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10 Things You Probably Only Do During Your First Pregnancy

Over 7 years ago, I was pregnant (and stayed pregnant) for the first time and oh, the questions I had! It’s an amazing experience, but when you don’t know what to expect it can seem overwhelming and terrifying. But it’s magical at the same time. Talk about confusion!

There are many things I did during my first pregnancy that weren’t an issue for me with my later pregnancies. I worried about what I was eating, if that fall could have hurt the baby, I bought all the must-have items and read everything. It had a lot to do with not knowing what to expect and a lot to do with trying to “play the part” of the perfect pregnant person.

During my next pregnancies, it was a lot different because I had more of an idea of what to expect concerning pregnancy, the baby, and what it’s like to be a new mom.  There is so much to worry about when you’re pregnant, but there are some things that you only do during your first pregnancy — probably.

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  • Things You Probably Only Do During Your First Pregnancy 1 of 11
    Things You Probably Only Do During Your First Pregnancy
    Pregnancy for the first time comes with some perks and some challenges.
  • You Come Home and Sleep 2 of 11
    You Come Home and Sleep
    After a long day of work, you're able to come home and take that nap you've been wanting for hours. If it's not your first pregnancy, you'll likely have a child at home who needs your attention so sleep has to wait.
  • You Buy Everything You Think You Need 3 of 11
    You Buy Everything You Think You Need
    There is a huge list of "must-haves" when you're expecting your first child. Everything from expensive cribs to changing tables and fancy creams are bought and you're feeling the financial strain. If it's not your first pregnancy, you either already have the stuff already or realize how little you really, truly need.
  • You Fear Delivery and The Things That Could Happen 4 of 11
    You Fear Delivery and The Things That Could Happen
    We all hear the horror stories about labor and delivery and pooping on the table. While certainly some of that is true, when you're living your first pregnancy, these fears plague you more than they would on your next pregnancies.
  • You Call Your Care Provider, Often 5 of 11
    You Call Your Care Provider, Often
    You forgot to take your prenatal vitamin -- you call your doctor. You feel strange movements, you call your doctor. During your first pregnancy you're more likely to lean on the advice of your care provider for questions that, for later pregnancies, you won't.
  • You EAT.ALL.THE.THINGS 6 of 11
    You EAT.ALL.THE.THINGS
    That insatiable appetite when you can finally stomach the thought of eating sends you to the fridge a lot. You tell yourself you'll just lose all the weight after the baby. During your next pregnancy, you won't eat so much because you'll realize how hard it actually is to lose that weight.
  • You Take Weekly Belly Photos 7 of 11
    You Take Weekly Belly Photos
    You document everything about this pregnancy and place it in gorgeous fashion into a scrapbook. It's amazing and wonderful, but during your next pregnancy, that probably won't get done since you won't have much time.
  • You Scour The Internet For Answers 8 of 11
    You Scour The Internet For Answers
    The internet will become your go-to when you don't know what to expect. You will want to know what fruit size your baby is, if your morning sickness will end this week and internet forums will become your go-to for questions. During your next pregnancy, you'll trust yourself more and know what to expect -- you'll be the one answering the questions on that forum.
  • Avoid All The Scary Food We’re Told to Avoid 9 of 11
    Avoid All The Scary Food We're Told to Avoid
    There are so many rules we're told to follow when it comes to eating during pregnancy. Some are there for a good reason and some I am convinced are just to scare people. During your first pregnancy, you're much more likely to listen to and follow all those rules.
  • You’re Sure You Won’t Get Any Bigger 10 of 11
    You're Sure You Won't Get Any Bigger
    You've never been pregnant before and it's hard to imagine just how big you get (and feel) when you're pregnant. During your first pregnancy, by 7 months you're sure you won't be growing any further. Your next pregnancy, you know.
  • You Plan a Gender Reveal, Ultrasound Party and Baby Shower 11 of 11
    You Plan a Gender Reveal, Ultrasound Party and Baby Shower
    All those parties are just so much fun and during your first pregnancy, you plan to have one of each! You want to be celebrated and during your first pregnancy, you do just that. For your next pregnancies, you will realize how little people actually care for them (you included) and opt to do a more informal meet-and-greet instead.

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