01/7First vs second pregnancy
No matter if you are veteran, every pregnancy is different and you are going to experience a whole new set of symptoms that you might not have witnessed in the first one. Many mums-to-be experience nausea in their first pregnancy, but feel fine in their second one. So, even if you are prepared the second time that won't be much helpful. There is a lot of difference between the first and the second pregnancy.
02/7Your baby bump may show sooner
Your baby bump will appear sooner than first pregnancy because your abdominal and uterine muscles are already stretched. Loose and weak muscles mean it’s easier for that baby bump to pop out. Moreover, it will be bigger the second time around.
03/7You might feel more tired and more muscle aches
The second time, you will feel more tired because you will be handling your firstborn as well as your pregnancy. If that is not enough then the hormones produced by your ovaries and placenta for relaxing the ligaments in the pelvis and softening and widening the cervix will give you back pain due to loose ligaments.
04/7Your labour will be shorter
Shorter labour is surely a piece of good news for many would-be mothers. Remember how much time you had to spend in the delivery room for the first time? Well, the second one will not take that long. It will be much quicker due to flexible cervix and vaginal tissue.
05/7You feel the movement sooner
In the first pregnancy, it is difficult to notice your baby kicks because it is all new to you. But in the second one, you are more experienced. This will make it easier for you to feel the movement of your little one inside your womb.
06/7Postpartum contraction pain would be worse
The delivery of your second baby might be smooth, but the postpartum contractions pain afterwards might be worse than the first one. Postpartum contractions are your body’s way of shrinking your uterus to its original size. As your uterus will be bigger from the beginning the second time, the process may be potentially more painful.
07/7The bottom line
The symptoms of both pregnancies might not be the same, but your body will be prepared to face all the challenges. It will be easier for you to adapt and overcome the difficult based on the experience gained during the birth of your first child. Have patience and enjoy the bump ride.