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Twin Mom Profile: Lauren Mulenos LMents of Style

Twin Mom Profile:

Lauren Mulenos of LMents of Style

The style blogger chats with us about the most pertinent lessons she's learned through her twin pregnancy.

Lauren in the Ruby bra, Color: Ink

Lauren Mulenos didn’t mind people touching her belly while pregnant… provided “tummy talk” wasn’t all they were after. “My eyes are up here,” she jokes. Of course, was no stranger to attention long before getting pregnant with twins in 2021. Her digital hub of fashion inspiration, LMents of Style—a clever play on her initials—has gained a fervent following of fellow fashion fans (forgive us for that) through her blog. Writing about her favorite style finds since 2014, Lauren created the LMents brand in 2017 to raucous (virtual) applause. Currently rocking over 23,000 followers on Instagram, it’s safe to say our new mama has found her community… and that community grew by two this past October.

 

Lauren's love of style (and dedication to comfort, especially while pregnant) kicked off a beautiful friendship between her and our bras—who doesn't love Ruby?

Just before the arrival of her twins—a boy, Cyprus, and a girl, Olive—The Dairy Fairy got the chance to sit down with Lauren at a busy coffee shop to chat all things twins: the logistics of health care, the joys and pitfalls of gifting for babies, and mom’s mental health.


“I work from home and set my schedule – and I feel especially lucky [for that] because, in my first trimester, I was so, so sick,” she notes. As a self-proclaimed Type A personality, one of the first big, existential lessons Lauren learned from pregnancy: how important it is to slow down. This mindset came in handy when she learned she was carrying multiples. “A lot of times, with twin pregnancies, people will have to stop working as they enter the third trimester,” she says. “My twins are di/di, meaning they have their own [amniotic] sacs and their own placentas, which is considered lower risk.” As far as twin pregnancies are concerned, carrying dichorionic diamniotic (di/di) twins—where each baby gets their nutrients, oxygen, and in-utero protection from separate sources—is the lowest-risk kind of twin pregnancy. Even still, Lauren had to be medically monitored more often than someone housing a single fetus.

 

In the meantime, Lauren and her husband Nick were encouraged to expand their social circle. “Natalie Diaz [founder of Twiniversity] recommended we look into a twin or a multiples club, so we joined the West LA Parents of Multiples group. I was so excited to talk to other moms who had been through everything already,” she explains. “They were a great resource for everything: people would post nanny recommendations, they’d post if they were selling or giving away baby items.” In addition to the helpful exchanges, Lauren discovered the group was an unexpected outlet for maternity leave discussion.

 

“My first job out of college… I’m not even sure if they had paid maternity leave in Texas,” she wonders. “I know it can be vastly different state by state: here in California and in Washington, where my husband’s family is, [the policies] are better.” Lauren continues, “My husband’s company actually gives him three months of paid paternity leave, which is crazy, because some women don’t even get that.” Delving into the details, Lauren notes that, with a twin pregnancy, parents should get double the time. “I almost had Nick ask about that,” she laughs.

Lauren in the Ruby bra

Oh, but there can be some perks to being an expectant parent of two little humans. The all-important twin discount. “It can get so expensive, so quickly. A lot of places will actually give you discounts for multiples,” she reveals. “It never hurts to ask.” In chatting about her pre-motherhood prep work, Lauren brought up the litany of resources available online. “I took courses on Twiniversity’s website. They have great resources—plus, a whole list of places that do the twin discounts. They keep things pretty up-to-date.”

 

Money is a frequent topic of conversation across the board (parenting and beyond), so it’s no surprise that the cost of birth was a subject that weighed heavily on Lauren’s mind. “In 2020, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis: my colonoscopy was expensive. The medicine was expensive. And I had insurance,” she notes. “What do you do if you don’t have insurance? The cost of having a baby is expensive enough with it.” With a twin pregnancy, the monetary cost can be even greater: and two-for-one discounts aren’t going to help much there. “It’s very common for twins to end up in the NICU because they’re born earlier – I think about that extra cost, too.” In fact, unforeseen complications that can arise during birth (events that catalyze Cesarian sections, longer hospital stays, and beyond) can hike up the bill. Mamas carrying twins have a higher risk of these particularly expensive “additions.”

 

Since medical costs are a big ol’ question mark until after you give birth, some inner-circle friends and family like to take some of the financial burden by throwing a baby shower. But of course, then, there’s the matter of the (twin) registry. “In addition to twin groups, Natalie Diaz recommended registering for some single-baby items, like a single stroller,” Lauren says. “The reasoning: sometimes, you might want to take one baby out at a time, like to appointments, or just to bond.” She continues, “It’s funny, because you have to think about getting two of things, like cribs… plus, you want the singles of things so you can take alone time with each baby, too.” 

It’s definitely more complicated than a simple, “two of everything, please!” Lauren confides that she has an even stronger appreciation for one’s registry nowadays, “Getting stuff from the registry is important!” she laughs. “We’re so grateful for all the gifts and love we’ve received. I’ve just really learned how practical baby registries are.” Unlike modern wedding registries—wherein most items are fun upgrades and not basic, much-needed essentials—that golden list of a new parents’ coveted items is sacrosanct. “I’d encourage any friend invited to a baby shower to stick with the registry,” she advises. “We’ve been very lucky and thankful, but unfortunately, we’ve had to return a few duplicate items… or things we just can’t fit into our apartment.” 

 

Another Big Friend Energy move, Lauren notes: check in on your pregnant pals. “Pregnancy has made me appreciate the people that have just asked about me,” she says. “With some people, I’ve definitely felt like a vessel: like I’m just carrying something they want. It’s made me reflect on how, in the past, I should have checked on that friend or sent a hello. It really is the little things that you do to check in that matter to people… even if they don’t respond,” she laughs. “They probably saw it and couldn’t address it, but you know they saw it.”

 

Most moms can attest that their mental health, both during pregnancy and post-partum, is precious to both mother and little(s). “I’ve learned that those first 40 days [after birth] are so important. Even though your babies are earthside, your health still affects them,” Lauren says. “It’s important to ask for and get help in whatever way that means to you.” 

Lauren thoughtfully reflects on her pregnancy journey with a statement on health:

 

“I think about something my doctor said often. Our society, including the medical field, puts a lot of weight on the fetus’ health – on the baby’s health. They don’t necessarily concentrate on maternal health. Some forget that maternal health is just as important, and it affects the baby.” 

 

As for mental health (for herself and all her fellow mamas), Lauren says that the key is inclusion – something that continues long after baby is born. “When I’m visiting a friend on their second, third baby, I always make it a point to bring a present for the older kids, and I acknowledge everyone in the house,” she says. “Making sure everyone feels loved. That’s an important aspect of life.”

You can find Lauren at LMentsofstyle.com

 

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