When I talk about how I am feeling during my second pregnancy — and people respond to me by blurting, “All pregnancies are different!” — I can’t help but feel a twinge of angst. Misplaced angst, brought on by the fatigue of the third trimester, mixed with pregnancy hormones? Probably. In fact, I’m no doubt destined to take my role as someone who doles out this obvious chunk of pregnancy wisdom someday, too.
Yes, all pregnancies are different, but knowing that doesn’t mean those differences are any less amazing, shocking, and just plain weird!
Following are 6 obnoxious symptoms of second pregnancies!
1. Your belly gets bigger, faster.
Well, the reports are true. Your uterus has been conditioned by your previous pregnancy, and this time around, it seems to start growing at a rapid pace from the moment you find out that you are pregnant. At 32 weeks, my belly is larger than it ever was during my first pregnancy!
2. You are more tired.
When I was pregnant the first time, I would squeeze in a cat nap when possible to fight pregnancy fatigue. Having a 2-year-old to take care of pretty much eliminates any chance to grab some extra relaxation, this time around.
3. Your boobs leak.
I was shocked when I started leaking colostrum at 27 weeks during my second pregnancy. I know that this is a good, natural sign that my body is preparing to breastfeed a child, but I didn’t see any sign of milk until after I had my baby the first time around!
4. You have increased pelvic pain & pressure.
Not the case for everyone, of course, but increased pelvic pain and pressure (as well as lower back pain) may be more present in your second pregnancy. A bowling ball in your pelvis, anyone?
5. Your have more contractions.
I have noticed an increase in the frequency and intensity of Braxton-Hicks contractions in my second pregnancy. My OB assured me that this is normal, and that my body knows what it is doing!
6. You are more prepared to meet your baby.
So, this one is a positive. Not that I wasn’t anxious to meet my son during my first pregnancy, but honestly, it was a step into the great unknown. This time, I am fully aware of how wonderful babies and motherhood are, and I’m just ready to reach my due date and have this baby in my arms.