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This Woman Gave Birth to Twins and Didn’t Know She Was Pregnant — #Cray!

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Everyone loves to roll her eyes in bewilderment at a good “I didn’t know I was pregnant until I delivered” story. This is especially true of anyone who has ever actually been pregnant herself and knew darn well she was expecting.

This latest version of that crazy-but-true tale comes out of Iowa, where a woman walked into a clinic complaining of pain in her stomach and found out after an ultrasound she was actually 6 months pregnant with twins, according to WHOTV.

Turns out the new mom Shelby Magnani was actually carrying a rare type of twin known as “monoamniotic,” in which the two babies share both a placenta and amniotic sac. Such babies only have about a 50 percent survival rate — but Magnani’s are expected to be just fine.

As her fiance, James Croskey, described the situation, “It’s pretty nuts.”

Yeah, I’d say. As a new mom of twins myself, I find such a story to be about as likely as my chances of seeing a unicorn prancing in my back yard. It’s so impossible, I need a new word for impossible.

Here are just a couple of the ways I knew I was pregnant with twins, no ultrasound necessary: I looked nine-months pregnant at about 20 weeks, and I could clearly feel—and see—two babies kicking up a storm in there. Not to mention a whole array of distinct and weird symptoms of pregnancy.

It’s fortunate that I had the symptoms — and the prenatal care — during a full-term twin pregnancy, because lord knows I needed every last minute and resource to prepare for a life change about as subtle as a semi-truck driving through my front door. So all I can say is: Godspeed to the new family of four!

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Birth Stories: Delivering Twins
Birth Stories: Delivering Twins
Birth Stories: Delivering Twins

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3 Things I’ll Miss About Being Pregnant—and 3 I So Won’t!

Monday, July 21st, 2014

As surreal as it is to even write this, I’m officially winding down my pregnancy now, with just days to go until I meet my twins. Since I expect this will be my only pregnancy, it’s with a mix of deep emotions that I experience these final moments. (Emotional?! During pregnancy? Shocker, I know!)

Every pregnancy is completely unique, of course. I felt deep relief to have suffered no nausea or fatigue—no major symptoms at all, really—until I neared my third trimester, which, if I’m being honest, has been physically pretty challenging.

Looking back and surveying the whole journey (and there is truly no better word to describe pregnancy), here’s what I see as among the highlights and lowlights.

What I’ll miss about being pregnant…

The special bonding time with my husband. I wouldn’t trade the five years I spent with my guy before babies for anything in the world. But so special, too, has been our time together as a couple during pregnancy. My heart explodes when I see him beaming as he glances between me and pictures of our future kids on the ultrasound machine at doctors appointments (and I might add he’s never missed a single one). And our European babymoon was probably the most romantic trip we have ever taken together—after filling our passports since our wedding. Yes, there are many unglamorous moments too—here at the end, he’s practically had to serve as my nurse—but the bond we’ve shared through this totally singular time in life has been nothing short of magic.

A real connection with strangers. Yes, pregnancy has provoked a lot of negative attention from people on the street (and I’ll get to that later), but it’s also sparked a few incredible personal connections among random folks I never otherwise would have gotten a chance to meet. Just last week, while cruising Target in my motorized cart, my ginormous belly caught the attention of another twin mom, now expecting a third. It was the most surprisingly fulfilling time I’ve ever spent in a frozen-food aisle, and I learned so much, and was so inspired, by the conversation and guidance. She’s one of several strangers I met in such situations with whom I hope to remain friendly on the flip side!

Some special perks. I have not waited in a bathroom line for months, nor have I had to stand if there was a single chair available in a crowded room. I even got a few inches of extra legroom by way of free economy-cabin upgrade while flying (alas—no first class). When you’re obviously pregnant, you’re a target for little perks like that, and it’s been fun while it lasted!

What I won’t miss about being pregnant…

Acid reflux. Need I say more? Nothing defines “bummer” more than the fact the reflux strikes just as you try to get comfy in bed either. As if a pregnant woman isn’t deserving of her good night’s sleep! Thank you, modern science, for Tums and Zantac.

