This week we’re celebrating moms of multiples with special twin content! To see all of our Twin Week content, click here.
Being pregnant tends to draw comments from strangers. Sure, sometimes they’re nice, letting you move up the line in the bathroom or letting you jump ahead in the cab line (yay for a recent kind soul in NYC!). But sometimes they’re all judgey and overly personal. Having a child also opens the door to fun conversations, like when people had me freaked that my daughter was uncomfortable in her carrier. People are generally well-meaning, but sometimes an exhausted mom just doesn’t want to hear about how someone else’s freak baby slept through the night at two weeks old.
But even if you’re the queen recipient of stranger comments, I can pretty much guarantee a twin mom has heard it all—and then some. If a single kiddo grabs the attention of strangers who will reach out and squeeze cheeks during cold and flu season, you know that two adorable babies will bring double the stranger love. I was actually at Home Depot one day, loading my daughter into the cart to go inside when I saw a dad loading up two infants into a cart. Being friendly, I said, “You’ve got your hands full!” And then I immediately smacked myself because I knew that he probably heard that all the time. Like I hear that I’m “not in Kansas anymore” whenever I say where I’m from originally. I immediately asked my twin-mom neighbor about the comments that annoy her, and yep, that’s one of them! Oops. So for the sanity of twin moms everywhere, I polled some moms of multiples for things not to say to a twin mom.
Avoid Saying This to a Twin Mom
Courtesy of Jennifer P., mom of 18-month-old identical twin boys
Oh my GOD, twins?! How are you going to manage that? I have two arms and two legs, and I manage 25 children at a time at work. Why is this so difficult? Besides, I’ve never had one baby, so two isn’t that hard to me.
Do you know how expensive diapers and formula are? Yes, just as expensive for everyone else. They don’t charge extra for twins.
Did you have in vitro? Not all twins are born this way, and I don’t like that people think in vitro is taboo.
Do you ever sleep? Uh yes! Do you? I hate the idea that two children means I am a zombie.
Are you going to have more children? Asked as if one is judging, too personal for me!
Courtesy of Rachel B., mom of 4-year-old fraternal girls
Could do without: Double trouble. Can respond with “Double blessings!”
Margie, mom of 16-month-old boy/girl twins and my dear neighbor
And Things You Probably Shouldn’t Say to Pregnant Women in General
- When are you due? There’s always that possibility that the woman is not actually pregnant. Or just delivered her baby.
- Is it twins? What are you implying?
- Are you sure it’s not triplets? That’s just what a twin mom wants to hear!
- You must be due any day! I’ve actually got 8 weeks to go. But thanks for the implication that I’m huge!
- Here’s my pregnancy/labor/delivery/recovery/breastfeeding/sleep deprivation horror story. Pregnant women are worried enough!
What twin comments annoyed you? And what should just be off limits when talking to moms and moms-to-be? —Erin