I have been spending a lot of time lately thinking about my past pregnancies. I’m hoping to experience pregnancy again and I’ve been reading through the pregnancy journals that I made with each of my three kids, realizing just how different each of my pregnancies were. It’s been almost 5 years since I have been pregnant (for more than a few weeks due to miscarriages) and I wonder if, when it happens, it will all feel like my first time again.
My first pregnancy was for sure the strangest. I had no idea what to expect and really, I was the first of my friends to experience it too, so I had no one to ask questions. I read a lot, had a great doctor, but sometimes it’s the tips and advice from family and friends that make more impact than the medical and scientific things you’ll find in a book or hear from your doctor. I am able to receive a lot more advice from people now since it’s been 8 years since that first pregnancy of mine.
It’s funny though, during my second pregnancy I was sure the experience was going to be smoother for me. Sure, I had a young child at home (he was 5 months old when we were expecting again), but I was sure my body knew what to expect and I was a pro at this. It really is true when people say that each pregnancy is different though, and not only just from person to person. My second pregnancy was very different from my first and I can say the same about my third child as well.
When you’re a second or third (or more) time pregnant woman, a lot of the process is easier. You’ve been through birth in one way or another and you are more likely to understand the process and be less scared. You will know what you want, what you don’t want and you won’t be as shocked at how you look when you’re 9+ months pregnant. Also, if you’re like me, the tired-factor of early pregnancy will hit you harder since you’ve got added responsibilities of another child to look after (plus work if you’ve got a job, not to mention house chores and general living things).
I have shared the many things about pregnancy that I won’t ever forget and as I sit here, trying to think about my previous experiences — I have a feeling there is a long list of things I am forgetting. It will be interesting when/if I am able to experience it all again.
Did you find your pregnancies were much different or were you more surprised with how similar they were?
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