Mariah CareyMariah Carey isn't just pregnant. Husband Nick Cannon let slip this week that Mimi is expecting twins sometime this spring -- after Mariah herself told President and Mrs. Obama her belly was carrying multiples. Ready? Set? Let the fertility treatment rumors begin!

Don't kid yourself; you thought it -- if even for a split second. At 41 years old, with a history of miscarriage and plenty of money to spend, Carey is a prime candidate for some sort of intervention. Add in the fact that she's expecting more than one baby, and the mind starts whirring.

You can't help it. The CDC estimates twins are now coming out at a rate of 32.2 per 1,000 live births in America. In 2007, there were 138961 twins born in the states. Compare that to 68339 in 1980, and that's more than double in less than 30 years.

So who's to blame? Women like Mariah -- older moms, who very likely sought fertility treatment to help push them up over the hurdles of conceiving at an "advanced maternal age." One of every five births to women 45 years of age and older was a twin delivery, while twins account for less than two of every 100 births to mothers 20-24 years of age. Not surprisingly, the blogosphere exploded with Cannon's confirmation, salivating at the thought that Mimi had to use a turkey baster or get shots every day. We just love thinking of our stars as having to get dirty, don't we?

The real question isn't whether it happens. It's why we care so much. Rumors about Mariah's belly have swirled so long that it's obvious she wants to be a mother and Nick wants to be a daddy. As a mom who conceived naturally, I know my daughter was wanted. But even I can say these moms may want it more than I do -- to go to such lengths to live their dream.

I don't care how it happened any more than I care when a friend decides childrearing isn't for her. Another woman having a tubal ligation or having fertility treatments doesn't affect my parenting any more than my male friend marrying his male partner affects my marriage.

As blogger and mother of triplets Jennandtonica put it in a post on BlogHer a few weeks ago, "All pregnancies are natural, regardless of the technology used to help achieve them." When people ask her whether her kids were natural, she responds, "Well, they certainly aren't robots."

Carey and Cannon's won't be robots either, but here's betting they'll be able to carry a wicked tune. Do you hear twins and think IVF?

 

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