Twins, Twins Everywhere!

The stats are in from the CDC, and the number of U.S. twin births have more than doubled from 1980 to 2009 — especially for older moms. In fact, 1 in 30 infants born in 2009 have a twin.

Of course much of this increase is attributed to fertility treatments, but according to the CDC, "one-third of the increase over three decades was attributed to older maternal age," while the remaining two-thirds comes from drugs and modern fertility technologies.

According to the March of Dimes, women over 35 may have difficulty conceiving, but they also have a greater chance of having twins. (And because women over 35 are more likely to use fertility treatments, they have a much greater chance of having twins.)

And while I'm (obviously) very interested in the rapidly changing fertility climate — and what exactly it means for future generations — it's not just 30- and 40-something women who are having all of the twins. The twin birth rates are up for 20-somethings as well — jumping 6 percent for 20 to 24-year-olds, and 10 percent for 25 to 29-year-olds.


Because, according to USA Today, we have a higher chance of conceiving twins right after we stop taking birth control pills — and who hasn't been on The Pill at one time or another?

What do you think? Have you always dreamed of having twins? Or does the thought send you into a panic?

Any 20-something moms of twins out there?

(P.S.: Thanks Christina for the tip!)

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