One Way to Deal With The Remarks When Pregnant With Multiples

Filed under: Twins, Triplets, Multiples, Pregnancy Health

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Carrying twins can be a big experience. Credit: jupiterimages



Earlier this year, the Institute of Medicine released new guidelines on pregnancy weight gain for moms-to-be who are expecting twins.


Normal-weight women are urged to gain 37 to 54 pounds; overweight women, 31 to 50 pounds; and obese moms-to-be, 25 to 42 pounds. The old guidelines, last updated 19 years ago -- before the huge jump in multiple births in this country -- simply suggested moms of twins gain 35 to 45 pounds. The organization didn't have enough information at that time to make specific recommendations based on a mom's pre-pregnancy body mass index.

So here I am, 34 weeks pregnant, and having gained just shy of 30 pounds, I feel like I'm doing pretty well when it comes to the baby weight.

Still, for the past two months, everywhere I go, I've been assaulted with comments like, "Oh, look at you -- any day now, right?" or "You're having twins? So that's why you're so big!" or, my favorite, from a woman who just looked at me and said, "Twins?" as though I'm so big, of course I must be having twins.

I usually just laugh it off -- what else can I do?

I'm almost tempted to buy one of those in-your-face-message maternity T-shirts -- they've got them for twin moms, triplet moms and quad moms -- announcing that there's more than one baby inside, to put an end to all the comments and questions.

But then what happens once the babies arrive? The well-meaning remarks and curiosities will, no doubt, multiply. I guess I'll just have to start wearing this shirt for the rest of my life.

Tell me: What's the funniest, rudest or most interesting comment you got while pregnant?

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