A MUM who fell pregnant with “rainbow twins” has told how her bump was so enormous it weighed 20lb.
Ruth Cumming, 33, from Birmingham, suffered a miscarriage the previous year and was stunned when she discovered she was expecting two babies.
LUCY LAING Ruth Cummings’ baby bump weighed a hefty 20lbs
Doctors warned her they were large for twins, estimating they would weigh around 5lbs each.
But when the little ones arrived, Samuel weighed a hefty 6lb 5oz and his sister Naomi tipped the scales at 7Ib 7oz.
They also had two separate placentas, weighing nearly 6lbs between them – meaning Ruth had been carrying around a 20lb (almost one-and-a-half stone) baby bump.
“No wonder I looked as though I was about to pop,” she said.
Lucy Laing Samuel weighed a hefty 6lb 5oz and his sister Naomi tipped the scales at 7Ib 7oz. Ruths bump, pictured at 37 weeks
Ruth and her husband already had two older sons – Andrew, six, and Joel, four – and were keen for an addition to their family.
“When I fell pregnant we were both over the moon – but we had never thought it would be twins,” she said.
“There are twins on my side of the family – my grandad is a twin – but I’d already given birth twice before, with no sign of any twins.
“It meant so much to us, especially as I had suffered from a miscarriage the previous year. It had been devastating to lose our unborn baby.
“The twins would be our rainbow babies now, and gave us as bit of hope for the future.”
Ruth suffered awful morning sickness with the twins, and by 14 weeks her bump was already bigger than it was with her previous children.
She decided to photograph herself in the same position every week to track its growth, and posted the pictures on a blog about being a twins-mum-to-be.
LUCY LAING Ruth suffered awful morning sickness with the twins, and by 14 weeks her bump was already bigger than it was with her previous children
“By the time I got to 38 weeks, my bump looked like it was ready to pop,” said Ruth.
“And I had nearly 20 photos to show how big I was getting week by week. My bump had been blowing up like a balloon.”
At 37 weeks there was still no appearance from the twins, and Ruth’s bump was so uncomfortably big it made it hard for her to move around.
“People kept asking me how long I had left to go when I was out shopping, as they couldn’t believe the size of my bump,” she recalled.
“I had to keep explain that the twins were due any moment, but they were big ones!
LUCY LAING Ruth kept track of how her bump grew throughout her pregnancy
“I kept going to the swimming pool because it was so hard to keep moving when I was so big, and being weightless in the water really helped.
“The staff were so impressed by my big bump that they called me The Twins Lady.”
At nearly 39 weeks in June last year, Ruth finally went into labour.
She had planned to give birth naturally, but the babies weren’t in the right position and doctors had to perform an emergency caesarean.
Lucy Laing Ruth was much bigger with her twins by 26 weeks than she was at 39 weeks with her little boy
Thankfully the twins were so healthy that Ruth only had to stay in hospital for a few days before she was allowed home.
She said: “I had to get used to breastfeeding them both at the same time, which was hard work. But we managed it!
“I still get upset about the baby that we lost, the baby whom we never got to meet. But our rainbow twins were such a gift that they do help with the pain.
Lucy Laing Ruths babies were eventually born via an emergency C-section
Where did Meghan Markle’s engagement interview outfit come from? Star’s Line The Label coat, Parosh and Aquazzura shoes unveiled
MEGHAN MARKLE stunned as she did her first photo call and then an interview with Prince Harry as an engaged couple. But where was her incredible outfit from, and how much did it cost? Where did Meg…
MEGHAN MARKLE stunned as she did her first photo call and then an interview with Prince Harry as an engaged couple.
But where was her incredible outfit from, and how much did it cost?
Rex Features Meghan stunned in a Line The Label belted white coat during her engagement photo call
Where did Meghan Markle’s white engagement outfit come from?
Meghan beamed as she showed off her sparkly engagement ring in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, following the happy news of Prince Harry proposing.
All eyes were on the American actress as she smiled for photographers with her fiancé.
For the massive occasion, she wore a belted Line the Label white coat, which perfectly channelled the bridal look.
The coat retails for $395 (£296) and the website is said to have crashed when Meghan made her appearance, from people frantic to get their hands on it.
Meghan opted for a white coat by Canadian brand Line The Label The Suits star wore over a £437 dark green dress by Parosh
Line the Label is a Canadian brand which aims to produce “effortless and understated” garments.
It was created in 2000 by founders John Muscat and Jennifer Wells as a luxury knit brand, and their clothes are favoured by the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Oprah, Jennifer Garner, Kate Bosworth, Jessica Biel and Taylor Swift.
She is clearly a fan of the label as she stepped out in one of their trench coats while attending the Invictus Games earlier this year.
Meghan completed her chic look with a towering pair of cream £369 Aquazzura heels Her Les Plaisirs de Birks earring cost £850, and sparkled alongside Meghan’s engagement ring
What dress did Meghan Markle wear for her engagement photo call and interview?
Although the coat remained buttoned up for the brief public appearance, Meghan wore a £437 dark, forest-green long-sleeved dress by P.A.R.O.S.H underneath.
P.A.R.O.S.H is an Italian brand which specialises in vintage and vintage-inspired pieces.
Meghan completed her chic look with a towering pair of cream £369 Aquazzura heels, and £850 ‘Les Plaisirs de Birks’ 18k gold earrings featuring white opals by Birks.
This jewellery is in addition to her sparkly engagement ring, that she proudly showed off for photographers.
Could Kate Middleton have twins this time? What has Prince William said about it and how would royal succession work?
THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child and, while the palace have released very little information on the baby’s gender, there have been some rumours the royals are…
THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child and, while the palace have released very little information on the baby’s gender, there have been some rumours the royals are expecting twins – with Prince William even commenting on the matter!
We explore what would happen in the Duchess has twins, and how the royal succession would work.
PA:Press Association There have been unfounded rumours that the royal couple could be expecting twin girls
Could Kate Middleton be having twins?
There’s no official line about the sex of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child, but bookies are betting it’ll be a girl.
However, there was a recent report form a US publication that said Kate Middleton is expecting identical twin girls.
The front-page feature used a source which claimed the news of twins had been leaked from Kensington Palace itself.
The reports are unfounded, and Kensington Palace hasn’t commented.
How would the royal succession work?
Gender is no longer an overriding factor in royal successions, with the rules being changed in 2011 allowing sons and daughters of royal monarchs having equal right to the throne.
This means Prince Charlotte would still remain the fourth in line for the throne if the new baby was a boy.
Her older brother Prince George is currently third in line.
This means that if Kate had twins, regardless if they were both male, both female or one male and one female, it would be the baby delivered first who succeeds.
AFP Gender no longer affects royal succession, after rules were changed in 2011
What has Prince William said about it?
Though Prince William did not comment on the US article directly, he has discussed the idea of twins.
While attending the Centrepoint Awards at Kensington Palace, he dismissed the speculation.
“Twins? I think my mental health would be tested with twins,” he said.
“Two is fine, I don’t know how I’m going to cope with three, I’m going to be permanently tired.”
Celebrity Bitcoin scams featuring Martin Lewis and Deborah Meaden are costing victims tens of thousands of pounds
MARTIN Lewis and Deborah Meaden have urged Brits not to be taken in by crooks using their pictures to sell dodgy cryptocurrency investments. In March, Action Fraud received 21 reports about the sca…
MARTIN Lewis and Deborah Meaden have urged Brits not to be taken in by crooks using their pictures to sell dodgy cryptocurrency investments.
In March, Action Fraud received 21 reports about the scams, with victims losing an eye-watering £34,000.
Rex Features MSE’s Martin Lewis has regularly warned against scammers using his image
And many fraudulent websites are using pictures of the MoneySavingExpert and the Dragons’ Den star to pretend they endorse the investment in a bid to encourage potential victims to give up their cash.
Mr Lewis said: “I find it sickening that these people are leeching off the trust I’ve spent years building in order to target vulnerable people and attempt to steal their money.
“Let me be very plain – I never do adverts.
“If you see my picture in an advert on Facebook or anywhere else recommending products – be it Bitcoin, binary trading, PPI firms or anything else – they are nothing to do with me. Be very, very careful.”
handout Deborah Meaden’s image has also been used to promote cryptocurrency scams
The scam ads are placed on social media and other websites and use the celebs’ images to promote the fraudulent investments.
Clicking on the advert takes you to the fraudster’s website where the pictures are used again – along with fake quotes recommending that you invest in the scheme.
You might also be asked to input your contact details, which the fraudster will then use to phone you and try and persuade you to invest.
The Dragons’ Den star said: “With the growing sophistication of online fraud, it becomes increasingly important to carry out checks before parting with cash online.
How to protect yourself from scams
HERE are some tips from Action Fraud about how you can protect yourself from these type of scams.
Don’t assume it’s authentic – professional-looking websites, adverts or social media posts don’t indicate that an investment opportunity is genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known brands or individuals to make their scams appear legitimate.
Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision – a genuine bank or financial organisation won’t force you to make a financial transaction on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to invest quickly or promised returns that sound too good to be true.
Stay in control – avoid unsolicited investment offers, especially those over cold calls. If you’re thinking about making an investment, get impartial advice from an independent financial adviser – never use an adviser from the company that contacted you, as this may be part of the scam.
Every Report Matters – If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud or call 0300 123 2040.
“A quick Google search will often reveal the truth and all online advertising should be read set against the premise of ‘If it looks too good to be true then it probably is’!”
Mr Lewis has been fighting an ongoing battle with fraudsters and crooks using his images online to dupe Brits into parting with their hard-earned savings.
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