Physical impairment. I’m a generally fit person—or at least I was. In fact, I’ve written here before about scheduling entire days around gimmicky workouts. But I wasn’t prepared for just how limited my mobility would be during my last trimester of twin pregnancy. (See above: confined to motorized carts!) Now at 37 weeks, I can’t so much as flip over in bed without assistance from hubby, nor stand through a whole shower (thank you, newly remodeled bench seat)—let alone manage a walk in the neighborhood. I’m eager to get back into a fit lifestyle—and I have many fantasies (which I hope will soon become reality) about such things as beach walks with my Bob Revolution Flex Duallie double stroller (which I’m told all the fit parents swear by), or hikes with my kids in front-and-back Ergos!

Negative attention. Many women who have ever been pregnant are quite familiar with the tactless “you’re ready to pop” line of questioning from strangers, or the unwelcome rubbing of the belly. (Seriously, were people raised in barns?) Because I’m carrying multiples, I’ve received, ahem, copious feedback from strangers since about 24 weeks. Yes, my belly is big. And no, pointing it out is not flattery—it makes me feel conspicuous and much worse. For instance, when a cashier tells me I look like I’m going to pop when I’m only at 26 weeks, and my specialist has just undescrored the dangers and my high risk of early delivery, that stranger is playing on my deepest fears, and making me feel like a time bomb when all I wanted was to order a burrito. There was one day in particular when I felt so targeted by so many gawkers, I came home and cried it out, and wrote a list of “what not to say to a woman pregnant with twins” on my personal blog. Then I went out at night for one last errand before the day was done, and the store clerk pretty much went through each verboten item on the list I’d just written, one by one. Finally, she asked when I was due, and then fired off this kicker: “July?! You’ll be absolutely bedridden by then! I hear that’s very depressing.” Yeah, thanks. Cue the waterworks again. I will not miss those entitled invasions of privacy nor the total suspension of decorum.

Now I’d love to hear from you: What were your most and least favorite things about pregnancy?

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Birth Stories: When You're Expecting Twins
Birth Stories: When You're Expecting Twins

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The Wackiest Pregnancy Symptom Yet: Frostbite?!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Pregnancy is a magical time in life, so filled with excitement and hope and miraculous changes. And of course, it’s also filled with an array of pretty unglamorous symptoms and indignities.

Take, for example, the latest star to share some news of pregnancy discomfort with her online following. JWoww, now in her ninth month of what has not been an easy pregnancy, revealed on her website that she’d been suffering from painful sciatica. And although her doc approved the use of Tylenol to treat it, she opted for what she hoped would be a safer route: an ice pack on the affected area. But oops! The ice pack did much more harm than good, leaving the star with a wicked case of frostbite on her back that took fully a month to heal!

Unfortunately, this pregnancy scenario is easily relatable for most folks who have ever been pregnant into that dicey last trimester.

For me, a relatively easy and symptom-free twin pregnancy in the first and second trimesters has given way to a third trimester in which my belly is so big, I can’t really get around on my own. No longer able to walk big box store aisles, I have resorted to the motorized cart (which, OK, admittedly, is pretty fun).

And I require an ancillary body—also known as my husband—to maneuver my own basically helpless one. Yes, my husband has taken over all the cooking and cleaning. And yes, he helps me in and out of the car. But we’ve also gotten to the point now that I require his help even to turn over from side to side in bed in the middle of the night, sort of like rotating a rotisserie chicken. To wit, it would be a very bad time for a zombie apocalypse—I’d be toast.

Now I’d love to hear from you: What’s your most undignified pregnancy symptom or moment?

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Pregnancy Symptoms: How To Cope With Pregnancy Brain
Pregnancy Symptoms: How To Cope With Pregnancy Brain
Pregnancy Symptoms: How To Cope With Pregnancy Brain

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Guess Which Celeb Loves Pregnancy (and Why)?!

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Membership in the pregnancy club definitely has its privileges. In many cases, the baby-incubating life stage comes with a pair of very big perks.

