I mean…it’s not like I forget that I’m pregnant for days at a time or anything, or only remember when I’m halfway through drinking a glass of wine and think “Oh crap! I forgot I was pregnant! Hope you liked that wine, Baby.” It’s just that with a second pregnancy, things are a little different.
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I’m pretty sure I thought about her non-stop. I remember those first 12 weeks of not announcing my pregnancy were agony, because I thought about being pregnant… ALL. THE. TIME. I made my first doctor’s appointment immediately after finding out I was pregnant and scheduled my gender reveal ultrasound for 17.5 weeks, because who wants to wait until week 18? I talked about babies and everything baby-related for nine months straight. Oh my poor co-workers who had to listen to me!
This time around, I didn’t schedule an appointment with a midwife until 10 weeks and waiting to tell people wasn’t nearly as difficult, because I honestly didn’t think about it as often. I’m almost 17 weeks and have yet to schedule an ultrasound to find out our baby’s sex and for the most part I don’t really think about it a ton.
You would think that as a blogger who writes for a Babble Pregnancy it would be pretty hard to forget that I’m pregnant, but that’s where you’d be wrong. I guess chasing around a toddler and balancing a career as a freelance writer keeps me pretty busy and focused on one task at a time and there’s just not enough brain power left to think about being pregnant.
I’ve also had an incredibly smooth pregnancy so far. My pregnancy with my daughter was pretty uneventful as well. No real morning sickness and aside from some headaches in the early weeks I have zero symptoms and not much of a baby bump to show for all of it.
I remember other veteran moms telling me how different second pregnancies were and that it was easy to forget you were pregnant at times, but I sort of didn’t believe it. I couldn’t imagine not thinking about my pregnancy 24/7. But they were right. I’m sure soon enough when my belly is more rotund and I have a few aches and pains, it will be much easier to remember that there’s a baby growing in my womb, but for now, it’s kind of nice to have the time fly by so quickly since I’m not sitting and obsessing about it.
What about you? Do any of you ever forget that you’re pregnant?
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.