My second pregnancy is coming to an end and naturally I’ve compared this experience to my first one, a lot. I never really believed women when they said your pregnancies can be totally different, but after comparing my first vs second pregnancy I can tell they differ in many ways. Overall, I’ve been healthy and in good spirits both times around which is such a blessing.
Comparing my First and Second Pregnancies
- Morning sickness. With my first pregnancy, I did have morning sickness, but I wouldn’t say it was that bad. I did throw up 2-3 times a day, but I feel like going to school everyday kept my mind busy and I didn’t have time to focus on the ill feeling. With that being said, there was a time when I ran from my university’s Starbucks to the restroom to throw up… Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the restroom so I puked into a trash can :s Sorry for anyone who had to witness that xD. Anyways, during my first pregnancy the morning sickness lasted about six weeks from week 6 to week 12. This time around, it lasted so much longer (over 2 months) and was super bad. I was bed-bound most of the time, so morning sickness was definitely easier in my first vs second pregnancy. Thank God for my amazing hubby and mama-in-love who came to the rescue <3
- Energy levels. With Jussi, I was super energetic the entire time! I could do so many things a day and still feel like running a marathon (well, we all know how much I dislike running so maybe not lol). Now, however, I’m super super tired all the time. The fatigue started in my third trimester and it’s pretty insane to be honest. I get really out of breath and my heart starts beating like crazy after just walking up the stairs or going for a walk and talking at the same time. Maybe I’m just out of shape…:D
- Belly. My bump now is definitely bigger and it popped out earlier than it did with my first pregnancy. I think it makes sense though, considering that there’s less than two years in between my pregnancies. I didn’t have (bad) diastasis recti, which is separation in your abs, but my muscles were weaker for sure after delivering my first son. They say that your consecutive pregnancies show earlier and this is totally true! Loving my bump <3
- Discomfort and pain. I don’t have any more or less pain now, but the level of discomfort is sky high. It’s really uncomfortable to sit or lay down unless I can move around non-stop and change my position. This is precisely the reason why I mentioned in this blog post that flying during third trimester was not pleasant. Again, I’m sure the fact that this is the second time my body is going thru these changes has something to do with it. And mostly it’s just my big belly that’s “on the way” and causing me to feel like my organs are super squished. With Jussi’s pregnancy, I did have lightin pain that started pretty early and caused me to think I’m in labor. As of now, it hasn’t started (yet), but I’m kinda looking forward to that because the last time it did dilate me a little bit so I knew labor was getting close!
- Gestational diabetes. The 1 hour glucose tolerance test is a standard test that the doctor makes every pregnant mama take I think twice during their pregnancy. I have wildly different experiences with GD in my first vs second pregnancy. When I was pregnant with my first son, I had no issues and passed the tests. A few weeks ago I heard that I failed the one hour long test and had to go back to do the three hour one to confirm whether or not I have gestational diabetes. Thankfully, I ended up not having it. In hindsight, the baguette that I ate (you’re NOT supposed to eat anything) 10 minutes before my 1-hour test probably caused my blood sugar to spike, hence the higher the test result. What’s funny is that I’ve been eating way healthier this time so the diabetes diagnosis would’ve been so random, lol.
- Memory and pregnancy brain. I never had ‘pregnancy brain’ with Jussi, and I wouldn’t say I have it now either. But if there’s something that’s different it’s my memory and tracking how far along I am. Now when people ask me about it, I either have to count down from my due date or check the pregnancy app. Time just goes by so fast with a toddler and since this is my second pregnancy, I don’t have the time to track my pregnancy progress every day.
- Heartburn. I had really bad heartburn during my first pregnancy. I had to take an antacid or two every single night before bed starting from 30ish weeks, and I’d still wake up at night multiple times with the worst burning sensation in my throat. With my second pregnancy, I do have heartburn but it’s not nearly as bad. I take antacids before bed to prevent heartburn, but at no point has it gotten as bad as it did with Jussi’s pregnancy.
- Restless leg syndrome. So this is a completely new thing I’m dealing with! I never had this with Jussi so this adds to the list of new things in my first vs second pregnancy. My legs get really restless during the evening and when I’m in bed. I have this constant need to move them and put pressure on them or otherwise they tickle and fall asleep. I’ve considered buying compressor socks to see if they help, but I always forget to buy them, haha. Now I’m so close to giving birth that I might as well just wait until my delivery when it (hopefully) goes away. Until then, I’ll just keep massaging them (aka have Tim massage me) since that helps a lot!
I’ve linked dresses similar to this one that I wore for my baby shower on my LTK profile!