Ahem. We’re talking about boobs, get it? And Mila Kunis is among that particular pregnancy symptom’s biggest fans. In an interview with Marie Claire—she’s the mag’s July issue cover girl—she describes going from an A cup to a C, and being pretty thrilled about those new developments.

“They’re amazing,” she said. “They’ve tripled in size. I was a 34A; now I’m a 36C. I’m so excited! I’m telling everyone I know, ‘Go ahead, touch them! Without being an a–hole, I have to say, I love being pregnant.”

It’s been a big week for sound bites for the future wife of Ashton Kutcher. On Tuesday night, she went on Jimmy Kimmel Live with a much-publicized rant aimed at dads-to-be who use the phrase, “We’re pregnant.”

Of course, her remarks have not been without controversy. After her Kimmel comments, I went on record with the opposing point of view; I don’t mind if my husband uses that language to describe this period while we expect our babies. He’s shouldering a significant chunk of the various burdens too, after all. (Ashton, how about you?)

And I’m taking issue with Kunis again this time. Sure, being pregnant can be a wondrous thing—at the beginning. This was especially true for me because I experienced zero morning sickness (thank you, thank you, thank you, lucky stars) or even any bouts of extreme fatigue. I found that people gave up seats, encouraged me to cut in bathroom lines, and made general accommodations for me as I started to show—before I had any real challenging physical symptoms. Nice strangers who made me feel special: What a novelty! This pregnancy thing rocks!

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“I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant—Till Labor!”

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

“A woman feels a little ill. Not knowing why she’s queasy or has excruciating stomach pains, she calls for an ambulance. Shortly after it arrives, she gives birth — to a baby she never knew she was pregnant with,” reports the Connecticut Post.

These stories come up every now and then where women all over the world have no idea they are pregnant for three whole trimesters until to their surprise out comes a baby! I cannot understand at all how that is humanly possible. I know some women’s pregnancy symptoms aren’t as substantial as others, but I put on 20 pounds and looked like I swallowed a basketball—and padded my butt, and not in a bootylicious Kim Kardashian way. I had severe headaches, abdominal cramps, back pain, foot swelling, heartburn, morning sickness, bouts of alternating constipation, diarrhea and gas. I don’t know about you, but those symptoms weren’t an every day occurrence for me before getting pregnant. So if any of those things suddenly happened to me—and I hadn’t had a period in ages—I think I would have thought, “Hmm…something must be up. Time to get a pregnancy test!”

But that’s not at all what happened to Connecticut native Jennifer Scolin, who gave birth to her second child in an ambulance in her driveway. That’s right—her second child. After giving birth to her daughter Kelsey four years ago, Jennifer knew what it felt like to be pregnant. But she says this time around it was totally different. Her period was still regular until last month, and she felt totally fine until the day of her son Cole’s birth, when she woke up with sharp stomach pains. She called her husband to come home from work because she was feeling ill. Moments later, her water broke—that’s when the couple realized she was pregnant and called 911. She barely made it into the ambulance in time. In fact, two pushes and her 9 pound, 3 ounce son was out! Can you imagine? Most of us have pretty excruciating birth stories with hours and hours of labor involved. Two pushes and you have a baby? Unbelievable! And he was no little thing! Over nine pounds, and you didn’t realize you were pregnant? All I can say is wow!

The most shocking thing, though, is that this is the second story like this, this week! Across the pond in England, 20-year-old Sophie Aldridge went to the hospital complaining about back pain she chalked up to severe period cramps. According to The Daily Mail, the doctors sent her home with a dose of painkillers. Hours later she was back in the hospital—giving birth!

After the pains became increasingly strong, Sophie’s mom called an ambulance to take her back to the hospital. In the ambulance, her water broke and the medics realized she was pregnant. Sophie says her period kept coming, she didn’t put on any weight, and never had morning sickness so she was surprised (to say the least!) to give birth to a 5 pound, 8 ounce son, Thomas, just 30 minutes after entering the hospital the second time.

According to studies, undiagnosed pregnancies aren’t as rare as you’d think. One in 600 mothers-to-be report they didn’t realize they were pregnant until going into labor.

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