If this is your second pregnancy, or another subsequent pregnancy, there may be some differences that you will experience from your first pregnancy. Of course no two pregnancies are at the same, and no two women are at the same.
Second pregnancy: feeling pregnant
Purely because you have actually been pregnant before, the chances are that on your second pregnancy or other subsequent pregnancies, you will sense that feeling of being pregnant sooner. The signs are more familiar to you from the first time round, and you are most likely to feel duped into them.
Early pregnancy symptoms can be easier to recognise during your second pregnancy. Of course as your second pregnancy will be different in some ways to your first, the symptoms be presented differently also. For example during your second pregnancy you may have either more morning sickness or less morning sickness. You also may need to urinate differently to your first pregnancy, once again either more or less.
Feeling tired may also feel different to during the second pregnancy. As you are carrying a different baby, the effects can be naturally different purely for this reason. However some women experience that they have a higher threshold to feeling tired, after being through their first pregnancy.
The flipside of this is that when you become pregnant for the second time, you will be taking care of your first baby or child. Juggling this with your second pregnancy can lead to feeling increased fatigue.
Looking pregnant during your second pregnancy
Having already given birth, your uterine and abdominal muscles are going to be more relaxed than before. This means that you will start to look pregnant earlier on your second pregnancy, then you did in your first pregnancy. Naturally your second baby may be either small or bigger than your first baby, and this will also influence how you feel and look.
However some women do experience more pregnancy pains and backache during their second pregnancy and subsequent pregnancies, purely because of how the muscles are in those areas.
Second pregnancy feeling fetal movement
But because you watch first pregnancy and due to the solicitor many women experience feeling Fetal and seven seconds. Of course you are more likely to recognise it for what it is, you do feel it, having been through these feelings before.
If you haven’t had enough time to shed those extra pounds pregnancy, baby’s first little kicks and movements may not be quite easy to feel.
Delivery may be easier
Once again because of the looser muscles childbirth may be experienced as being easier than during your first pregnancy. Of course the story is not the same for all women, but certainly many women on their second pregnancy to experience a faster delivery and easier labour.
Second pregnancy excitement
The level of excitement is a very personal thing, and no doubt life circumstances will influence this one where the other. It may be that you are very keen to conceive at this time, in which case you may be almost just as excited as your first pregnancy.
However don’t feel bad if you don’t feel quite so excited, as during your first pregnancy. We all know how it is from experience for the first time, especially if we really wanted it. While it might be very good news it is quite normal not have such high excitement levels as first round.
Second pregnancy concerns
Some women feel so grateful that everything went well with their first pregnancy and the gave birth to a perfect baby. This can lead to some anxiety second round, purely because of feeling relieved and happy with how it went to during the first pregnancy, and wondering if the situation will be so positive second.
Don’t feel that this is unusual, if you to go through feeling these concerns. Do however, be sure to talk to close friends and family, and certainly express your concerns to your medical team as well. It is very important feel supported during this time, and not feel isolated and with your worries.
Another concern is finding the best way to let your first baby or child no that he or she will have a little brother or sister. How you choose to deal with this is very personal, but it is normal to be concerned about doing it in the best way possible. Lots of siblings will be excited but there is a new baby on the way, when it is presented positively to them.
Weight gain between pregnancies
On one hand the pressure that society puts on women to get back there pre-birth body as soon as possible after giving birth can seem over the top at times. However if you are hoping to have a second baby relatively soon after, purely from a medical standpoint it does make sense to become as fit and healthy as possible, before your second pregnancy.
Scientifically less attention has been paid to the issue of weight gain in between pregnancies, then has been paid to obesity as an issue generally before and during pregnancy.
The lifestyle changes that come with having your first baby can make it seem almost impossible to take care of yourself, in terms of reaching a healthy weight, before you conceive again.
Ideally if you’re hoping to have your family relatively close together, it is something to bear in mind, without letting the media make you feel bad about yourself image. If you can find a way to concentrate on the sensible approach of combining some physical activity with healthy eating, in order to feel and know within yourself that you are healthy enough, and not overweight when it comes to your second pregnancy.
Here is a study from the Coombe about second pregnancy weight gain, featured in the Irish Times.
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