With Queen Bey rescuing us all and announcing her pregnancy with Twins we thought we would celebrate by sharing with you our favourite fun facts about twins:
- Twins account for over 90 per cent of multiple births.
- To form identical or monozygotic twins, one fertilised egg (ovum) splits and develops into two babies with exactly the same genetic information.
- To form fraternal or dizygotic twins, two eggs (ova) are fertilised by two sperm and produce two genetically unique children.
- Contrary to popular belief, the incidence of twins doesn’t skip generations.
- Approximately one quarter of identical twins are mirror images of each other, which means the right side of one child matches the left side of their twin – reverse asymmetric features.
- It is possible that twins can have different dads – it is a one in a million occurence! See Mia Washington case as example.
- Twins interact with each other in the womb – and by 18 weeks they touch each other more than their own bodies.
- 40% of twins invent their own language – known as an autonomous language.
- Identical twins do not have identical fingerprints.
A Big HUGE congratulations also to Josie – our expert nutritionist who gave birth to two very healthy and happy baby girls last week!