When you are pregnant, people can get quite nosy. Bringing new life into this crowded world is quite an exciting topic of conversation for some and to others it seems to be casual elevator talk. However, be forewarned that when your belly grows at a faster rate than normal--because you are pregnant with twins--the attention is magnified and you will be bombarded with the craziest of questions along with unsolicited advice.
Meet Jenn and Meghan from Two Came True. "During my twin pregnancy, my growing belly led to endless questions from random strangers," says Jenn. "Same for my pregnancy, and I actually grew fond of these interactions," says Meghan. Instead of becoming annoyed, these witty, hormonal twin mamas came up with some of the most ridiculous answers to the five most common twin pregnancy questions!
Eyelashes are natural, your maybe hair color...but let's get real here, what you are really asking is if my twin pregnancy is a result of IVF. While we also love to ask perfect strangers about their deepest, most personal secrets, instead of going down memory lane and rehashing emotional years of trying to have a family, here are two simple answers:
Regardless of your personal situation, babies are babies no matter how they got here. Smile gently at the person asking the awkward question and walk toward the checkout.
In your hormonal state, you can be justified to not hold our tongue! If you need a good laugh, try this answer! You are guaranteed awkward silence and the immediate retreat of that intrusive stranger.
Strangers ask because they want to feel the excitement and it's likely they wonder how they would react too if they were given the news. Here are two possible answers:
For Jenn and Meghan, shocked was not the word to describe the news, "we were each both overjoyed and amazed! After repeated injections for months, multiple surgeries and anxious waiting, hearing a healthy heartbeat--let alone two--was a complete blessing!"
Instead of breaking into a song and dance about their personal life, these twin mamas were fluent in sarcasm. If a stranger is trying to wrap their head around an emotional reaction to twins, blow their mind by adding in another baby!
This one is such an endearing question by strangers. People get all jazzed when they find out you're having two babies and just want to probe for all the deats! No harm, no foul...they just want answers!
Both Jenn and Meghan knew that their babies were fraternal twins. Letting strangers know this bit of information will ultimately prompt them to ask if you are having girls, boys or one of each.
Maybe you know or don't know your twin's egg situation. Even if you do, a little mystery is still ok. You don't have to tell!
This is the funniest question E.V.E.R. There are so many factors to consider with a twin pregnancy. Both Jenn and Meghan could only hope to carry their babies as long as each of their bodies would allow. "It seems like people want to hear some crazy birth plan, where you give birth without any meds, in a treehouse, just like you have always imagined a twin birth...wink, wink!," says Jenn.
Jenn and Meghan each decided their birth plans with their medical professionals based on their medical histories. "The important thing is that two healthy humans are brought into this world, while keeping their mother healthy as well," says Meghan. So regardless of what some Nosey Nelly asks you at the grocery store, a polite, impersonal answer is all they deserve.
Give an answer like this and you can actually see the wheels turning as a stranger tries to process a comment like this. Best response received was, “No way! You can actually do that!”
As a twin pregnancy should, Jenn and Meghan's bellies grew to the the size of a full term singleton by the end our their second trimesters. This question always made them chuckle because people's faces looked shocked and sympathetic to the large pregnant women driving electric carts around Target.
Who doesn’t love the flabbergasted look on a person's face when you tell them--in an extra-large pregnancy state--that you have 12 weeks left before your due date! "When I felt like having a conversation, I would actually open up to a complete stranger," says Jenn.
Meghan recounts, "If I was hungry, tired or extraordinarily hormonal, I would slip up with something overly sarcastic or...eek...borderline offensive. It was a long pregnancy filled with hope and joy...backaches and pregnancy farts...but trust us when we say, wouldn’t have it any other way." As Jenn and Meghan's pregnancies each progressed, their answers to the most ridiculous twin pregnancy questions became equally as funny to them as they were shocking to others.
We are Meghan and Jenn, two moms from Denver, Colorado who quickly became friends through common interests.