In the book Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood, we encountered three women who get pregnant around the same time…. Weird!!!! What is the likelihood of this actually happening in real life? I have heard that when women who live together or spend a lot of time together that their cycles sync up (menstrual cycles) but would that be enough to get pregnant all in the same time-frame. Also, what is the likelihood that one out of three births were twins?
In the book, Amanda, Ren, and Swiftfox get pregnant around the same time, according to WebMD women only have a 20% chance of getting pregnant per month(around 5 days a month that women ovulate). Since Amanda, Ren, and Swiftfox are always around each other it is normal if their cycles match up and since they were all very sexually active it is very possible that they get pregnant at the same time, but since the percentage is only 20%, I am assuming that the Crakers have more aggressive ”fertilizers”. In real life, it is possible but very rare that people living in the same household would get pregnant in the same timeframe.
Only 3.3% of births are twins and even then it is mostly because women who are being artificially inseminated are the ones mostly having the twins out of the 3.3%. So if artificial insemination was not there than the percentage would be even lower, Swiftfox was one of those rare few women.
There is a very small possibility that three girls that are always around each other get pregnant but it is a little far fetched because the likelihood of getting pregnant is only 20%. Chances of getting twins are even rarer without artificial insemination. We as a reader have to remember that the Maddaddam Series are JUST BOOKS! The author, Margaret Atwood used some realities with added creativity to it.
Sharon, Jayson, and TODAY USA. n.d. “Twin births have doubled since 1980.” USA Today, n.d. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost