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Pregnancy myth buster: Moms of twins, here's the truth

March 18, 2013 at 5:14 PM ET

Ask any mom who has been pregnant with twins and they’ll likely tell you theirs was an extra tough pregnancy learning curve. That’s because carrying twins has double the share of myths and misconceptions.

Two babies in the belly means you are eating for three, giving plenty of leeway for that big bowl of ice cream every night, right? (No, not true -- just because you are having two doesn’t mean your calories can double.) And when it seems like those babies are duking it out in your stomach, is it true they could possibly hurt one another? (No, not true – babies can’t hurt each other in the womb.)

With the number of twin pregnancies having skyrocketed over the past decade in the U.S. -- it increased 76 percent from from 18.9 in 1980 to 33.2 per 1,000 births in 2009, according to the CDC,’s Patrice Poltzer turned to Carley Roney, editor-in-chief of, to get to the bottom of things for moms of multiples.

Video: The number of twin pregnancies has skyrocketed over the past decade in the U.S., but moms-to-be often have questions and misconceptions that aren’t covered in the standards pregnancy books. Carley Roney, editor-in-chief of, talks to’s Patrice Poltzer about what moms of multiples should know.