Parents Beat 500,000 To One Odds To Welcome Third Set Of Twins

14/08/2014 16:50 | Updated 22 May 2015

Parents beat 500,000 to one odds to give birth to third set of twins

Giving new meaning to the phrase 'two's company and three's a crowd', mum and dad Karen and Colin Rodger have just welcomed their THIRD set of twins.

Beating 500,000 to one odds, Karen, 41, and Colin, 44, from Langbank, Renfrewshire, welcomed new arrivals Rowan and Isla at Southern General Hospital in Glasgow last week.

Non-identical Rowan and Isla join Lewis and Kyle, 14, and Finn and Jude, 12.

Karen, a dance lecturer, found out she was expecting twins for the third time during a scan at six weeks. She immediately texted Colin, who replied: "This is not funny!"

"I was convinced I was having two boys. I'm still getting my head around the fact that there will be more girls in the house – people to steal my sparkly shoes and make-up," said Karen.

"I'm absolutely over the moon it's girls. It's definitely going to be a good journey ahead.

"It is daunting but because the boys are a bit older, it makes it a bit easier. They understand more and I'm going to need a lot of help from them."

Congratulations Karen and Colin!

"What are the odds?"


According to TwinUk, the chances of anyone having twins is currently about 1.5 in 100.

There is an increased risk of having twins or multiples if the mother is over 35, or if a couple conceived through IVF, or with the help of fertility drugs.

Previous multiple pregnancies also increase the chance of another set of twins. For mums who have already had a set of twins, the chances of conceiving another set are five times greater than average (around one in 14).

Race also plays a part; Nigeria has the highest rate of twins in the world. According to some sources, this could be down to the country's high consumption of yams!

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