Chrissy Teigen her second pregnancy on social media last week and fans flocked to share their congratulations and excitement. But, baby number two is already turning out to be a slightly different experience than the first time around—and that’s completely normal.
Teigen took to Twitter for some *real* advice about her : “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?”
Here’s the truth mamas: Each pregnancy will vary for each woman, from morning sickness to how fast your bump grows and everything in between. “Every pregnancy is different — and there's no way to predict what your next pregnancy will be like,” says Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D. for . Bodies are made to change for this and women’s muscle memory is smarter than you might think.
Twitter users united to let Teigen know just how normal this is.
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
As a mom of two, I can tell you: Itâs totally normal. This isnât sexy, but basically, your muscles are already stretched out from #1, so everything expands faster with #2. Itâs worth it, I promise!— Alyssa Hertzig (@alyssahertzig) November 26, 2017
Totally normal. Thatâs your bodyâs way of saying âyeah...we gonna do this again and this time, Iâm going to make us look 6 months pregnant right away so we can crush more trays of baked goods...and have a good reasonâ— Rebecca Whitaker (@beccaanna) 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
Itâs normal unfortunately ð© I would simply look at a ð° & gain 10 lbs however itâs so worth it in the end â¤ï¸— glam (@glamour_02) November 26, 2017
And experts agree: “Many women feel that they show earlier during their second pregnancy. This could be because their prior pregnancy stretched their abdominal muscles,” says Butler.
Motherhood (and pregnancy) for the second time is an incredible experience, but it’s bound to be different every time. We have no doubt that husband John Legend and baby Luna will be make it through just fine. You’ve got this, Chrissy!