Monday, November 12, 2007

Double the pleasure, double the fun...












Ah-HA! Check this out: Nigeria's 'land of twins' baffles fertility experts

My fraternal twin sons, Mike and Chris, are now 22 years old. When I found out I was carrying twins, I felt as if I’d won the lottery. Actually, by the time they were ready to be born, I felt as if I were carrying the lottery...all in coins...they weighed 8 pounds EACH...carrying twins is HARD work...

But back to when I got the news...I remember, I was lying on the examining table in my doctor’s office, and his nurse had just confirmed the diagnosis with a sonogram. “Woo hoo!” I exclaimed. “That is GREAT news and I am SO excited!” My doctor looked at me, grinned, and said, “Jude, in all the years I’ve been practicing, I have to say, that’s the very first time I’ve heard THAT reaction to news that a woman is carrying twins...”

I don’t have a family history of twins, so I was curious as to how this had come about. I mean, I know how it came about, but with the result that I was carrying two...how had that happened? I had my own theory, which was basically that I had willed it to happen (I very much wanted two more children), but ...I wondered if there were a more logical explanation. I read and read and read...this was 1985, pre-internet...and eventually, I came across an article that said that there was a tribe in Nigeria with the highest fraternal (two egg) twinning rate in the world, and the diet there was heavy in yams...so one theory was that the heavy dose of phytoestrogens in yams causes women to release multiple eggs when ovulating. I was fascinated by this theory, because I love yams, and ate a lot of them in November 1984, coincidentally the month that the boys were conceived...
Over the years, when people have asked me if twins run in the family ("Well, they do NOW!" I quip), I’ve talked about the yams linkage...only to observe their eyes glazing over as I wax eloquent about it, as if I were making it up...which I’m quite capable of doing, by the way, but in this case NOT...and now, today, here, on Yahoo’s Most Popular News stories...confirmation! So check it out...and if you’re thinking you’d like to have twins...go eat some yams!


6 comments:

Lisa :-] said...

Goodness! All grown up and definite chick magnets! :D

dreaminglily said...

I always thought I'd love to have twins. I don't know, maybe it's because I was an only child and always desperately wanted that sibling bond. Twins bond so tightly with each other. But there's also so much risk involved, and well, carrying two? Lots of work, lots of stress on the body. I don't know if I'm even capable of that.

Who knows... yams or no yams when the time comes... Maybe just one... then if I want more I'll try and discover a love for yams lol (Which I've never liked lol)

~Lily

Erin said...

That is amazing! Yams! Who knew?

Jan said...

Loved your story. I love baby and children stories. Beautiful pictures, esp. the latest.

Wenda said...

This is such a great story and what a happy, beautiful ending!

nancy said...

Your blog is great...it is inspiring me to add pictures to mine! My twins are now in the 6th grade. I really wanted two children and it was a blessing to have twins! There is no family history of twins so it was a complete shock. Everyone kept asking if I was on fertility pills! I wouldn't have it any other way. My twins are fraternal and very different there is never a dull moment. They may argue, but there is definitely a special bond. I hope it lasts... Thanks for sharing your story.