Discovering you are pregnant again can be really exciting, and even though you’ve been there, done that, your second pregnancy might bring a few more surprises from the first.
Your first experience means you have more understanding of what to expect, still, don’t think you have it all figured out because likely than not, your second pregnancy will spring surprises on you.
Here are some of the ways in which a second pregnancy differs physiologically from the first one.
1. You’ll Probably Feel Pregnant Sooner:
Your body is more attuned to the signs of pregnancy as a second timer and you are therefore likely to recognize them sooner than a first-timer.
You may have morning sickness for the second even if you didn’t have it for the first. If you had it for the first, you are even more likely to have it for the second, although it could be more or less.
2. You Might Show Sooner:
Many mums have noticed that they begin to ‘show’ much earlier in their second pregnancy than in their first. The bump gets bigger sooner, probably because your stomach muscles have already been stretched out once before. Think of it this way: After your first pregnancy, your uterus is inevitably stretched and will not hold things quite as firmly, so your bump is obvious much sooner.
3. You Might Be More Tired:
You are likely to feel more tired. Mentally, you are likely to be in a different place than you were with your first pregnancy as you are not likely to have the same amount of time to enjoy the journey as you had with your first now that you have a child to look after.
The exhaustion of minding a toddler while you are pregnant with your second child will probably make you look back at your first pregnancy as an era of relaxation.
4. You Symptoms May Present Differently:
Some good news here. Because pregnancy for the second time is not a completely new experience for your body, some of your symptoms may be less pronounced. You might notice that common woes like food aversion and morning sickness may be watered down.
5. You Might Carry Lower:
This means that your second pregnancy is likely to be lower in appearance and not as rounded as the first one. Again, this is because the muscles of the uterus have been previously stretched and aren’t as firm as they once were. The downside to that is you can expect more back pain and other aches associated with pregnancy.
6. You may Feel The Baby Move Or Kick Sooner:
Because you already know what they feel like, this time you’ll recognize a movement you might have dismissed in the first pregnancy. So by month 4 of this pregnancy, you’re more likely to be aware of the baby kicking (instead of closer to month 5 for first-timers).
7. Your Braxton-Hicks Contractions Might Be Different:
You may deal with more noticeable or intense “false labor” contractions — or notice them sooner — in this pregnancy.
8. Labour And Birth Take Less Time:
For first-time mums, the first stage of labour (cervix dilating), lasts an average of eight hours but for women who have had a baby before, the average labour is five hours. The second stage (pushing and birth) is likely to last an average of two hours, compared with three hours for first-time mums.
9. Postpartum Pain Might Be Harder:
Again since your uterus is bigger to begin with this time, the process of postpartum contractions are harder because it takes double the effort for the uterus to shrink back to normal size.
10. Breastfeeding might be Easier:
Quite naturally, this is partly due to the fact due to the fact that you’ve done this before and therefore have a better idea of what to do now. But what you may not realize is that, according to one study, your body is physically primed to lactate: Changes in your mammary glands make them ready to more quickly deliver milk the second time.