The Real Reasons Moms of Twins Live Longer

Amy Keyishian
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I count many moms of twins among my friends, so I was delighted when I heard that, according to a recent study, they tend to live longer than moms of singletons. My next thought was: Really? It seems like they do so much, they’re destined for an early grave! How could this be?

The people who did the study said that being able to carry twins at all means you’re already exceptionally strong and healthy. But I took an entirely unscientific survey of my twin friends. The ones who managed to respond really cracked me up!

  • If I didn't have heart failure when I saw that first ultrasound, clearly nothing will kill me.
  • It’s heart-healthy: I get an aerobic workout just running back and forth between the two of them.
  • I used to cook amazing, decadent foods -- now I’m lucky if I get a banana and some carrot sticks, so my weight is at an all-time low.
  • Lugging two car seats with 14-pound kids in them up the steps to the house -- plus my purse, the diaper bag, and groceries -- means my upper body rivals Michelle Obama’s.
  • I haven’t listened to a podcast that didn’t involve Dan Zanes or managed to read a newspaper since they were born. You have no idea what a great stress reduction that is.
  • I’m like a first-year resident. I’ve learned to function on such a small amount of sleep, I’m essentially bulletproof.
  • I think we live longer because we do so much when they’re small that we earn “comp time"!
  • Are you kidding? I don’t have TIME to die!

Do you have your own ideas about why moms of twins live longer? Tell us in the comments! 


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