“Am I carrying twins“?
Once you know you’re pregnant, but before your first ultrasound, you still have questions. Although multiple births are not common, being pregnant with twins is common enough that it’s a good question.
My latest Decoded Pregnancy article, “The Probability of Becoming Pregnant with Twins“, answers that question using statistics from the United States. The article also notes factors such as racial heritage, maternal age and fertility treatments as influences. Some twins develop from one fertilized egg; others from separate eggs fertilized by different sperm cells.
Quick now: what do statistics say about Canadian twin pregnancies?
The Recent Canadian Rate of Being Pregnant with Twins
According to UBC professor Linda G Leonard (RN & MSN), in “Twins, Triplets and More“, multiple births accounted for 3.2% of live births in Canada in 2010. “Multiple” means “two or more”, but “or more” are rare indeed.
In BC, 1 of every 32 births were twins. Only 1 of every 3,119 were “or more”: triplets or quadruplets.
That’s almost a ratio of 100 pairs twins to every trio of triplets or golfing buddies of quadruplets or basketball team of quintuplets.
Remember that these statistics cross the borders among race, age and fertility treatments. Your own chance of being pregnant with twins depends on those factors; read my Decoded Pregnancy article for those details.
More Probabilities about Pregnancy
If you’re interested in the chances of “boy or girl”, “expected height on maturity”, “eye colour” or even “what are the chances of getting pregnant”…I’ve written about those in Decoded Pregnancy, too. If you have other questions of a “how likely is…” nature, please place a question in their “Ask an Expert” section.
Are You Pregnant?
Do you know when is the time to get pregnant? Which are you most fertile days of the month? A fertility monitor lets you know your best time to conceive. In the UK, the ClearBlue Fertility Monitor kit had a perfect 5/5 review from 7 customers. The kit includes 20 fertility monitor testing sticks plus two “ultra early” pregnancy testing strips.
In the United States, the top-rated fertility monitor is also by Clear Blue; but it only earns 4.4/5 stars. You also need to buy additional testing strips. The most frugal American alternative is the “First Response Easy Read Ovulation Test 7 Tests“. It has 7 fertility test strips and one pregancy test strip. With a 3.4/5 rating, some reviewers were completely satisfied and others recommended the Clear Blue digital tests.
Canada also sells the Clear Blue Fertility Montitor when it’s in stock, as well as the testing strips. The revised book, “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler boasts a 4.8/5 rating over 238 reviews, making it a remarkably well-received paperback.
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Thank you for reading about the statistical chances for a Canadian pregnancy with twins.Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.