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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4 Things You Can Blame On Pregnancy

Tell me, did you ever use pregnancy as an excuse to get out of a situation you don’t want to be in? Well I did! But seriously, it’s the only reward you get during pregnancy that is, until you give birth to your baby. One look at your bump and people will let you off. I didn’t have to queue to enter BRT bus, even in banks, men take one look at me and allow me get to the front and do my transaction like fast fast.

It makes all the pains and sores of pregnancy a little more bearable, and here are some of the things we blame on pregnancy;

Pregnancy brain

This is the short form for forgetfulness. If you’re pregnant and you forgot to do something or how to do it, don’t worry people won’t blame you, they’d blame it on pregnancy brain. My MIL heard my husband blaming me for forgetting to put his packed lunch in the car, you can’t believe she berated him, “don’t you know she’s pregnant? Pregnant women have a tendency to forget” Since then, I made forgetfulness my excuse, and he was quick to let things go, funky yeah?

Weird food combinations and cravings

Trust me, every unhealthy food that I wouldn’t eat on a normal day without being questioned is what I eat when I’m pregnant, I especially loved “nzu (chalk)” and cold water, garri and groundnut and no one can take them from me. Some women hate eating the foods cooked by their hand during pregnancy, they’d rather they eat their neighbour’s food or one cooked by someone else but them. Did I tell you about how I loved eating rice and okro? Which I would normally not eat.


Not engaging in any strenous activity

If you don’t want to wahala yourself, pregnancy is your best excuse, “Eh! Can you please help me sweep the floor, I can’t bend” Even strangers become generous when they see you are pregnant, “let me help you carry that bag” they’ll offer to help because it looks heavy”. Even though you might be overwhelmed by the attention and everyone being at your beck and call, don’t get used to it, because it’s not healthy. To be strong you need to move around and work.

Body aches

Your ribs may hurt, your body may ache and you may constantly need a pain relief medication. For me, my legs were always swollen, so I’d beg hubby for a massage, with my leg stretched on the table I’ll relax and have dear hubby minister to my needs, after all it’s our baby. If I’m good, I get a body massage too.

But pregnancy can do mean things to someone, your back will hurt, your legs may ache and your feet will be all swollen, there will be times when you’d need help standing up from the chair and you may be waddling like a whale instead of walking.

At the end when you sight and hold your wriggling baby in your hands, your joy will know no bound, and all the pains will be forgotten. Meanwhile, use pregnancy to get some pampering, but don’t be lazy!

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