Teigen asks her fans to weigh in on second pregnancies
Not all pregnancies are the same, even if they’re your own. Our bodies can change from the way we carry the baby, to different food aversions, morning sickness, and especially with how quickly we show.
Chrissy Teigen, pregnant with baby number two, had a question for her followers that all of us have wondered at one point if we’ve had more than one child: “Why in the hell am I showing so early?”
Teigen announced her second pregnancy in the most adorable way last week. Now that she’s got another baby on board, her fans know we’ve got months’ worth of hilarious Teigen-style commentary to look forward to. It didn’t take long for the observations to roll in, this one about her quickly-growing bump.
can someone just be honest with me and tell me if it's normal to get bigger, faster with second baby? because I am getting big, fast, and everyone's go-to is "it's that second baby!" but they're lying. I know it. I can handle the truth just tell me. it's not normal is it
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 26, 2017
“Can someone just be honest with me and tell me if it’s normal to get bigger, faster with second baby?” Teigen tweeted. “Because I am getting big, fast, and everyone’s go-to is “it’s that second baby!” but they’re lying. I know it. I can handle the truth just tell me. it’s not normal is it.”
It is, unfortunately, normal. Annoying, but normal.
Her 8.7 million fans were quick to give her all the facts, share similar stories, and offer words of encouragement:
It's normal trust me. I mean I only had one baby but I know ppl who are on their second baby and look 6 months & are only 3— MJ. (@FindingMJ_) November 26, 2017
I'm a preg/pp PT specializing in pelvic/abdominal rehab for women. Your fascia, muscles, & ligaments retain some laxity from 1st preg & this causes appearance of expansion faster in subsequent pregs. Not necessarily tied to weight gain. #itsscience— Abby (@Abby_NYC) November 26, 2017
It's absolutely normal. I was in my maternity clothes much sooner with my second child. pic.twitter.com/3mH2HUiqdd— April (@ReignOfApril) November 26, 2017
Sorry, your body is too tired to fight the inevitable with number two.— amy1368 (@amy1368) November 26, 2017
Yes its normal @ chrissyteigen!! I have 3 girls and i noticed with my second and third pregnancy that i was getting big fast with the last 2. So no worries everything is fine😊— Francis Ramirez (@Francis14427826) November 26, 2017
It’s normal but the baby weight falls off quicker with the second baby as well— London Aoki (@London_Aoki) November 26, 2017
The second I took my pregnancy test for the 2nd one I couldn't button my pants anymore— jennifer cabarrubia (@jcab2) November 26, 2017
Yep, definitely faster, but you even out the same at the end. Enjoy it, you marvellous woman xx— languagetimothy (@rockintheburbs) November 26, 2017
And my personal favorite:
My mom said she got bigger w me but she thinks it’s cause I’m gay af so maybe it’s only when the baby’s gay so like congrats on your gayby 🌈👶🌈— Tommy Dorfman (@tommydorfman) November 26, 2017
And it’s not just Twitter sharing their anecdotes that can reassure Teigen and other moms wondering the same thing — science backs it up. According to the Mayo Clinic, in addition to showing early, women can also look forward to earlier Braxton Hicks contractions, shorter labor, and feeling baby move earlier. The reason for showing earlier may be because “their prior pregnancy stretched their abdominal muscles.” Gee thanks, kid.
When I was pregnant with my second I was in an elevator with an older women who said to me, “Ahhh, congratulations, any day now!” I smiled politely and wished her a nice day through gritted teeth. I was only four months pregnant.
Teigen has never been shy about her struggles with infertility and how nerve wracking it can be to be a mom. She’s also quick to point out ridiculous mom shamers and gives us all a front row seat to her very public life with husband, John Legend, and daughter, Luna. This is why we adore her so and her latest tweet is another example of how she’s just one of us.
Fine, she’s a gorgeous, hilarious, former model, cookbook-writing millionaire who can cook up a storm, but whatever, she’s close enough. Here’s hoping she continues to share all of the frustrating and funny moments of this next pregnancy with the world. It’s a far better place with her fun observations in it.