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Do You Get Bigger Faster During Second Pregnancy?

Chrissy Teigen Asked Twitter For Pregnancy Advice — So We Got an Expert to Weigh In

Chrissy Teigen does not hold back when talking about all things pregnancy, parenting, and IVF-related on social media, and one of her latest tweets proves that no matter how famous you are, you're still going to have oodles of normal questions about impending motherhood. The supermodel and mother to 2-year-old Luna tweeted a burning question that many women have been wondering about for eons: "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?"

And while her followers offered up a plethora of helpful info (on top of compliments) on the subject, we decided to ask an expert to weigh in on why exactly women can have varying experiences from one pregnancy to another. Heather Rupe, an OB/GYN at The Women's Group of Franklin in Tennessee told POPSUGAR that Chrissy's experience isn't all that uncommon for a legitimate scientific reason.

"Your first pregnancy does things to your abs that no number of sit-ups will fix," she explained. "By the end of pregnancy, the basketball-sized uterus stretches both the abdominal and pelvic muscles. With following pregnancies, women tend to 'show' much earlier, because the muscles have already been stretched out. They also tend to carry [those] pregnancies lower for the same reason (the pelvic muscles are weaker)."

So if you're planning on trying for another baby or are in the midst of a second pregnancy, don't be alarmed if, like Chrissy, you start to show a little earlier on!

Image Source: Getty / JB Lacroix
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