Can Eating Yam Really Give You Twins?

When it comes to twins a lot of myths are always flying around, from the one that states that eating white moi moi “Ekuru” can attract twins to you because twins are lovers of this yoruba delicacy, others say if you don’t like twins they will visit your home, this one is about yam, eating yam they say can give you twins and this myth is supported by fact. A town in Oyo State called Igbo-Ora has recorded the highest number of twin births in the whole world, the town is often referred to as  “the land of twins” by it’s habitants although no one has a cogent reason as to why this town has the highest twins population in the whole world, maybe they eat a lot of yam.

Researchers are of the opinion that diet can be the perfect explanation for this phenomenon, and why yam of all foods? Because yam contains phytoestrogen, an estrogen compound that increases a woman’s Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), and may induce a higher rate of ovulation.

This chemical component is concentrated in the peelings from yam, and it has been linked to a hyper ovulation; the release of more than one egg, which usually leads to twin pregnancies. And as y’all know, many Nigerians especially Yoruba people are lovers of yam,  fried, roasted, pounded yam, they even make amala from dried yam which explains a lot.

Also, the number of twins being born in the Western part of Nigeria is high and will keep rising due to the increased use of fertility drugs and in vitro fertilization, both of which raise the chance of double or even multiple ovulations. Older moms are more likely to give birth to twins because of the presence of FSH hormone in their bodies.

If you are fascinated by twins, or you’ve been trying to conceive and two children at once are the only compensation you can have for the lost time, there’s nothing wrong in eating more yam, it’s not like it can do you any harm or something. Although it’s not 100% sure, it certainly has no side effect.

Twins baby dust to you Mamalette!

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Pregnancy is a wonderful time for mothers but despite the wonders of pregnancy, it’s a time when mothers are often “bullied” by “experienced” moms or even other pregnant women. The experience can either be pleasurable or annoying, below are some of the things that truly annoy pregnant women.


1. Telling her you didn’t have any pregnancy sickness

Telling a pregnant woman you didn’t have morning sickness when you were pregnant after she just told you she had been shuttling between the bathroom and bedroom from morning sickness will definitely not make you her best friend. We all know pregnancy is not the same for everybody so why compare?

2. Commenting on how different your bumps were

Just after she excitedly told you how pitch perfect her own bump is.

3. Asking her ‘if Baby has popped yet?’

While she stands there holding her bump complaining of swollen feet and sweating buckets.


4. Asking her “Is it a boy or a girl?”

This is something no one has a right to know until after the baby is born, so don’t expect her to tell you what her baby’s sex is.

5. Showing her something smelly

Raw fish and any other smelly thing is not a pregnant woman’s best friend, so don’t cook it in her vicinity or show it to her.


6. Telling her what name to give her baby

You can be sure that even after giving birth to her baby, she won’t be using the name you offered. You should wait until your opinion is asked before offering a baby name to a pregnant woman.


8. Telling her “sleep now when you can” 

Of course, she wants to sleep, she’s probably too uncomfortable to sleep though and it will be useless to advice her to get extra naps when she can.


9. Telling her “you should be doing this at this stage of your pregnancy”

You need not expect her to do what you did when you were pregnant, the fact that you enjoyed meditating during your pregnancy doesn’t mean she’ll do the same.


10. Touching her belly

Every pregnant woman hates it when their baby bump is touched by an external being, no one but her husband should touch her bump but if she tells you to come feel baby kick, that’s fine.

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