Even though twins are a lot more common than they were a couple of generations ago, they are still a constant source of curiosity for the rest of us. Retired wrestlers Brie and Nikki Bella, who have made a whole career out of our twin fascination, are now part of another interesting baby phenomenon: The sisters are pregnant at the same time.
“I never thought ever that we would even be raising kids within a few years apart,” Nikki Bella told People as the Total Bellas stars announced their good news.
The sisters say it was a complete coincidence. “When she found out her due date and I found out mine — we’re a week and a half apart,” Nikki said. “Then I was like, ‘This is weird.’”
And they know what you’re thinking right now: “People are going to think we planned it, but you can’t really plan pregnancy!” Brie said.
Never, EVER would have thought this would have happened! Lol but YES WE ARE PREGNANT! Brie is literally only a week and a half ahead of me ☺️🤗 Can’t wait to be a MOM!! ❤️N https://t.co/szQywAPuyV
— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) January 29, 2020
This is the second child for Brie and husband Daniel Bryan, and she said they had been trying for seven or eight months before finally conceiving. Nikki, who just got engaged to Dancing With the Stars pro Artem Chigvintsev in November, said she got a feeling that she should take a pregnancy test right after Brie told her the news.
The irony is that in December, Nikki told Health that she wasn’t ready to have kids yet. “In a way, Brie has been a great form of birth control because I love my career,” she told the magazine, in an interview that may have happened before she even knew she was pregnant. “I know it’s the same for Brie. When I see her balancing our career with being a mom — it’s the most exhausting thing to watch.”
The Bellas are certainly not the first set of twins to have babies at the same time. Other twin sisters have become local, and even national celebrities, for their simultaneous pregnancies.
In 2016, identical twins Sarah Mariuz and Leah Rodgers gave birth on the same day, at the same time, just in two different time zones. Two years later, Jalynne April Crawford and Janelle Ann Leopoldo, twins who had both struggled with infertility, managed to get pregnant at the same time and then arranged to give birth in the same hospital on the same day. Utah twins Kerri Bunker and Kelli Wall had their second sets of twins at the same time.
We haven’t found any statistics on how rare or frequent this phenomenon is, but there has been a study suggesting that siblings are statistically more likely to have their first-born at around the same time, mostly because sibling just have influence over each others’ lives, including their family planning decisions.
As we can see with the Bellas, this is providing the sisters with a new way to bond — or torture each other.
“I get so many vagina pics of babies heads coming out from [Brie] that I don’t even check my DMs anymore,” Nikki said.
How many of you just took notes to remind themselves to do this to your sisters too?