6 fun facts about raising twins

Double the fun or trouble? Mummy bloggers Amber Yong and Geraldine Guo detail their experiences with their twins!

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You don’t need to be a kaypoh to be curious about living with twins ― after all, they are rare. SmartParents expert and consultant ob-gyn at Gleneagles Hospital, Dr Christopher Chong states that twins account for 10 or 0.1 per cent of every 1,000 births. The odds of naturally conceiving twins are even lower ― just 1 in every 7,000 to 10,000 births!

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Twins come in two types mainly — monozygotic or dizygotic. Monozygotic — or identical — twins are conceived from one egg and one sperm which splits to form two embryos. The foetuses will share the same genetic makeup. Dizygotic twins — fraternal twins — on the other hand, are the result of two eggs being fertilised by two different sperm. The babies may be of the same or different gender.

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Blogger Geraldine Guo, who is mum to 2-year-old twins Jordan and Jonas, and Jaden, 5, says, “I wished someone had told me I’d have ‘celebrity’ status when I go out with the twins. I never expected to draw that much attention when we’re in public.”

Gynae are most likely to deliver twins by Caesarean. Dr Chong notes that delivery these babies naturally is only possible when both foetuses are positioned head down ― even then, there’s still a 6 per cent chance that he may have to deliver the second baby via C-section after the first.

“I felt incredibly blessed yet on the other hand, uncertain about the dynamics of having twins as a new parent.”

Your babies may also face risks being born prematurely, developing jaundice, and have low birthweight. Still, these sobering issues do not lessen the delight that mums-to-feel when they learn that they are having twins!

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For blogger Amber Yong, mum to 18-month-old twins Leia and Lauren, finding out that she was expecting twins was a huge surprise as neither she nor her husband have twins in their family. “I felt incredibly blessed, yet on the other hand, uncertain about the dynamics of having twins as a new parent.” Still, Yong wishes she hadn’t read that much parenting advice on raising twins. “There [is] too much negativity and it gave me unnecessary stress!”

Read on to find out what Yong and Guo have learnt about raising their precious pairs…