While I always laughed, there was a tiny part of me that was actuall pretty disgusted by the notion.

I know every situation is different, so I shouldn't judge...but it is interesting nonetheless to realize how many twins there are out there!

Don't forget Maria Carrey (sp?). I think she just announced B/G twins on the way.

x0xJ said...

I would love to have twins! I know it makes me seem ignorant and crazy, and i am definately aware that when thinking of "twins" you need to think of your darkest parenting hour and times it by two, but i'd still love to. I think as with any parenting situation the good outweighs the bad in the end.

I think twins are so common these days because of the advancements in IVF that if a celebrity or someone who is willing to spend the money on IVF they can get implanted with more than one embreyo thus cheating the natural occurance of twins and making it happen for themselves. (If that makes sense?) So in some ways i look at many twin incidents as a mild sort of "desginer babies" when parents are setting out and getting IVF to have twins. But meh, each to their own.

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh & Robert De Niro has twinnies too. I am clearly ahead of my time & the trend having twins in 2001. I always thought it would be really daggy as the twins i went to school with (all boys, all identical) were so annoying & well, primary school in the 80's, they were just weird!! I love twins, they are so cool & get up to way more fun than my singles. They are leggy blondes, trouble will find them!! Love Posie

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh as for efficiency, yes please, i had horrible morning sickness so at that 14 week ultrasound to hear "congratulations it's twins" i immediately thought "thank goodness, one less pregnancy" in my quest for 4 children. Yahoo!! As for IVF, i didn't get asked too often as i was in my mid 20s with a toddler already. Love Posie

therhythmmethod said...

I read somewhere that after 35 (or thereabouts) women's ovaries start to go nutty, and sometimes release 2 eggs in one cycle. With it being more acceptable and more common to have pregnancies at this age and beyond, voila, more twins. Also, IVF is a factor as has already been mentioned.
My no.3 was an accident, and I actually thought it might be twins. It wasn't. I want 4 kids, it would have been 2 for the price of one. I am still secretly hoping for twins, even though it would mean getting some kind of people mover to fit everyone in.

kelly said...

I'm a twin (I have a twin brother and no we are not identical - people do ask that question!) who had my own set of twins! According to my ob/gyn I'm a double egg dropper which is one of the reasons I never went back for more - having another set of twins scared the hell out of me!

I can (barely) remember sleepless nights, lots of crying and also a feeling of guilt that I couldn't give them the attention that I could give if I just had one baby.As soon as you would finish feeding one, I'd have to put her down and pick up the other one and do it all again. I always felt I never had enough time for lots of constant cuddles and I do regret that.

Visits to the shopping centre took forever. Total strangers would step in front of the pram and ask the same questions - 'are they twins?', ' what sex are they?', ' oohh double trouble', and my personal favourite ' are they natural or IVF?' yes - complete strangers would ask me that question. Unbelievable!!

With all the hard work that comes with twins, I wouldn't change it for the world...

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

Lots more older mums means lots more twins. Not just from IVF but from nature being 'efficient' as you say. But you're right, there does seem to be an epidemic of celeb versions.

Kymmie said...

Great post. Lots of mothers starting their families in their 30s/40s makes a big difference. And definitely something to do with our diets. Or something.

I have oodles of friends with twins - mostly boys. My dad is a twin (has a twin sister), my sister was a twin. It's scary. With every pregnancy, my husband held his breath until the first ultrasound. Because he was always worried there would be two heartbeats!

The pictures of the cyclones really gave an indication of the size. Thanks for sharing. (And I held my breath there too, for a bit.) xx

Loving My Kids said...

I have twins and did not have help getting that way they are goin on 3 this year and I remember all the celebs that was prego at the same time I was .My hubbys mom is a twin they are Girl/boy twins my boys are ID and my dad thinks there was twins on our side of the family and then there is my hubbys dad he had siblings that did not make it out of the womb so we have no idea what they would have been but I do notice being a twin mom that there always seem to be twins born !!

Penny said...

I admire moms who have twins! How hard it must be. I find it hard having 2 kids less than 2 YEARS apart...imagine just minutes apart!!
Well done to all moms of twins!!

Cottongirl7 said...

I love Kelly's comments. All of it so true. The complete strangers asking about my sex life always floored me. Really, you think you need block my way to ask if I had my girls the old fashion way or not? I agree with both the argument of the new drugs/medical procedures and the older mothers increasing the amount of twins. I've got identical twin girls, with the whole egg splitting business. Never hoped for twins or really even considered them as they do not run in my or my husbands family anywhere. Plus, I was in my 20's when I had them without any meds or procedures. Surprise doesnt describe the way I felt when the Ultrasound tech said there were two. "Two what?" I asked. Looking back on it I feel really lucky, but I have had a lot of the same feelings as Kelly on never feeling like I was able to give each one enough time, cuddles, ect. Twins are hard for so many reasons you don't even think of until you have them. I love them like crazy, but they take it out of me. :)

Maxabella said...

Older celebs + I.V.F = twinnies! x

The Clip Cafe said...

I think all the celebs are having them with help of ivf or whatever (designer babies) - they have the money and the means. It just seems like A LOT of twins all of a sudden.

Mrs BC said...

It's my dream to have twins, but we already have 3 little darlings & my husband just does the big arm cross Noooooo Deal. Boo.
I have also heard that older mums are more likely to have twins because they are starting to ovulate more than one egg at a time in preparation for menopause. Well, thats what I heard on Oprah so it must be true!

1000 Homes of Happiness said...

whatever the reason twinnie bubs are the best! We were super thrilled when we were found out after years of IVF the twinnies were on their way. Thank God for science and advancements in technology. xoxoxox

p.s I love the page makeover....just beautiful.

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