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mychubbyhubby - October 16th, 2006 2:39 PM

I heard that if you increase your sweet potato/yams intake you increase your chances on havin twins. Has anyone heard of this or conceived twins after increasin yams in their diet. And if so, how much yams did you eat..

annahoban7 - October 16th, 2006 4:01 PM

Yams, a type of sweet potato, have also been linked with multiple births. A tribe in Africa whose diet consists mostly of yams was recently found to have exceptionally high rates of twins and multiple births. Yams are thought to contain chemicals that stimulate hyperovulation, increasing your chances of conceiving twins

Zerafa05 - October 16th, 2006 6:48 PM

mychubbyhubby - As annahoban7 said yeah this can increase the chances. Other things that can increase the chances of hyperovulation are increased dairy intake, folate and calcium tablets and a herbalist gave me this list of things to help as raspberry leaf and chaste tree berry are most used (by the lady) along with green tea, nettle leaf, ladies mantle and evening primrose....... Good Luck with it!!

mychubbyhubby - October 17th, 2006 1:45 PM

Thank you both so much, I will try those ideas..I have a 6 year old and we want 2 more, I do have twins in my family(my mom and husband both are twins) and plus I'm 35. ;)

mychubbyhubby - October 17th, 2006 4:38 PM

Hey Zerafa05, I started to look up the items you listed..I was wondering which ones are you taking, I'm not sure which if all the supplements I should take.

Zerafa05 - October 17th, 2006 6:47 PM

mychubbyhubby - The best to take I believe is Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. There is a shop on Ebay that sell these herbs and you would drink them like tea (you boil the herbs for about 30 min to get the full benefit of them, so doinf them in a batch would be best. The only thing is if doing them in a batch you shouldn't keep the tea for longer than a 24 hour period). It is best to start Folate and Calic_m tablets before trying for the health of the child anyway so that would also help. Increase your dairy and yam/sweet potatoe intake as well and all these things should help! It helps that your mother is a twin, I don't believe it has anything to doi with your husbands family though. But all considered chances are good! Good Luck and baby dust to you! BTW someone I know went to a chinese herbalist and they gave her something to help her chances, she ended up falling pregnant with twins (boy/girl) so maybe that's worth a shot as well!

wanthappychubbybabies25 - October 17th, 2006 9:04 PM

You can also go to that's where I bought my herbs from and just got a BFP, waiting for blood work to confirm.

Veda - December 24th, 2006 11:47 AM

I too went to and was purchased wild yam also called Prognaturally as well as most of the herbs the ladies have discribed.

wanthappychubbybabies25 - December 24th, 2006 12:48 PM

I had a m/c, so we are ttc again for one more cycle and then that's it. I don't know if I can keep dealing with the loss.

I. want.Ibeji - December 24th, 2006 4:46 PM

Sorry to say this but the type of yams you suggested is not the ones we Yorubas eat. The type of yam that aids in multiple births is called agida. I got some (in flake form) sent to me before I started clomid. I ate about 3 spoons daily until I O'd. Of cos I don't know if it'll help but it wouldn't hurt to try. I'm just 2dpo so I'll keep you all updated soon.

I. want.Ibeji - December 31st, 2006 7:34 PM

At Zerafa05: the flake form is called garri. I had my mom send me some from home because I don't have any African store close by me, but you can get it from most African stores. Anyway, the jury is still out on if agida increases the rate of multiples. My chances of having a twin is slightly high though with or without agida. I'm Yoruba. My great grand mother and my grand mother had twins. My mother had a m/c of twin so I'm hoping I catch a twin from them lol.
Baby dust to all.

Anathi - February 22nd, 2007 8:03 AM

Hi ladies sorry to burge in but I'm taken by the herbs and yams. I've been searching around for yams (In South Africa- EasternCape) but cant found them maybe the herbs but where can I get them? .

LauraEssary - February 22nd, 2007 9:37 AM

The only type of yams that produce twins is Agida Yams.. I would google it if I were you.. They have agida flakes and agida tea online somewhere. I wish I still had the website on hand but I dont.

Zerafa05 - February 22nd, 2007 4:30 PM

Hello girls, I visited a Chinese herbalist yesterday and spoke to him about increasing ovulation. He has put me on herbs to increase ovulation and I am to monitor and chart my BSL Temp to find out when I actually O. This is a healthy way of going about it! I actually know someone who was successful! So fingers crossed for me!

TeresaG - March 11th, 2007 12:40 AM

Hi there, well I read about this study in Africa where the diet is really high in yams and the incidence of twins is really high. I am an identical twin and my husband is a fraternal twin, we both desperately wanted twins, so we started eating yams periodically about 2 years ago. Then last summer we decided to start trying for a family in the October, so we started eating yams every day (including the skin, as the skin contains a chemical which makes the woman ovulate more than one egg a month). We are now 21 weeks pregnant with fraternal twins!!!!! I know that we are both twins, but my ob/gyn says it is very rare that we are having twins as there is no hereditary factor on my side. I am absolutely convinced that the yams had something to do with it!
Good luck

melpalmer7 - March 12th, 2007 12:44 AM

teresa- congrats on your twins!!! That is crazy! Did you just eat regular yams? Do you know what you are having yet? Good luck and thanks for the info! melanie

Our greatest gift - March 16th, 2007 6:25 PM

I've heard of this before... In Africa there is a community of more than half twins and the main food of there diet is yams...


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