Good things come in pairs
Published: Thursday, April 11th, 2013
For nearly 125 million twins in the world, April is a time to celebrate. Five years ago, April was declared as National Twin Month in the United States and some cities have participated in the celebration with twin-themed fairs and events. While it may seem like a rarity to have twins, nearly one in 30 pregnancies are twin births. Custer alone has multiple sets of twins.
Fraternal twins Ashley and Alisha Schultz do not have identical DNA, but grew up loving to do the same things.
“When I was younger I liked to play in the mud outside, build forts in the woods and play sports with my siblings,” Alisha said.
“My favorite thing to do was play hide and seek tag outside in the dark during the summer,” she added. “I also really enjoyed when our siblings taught us sports. They were the best coaches.”
Identical twins Brooke and Bailey Baker, 8, share the same DNA, as well as other features.
“They look the same, right down to their teeth,” said Cherish Baker, the girls’ mother. “If I look at them straight on I can tell them apart, but if I glance at them or if they run by me, I get them mixed up. If I’m not paying attention, I can get them mixed up.”
When the two were babies, they were easily distinguishable. Brooke, who is older by one minute, was smaller than Bailey, who was a little over six pounds.
“Brooke is shy while Bailey isn’t,” Cherish said. “You get to know their personalities and can tell them apart.”
There are over 10 million identical twins in the world, with one in 250 pregnancies resulting in identical twins. Chances for a twin pregnancy increases for women over the age of 30.
When Cherish was pregnant, she didn’t know the girls were identical twins. Twins didn’t run in her family.
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