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I have often been told you only get given in life what you are capable of dealing with. When it came to the early days with the twins, this theory came very close to being very bloody wrong. I was a basket case. I felt like I needed super powers just to get through another 3 hour cycle: feed, sleep, play… surely it can’t be three hours already?!?
Everyone kept telling me I was doing such a ‘great job’. I couldn’t see it. I was surviving at best. My mantras were “It is what it is”; “Whatever it takes”; “Just get through it”. Not exactly the attitude of an in control, thriving mother. Nothing terribly inspiring there!
I was delighted to read an article recently called Superwomen: Moms of Twins May Live Longer. I was intrigued. Superwoman? Who me?
The article talks about research on Multiple Mums from the 1800s in Utah (to capture only naturally occurring twins) and reports that we twin Mums live longer, not because changing twice the number of nappies a day makes us tough, but because we are in fact tougher to begin with.
It comes down to a natural selection of sorts, where healthy Mums take twice the chance to hand on their super genes. Ah yes. Super genes. That’s what I have!
Twin mums were also found to have more kids overall than those without twins (more than just one extra people, something statistically significant), recover more quickly between pregnancies and have longer reproductive spans. I am sincerely hoping that because I started later that my reproductive span remains at a tight 3 years and 8 months!
We twin Mums are exceptional people doing exceptional things for the good of Humankind (that was my thought, not one expressed by the researchers).
So here’s cheers to all the Mums of Multiples out there. You are officially superwomen! Wear your war wounds with pride. You earned them!
I think all Mums are pretty super. What do you think of this research?