We’re expecting our second… and we couldn’t be more excited! Check out these top differences between my first and second pregnancy.
Hint: there’s a lot more morning sickness this time around (ugh!)
This past spring, when I saw the double line on my pregnancy test, I was over the moon with joy. We had been trying for a few months, so it was emotional to know that I was carrying a baby and would soon be expanding our close-knit, little family.
I’m sure you’ve heard it time and time again: every pregnancy is different. Yup, this comes down to pregnancies for different women and even the different pregnancies that you’ll experience for yourself.
I can tell you now that my second pregnancy was definitely different from my first. Check out my list to see how they have differed from one another.
Of course, keep in mind that these symptoms won’t necessarily apply to you. If you ever have questions or concerns about your pregnancy, it’s best to call your OB GYN/medical practitioner.
7 Differences Between My First and Second Pregnancy
Distinct Dizzy Spells
At the very beginning of my second pregnancy, I was getting very distinct dizzy spells. I’m not one to get dizzy regularly, so I definitely noticed when the room was spinning. At first, I blamed it on lack of sleep/water – but in hindsight, I feel like this was a very early sign of pregnancy.
When I was pregnant with my first, I absolutely LOVED food – which explains my weight gain during that time. My doctor had warned me that I was gaining too much and too quick.
With my second pregnancy, I took all precautions to make sure I was eating properly – and most importantly, listening to my body.
However, I did have a lot more food aversions the second time around. Especially in the first trimester, so many things turned me off. Once, my husband made me a huge bowl of spaghetti and I couldn’t even take one bite (and trust me, I normally love ALL forms of pasta – so this was shocking to both of us!).
Yup, the bump made its way out pretty early for my second pregnancy. When I was pregnant with my first-born, my cute little bump only really came out after my 20-week mark. For this pregnancy, I started to show even before I hit my second trimester!
For my second pregnancy, I was definitely much more active. Every morning, I practiced simple pre-natal yoga routines. On top of that, I would take advantage of beautiful weather and go on as many walks as possible.
Major Morning Sickness
On top of my constant food aversions, my morning sickness was out of this world for my second pregnancy. In my first trimester, anything and EVERYTHING threw me off. I found myself constantly sick just looking (or even thinking) of certain foods.
For my first pregnancy, everything went well throughout all three trimesters. But, as I mentioned: every pregnancy is different. My morning sickness was definitely present the second time around.
You know that “pregnancy glow” that some mothers get (especially in the middle of pregnancy)? Well I definitely did NOT have it for my first. In fact, my normally-smooth-skin broke out for all three trimesters (and even postpartum).
In week 16-18 for my second pregnancy, I definitely felt that pregnancy glow – and it felt great! I received tons of compliments on the health of my skin and was impressed by its smoothness.
More Questions Answered
For my second pregnancy, I felt a lot more confident at the doctor’s office. Since it wasn’t my first rodeo, I was able to answer my OB GYN’s questions without hesitation. I remember lots from my last pregnancy, so I didn’t second guess myself when it came to her questions.
What do you think were the prime differences between your first and second pregnancy?