This morning I happened to come across National Awareness Days and today marks the start of twins, triplets and more week, recognising multiple births across the UK.
I think it’s important to acknowledge the rarer among us, although multiple births have been on the rise; the births of twins has risen almost 50% from 1984-2004. With this in mind, I have discovered a few further facts on twins, triplets and more.
General and Fun Facts on Multiple Births in the UK
1. Around 98.5% of all multiple births in the UK are twins and more than 9,000 sets of twins are born in the UK each year
2. Worldwide, there are at least 125 million living multiples
3. Up to 22% of twins are left-handed, whereas in the non-twin population the number is less than 10%
4. Twins, triplets and more have often been known to develop their own language that only they understand, this is known as Cryptophasia or Idioglossia
5. The average time between the delivery of the first and second twin is 17 minutes
6. Australia produced the world’s first test tube twins in 1981
7. The chances of identical twins surpassing the age of 100 is 1 in 700 million
8. William Shakespeare was the father of boy/girl twins named Hamnet and Judith, who he wrote about in The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night
9. The average duration of a regular pregnancy is 40 weeks, however a twin pregnancy spans to 37 weeks, triplets to 34 and quadruplets to 32
10. The chances of having identical twins is the same across the world at around 1 in 250, however having fraternal twins depends on a few factors, including: maternal history, maternal age, race, height and weight
If you are a proud parent of twins, triplets or more, it just so happens that The Workplace Depot’s prices on products decrease with the more that you buy!
Check out our baby friendly items, including: Baby Changing Stations and Baby High Chairs, all designed to help make your life that bit easier, although hopefully we have moved on from the results of a 1983 case study, where mothers of 6 month old triplets spent an average of 197.5 hours (out of 168) between themselves and paid/voluntary assistance on the care of her children and the home!