7 Differences Between First and Second Pregnancy (For Me)

Hey Guys! I hope you are all having a great week thus far.

I feel like I am finally in a place where I can start getting back to my blog again. My groove is coming back. Perhaps this is because my daughter is in day home two days per week (more on that in a later post) and it has allowed me to catch up on my home business and on my writing. I really do feel like a new person!

If any of you have read my post “My Reason for Not Returning to Work“, then you know that my husband and I are expecting our second baby. Yay!

We are super excited to bring another little miracle into the world. In fact, I am just as excited as I was the first time. Being able to feel my little baby moving around inside me is something I will never get used to, and as I have said to my husband, I don’t know if I will be ready to stop feeling it after this little one is born.

It is truly extraordinary to feel that immediate unconditional love. I cried when I saw the first ultrasound, and I cried when I heard the first heartbeat.

My heart’s reactions to being introduced to my second child for the first time are exactly the same.

Although my emotional feelings are the same as they were last time, that is about the only thing that hasn’t changed. Read on to see a list of what has changed, and if you are heading towards your second pregnancy, be prepared!

  1. There is no relaxing. I sometimes reminisce about how during my first pregnancy I would sit at my work desk, sipping my ginger ale and eating my crackers feeling exhausted. I would then make the long drive home where I could lay down on the couch and relax for the night, in between preparing dinner ordering take-out and having a warm bath with my book. I’m usually having this peaceful thought while my daughter is telling me she “poo-pooed” and throwing her toys everywhere.

  2. There is no time to feel crappy. This seems silly but it is so true. I get asked all the time how I am feeling, and I always respond with “I’m fine”. At that moment I do actually feel fine. It isn’t until I am in bed at night that my aches and pains kick in. I’m not even sure if I had morning sickness for the first few months. I know I didn’t puke, but was I sick? I don’t know. I was too busy chasing my daughter.

  3. There isn’t as much weight gain (for me). I need to be specific. I, personally, have not experienced as drastic of a weight gain, and I fully believe this is because I am not sitting at a desk munching on food during this pregnancy. I am also in a prenatal fitness class (more on this in a future post). This is only my experience.

  4. There isn’t a sense of urgency. During my first pregnancy, I felt like everything need to be done ASAP. Now I am kind of like a procrastinating sloth.

  5. I am not spending as much money. We will have to buy some new furniture for our toddler, yes, but I am not spending money on frivolous items like maternity clothes. I have been going to bed in my husband’s t-shirts because it took me only 10 seconds to realize that maternity nightwear is double the price, and only lasts 9 months.

  6. I am more confident. Truly. I feel like I can do this. I have been “doing this” for over a year now, and despite not being perfect, I believe that I am doing a good job, and will continue to do a good job.

  7. I am terrified. I don’t know if I was dreaming for 9 months with pregnancy #1, or if I thought my little baby would float in on a cloud, but I guess I just didn’t know what to expect when labor hit. Now I do know what to expect and I am absolutely dreading it! Oh well. Baby has to enter the world somehow.

Overall, I cannot wait to meet my second (perhaps middle) child. He or she is being born into such a loving, fun home and we have so much to offer. I think Ava will be an amazing big sister, even if she is a bit bossy.

Do you have any tips on how to make becoming a mom for the second time a little bit easier? If so, I am all ears.

Cheers!

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