Medical City Healthcare - January 05, 2017

Having Twins (or More)? Be Prepared for the Unexpected.

Babies — even before they are born — have a mind of their own. Add multiples to the equation and you magnify the "anything can happen" quotient. Throw in a December or January due date and you can definitely expect the unexpected.

Just ask Cassandra Sanchez, who delivered her twins at Medical City Arlington.

Cassandra knew she was carrying two babies and that they might come earlier than her January 20, 2017 due date. But she never imagined a scenario in which she would deliver her fraternal twin boys less than 30 minutes apart and yet on two different days as well as in two different years.

It's as much as a one in two million chance, some experts say.

"Jordan came at 11:46 and J'aiden came at 12:12; right after midnight," said Cassandra. "I really wasn't thinking about the timing at all. But now that they're here, it's kind of exciting. I ended one year with a baby and started a new year with another. It's something to remember."

Twin trivia.

Who doesn't love twins? Whether they're toddlers or teenagers, dressed identically or fiercely independent, there's something irresistible about them. We've all wished at one time or another that we either were a twin or had a set of them. But how much do you really know about them? Here are the facts.

  • Double your fun: As the average age of mothers has increased, so have the numbers of twins, which are up 76% since 1980
  • Heredity myth: Yes, there is a twin gene, but only for fraternal twins; there's no gene associated with identical twins
  • Two's company: Research shows that twins begin bonding in the womb, interact socially with each other within hours after birth and have been known to invent languages only they can understand
  • Twin envy: If you have a hankering to do double diaper duty, you may want to take a cue from one study that showed upping your dairy intake increases your chances — or another that showed women who are breastfeeding when they conceive are 9 times more likely to have twins
  • Sibling cousins: If one set of identical twins marries another, their children would legally be cousins but would genetically be full siblings
  • Personalized prints: Identical twins may look, act and dress alike, but they each have their own unique set of fingerprints
  • Eating for three: If you're pregnant with one child, aim for a weight gain of no more than 28 pounds (recommended) to 35-ish pounds (more typical); if you're pregnant with twins you can expect to gain 35 to 45 pounds

Twins in the news.

Click on the links below for more stories on the New Year's Eve twins born at Medical City Arlington and around the country.

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