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Q: Have you been more reluctant to exercise since you are carrying twins?
A: I was in the beginning. I wanted to wait until everything felt very secure. I’ve worked out a little bit, but I can’t say I have gone crazy with it. I’ve done yoga and been walking, but no weightlifting. Having a 5-year-old keeps you busy and active no matter what. The priority for me has been resting and making sure everything is progressing along. I try to eat right and be sane about it. I know my body will come back.
Q: Have you thought about names?
A: We have our lists, but we are waiting to meet them.
Q: How does Mathilda feel about the babies?
A: She’s excited, but there’s a certain amount of trepidation since she’s been an only child for 5 1/2 years. She doesn’t exactly know what it’s going to be like. Everywhere we go people tell her she’s going to be a big sister. She’s been a baby for so long, so it’s a lot for her to take in. She did tell us that when the babies are born that we should find a stepdaddy for them.
Q: Any advice for first-time pregnant women?
A: Every woman is different and has her own experience, but it’s important to eat right and take care of yourself. You don’t need to run a marathon but don’t stop working out if it feels good. You have to listen to your own body. And trust that you can give birth.
Q: Do you have a birth plan?
A: I am going to try to do it naturally, but it’s not easy to find an OB who won’t immediately schedule a C-section when you have twins. It feels like our country has gone a little crazy on that front. I really do feel that giving birth the natural way is important. Of course, if they tell me I have to have C-section because it’s dangerous for the babies not to, I won’t say no. But I don’t want to discount it as a possibility.
Q: What kind of mother would you say you are?
A: I think that I am loving, compassionate and interested. I am a little bit more of a disciplinarian than my husband. There’s always one in a family. I think I am fairly liberal in that I don’t try to force things, ideas or religion on Mathilda, but I want to make sure that she has manners, a code of ethics and cares about others.