Beyoncé’s Twins Might Be a Sign of a Millennial Fertility Trend
Unless you have spent the last 24 hours under a rock with no WiFi, you’ve definitely heard the good news that Beyoncé finally had her twins. Earlier in June, Amal and George Clooney also welcomed twins into the world, adding to the growing list of celebs with twins in their broods. Coincidence? Maybe. But it could also be a trend related to maternal age — and science.
Besides having new twins (and super successful careers), Clooney and Beyoncé have an age range in common: Bey is 35, and Amal is 39.
Recent studies have shown that once a woman passes age 35, her chances of having twins goes way up. According to Scientific American, a woman is four times more likely to give birth to fraternal (AKA non-identical) twins at age 37 compared to age 18. And since more women than ever are now having their first babies in their thirties — a cohort that includes a whole lot of millennial women — Hollywood’s twin baby boom helps shed light on a fertility trend that’s hitting millennial women especially close to home.
More twins are being born in the US than ever before, thanks to the convergence of age-related hormonal shifts and evolving fertility science. According to a 2014 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of twins born in the US reached an all-time high in 2014, with 23.9 twins for every 1,000 births in 2014.
Seeing a woman in her mid-to-late thirties (or beyond) who is pregnant with twins may lead people to assume that the woman has undergone some sort of fertility treatment. It’s true that advances in fertility treatments and alternative methods of conception such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) do have something to do with the overall twin boom.
Twins or other multiples can be more common among IVF patients, many of whom opt to have more than one embryo implanted at a time, which ends up boosting the odds of multiple births. But other research shows that it’s not just fertility medicine that contributes to higher twin births among moms who are in their thirties or later.
As modern medicine continues to develop and refine ways to conceive when it becomes more of a struggle (which it can be for women in their mid-thirties and beyond), more women are able to have babies than in previous decades when IVF and other treatments didn’t exist or were still very new.
But the other big factor at play is totally biological: hormones. According to a 2006 study that collected data from the reproductive cycles of 507 women ages 24 through 41 for 959 menstrual cycles, women who age 35 through 41 have a pronounced shift in hormones that makes them more likely to have twins.
Compared to women in their twenties, women in their thirties had higher levels of a pregnancy-related hormone called follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). As a result, women in their thirties were likelier to prepare more than one egg during their menstrual cycle.
None of us earthly beings know if Beyoncé or Amal used any kind of fertility treatment to have their twins and, of course, it’s nobody’s business if they did. But even if they didn’t, the combination of their ages and the right timing could have led to having multiples. However they conceived their babies, it’s exciting to live in a time when so many twins are being born. It’s also great to know that moms well into their thirties and beyond have choices when they want to have kids.
What do you think of all these celeb twin births? Tell us on Twitter @BritandCo.
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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