First Pregnancy vs. Second Pregnancy

Being pregnant the second time around is just a whole different ballgame. This guest post from Kristin sums up how pretty much everything about your attitude and habits can change after you've already been through the rodeo once. Floor goldfish anyone?

 

I’ve been reminiscing about my first pregnancy lately and how it was so extremely different from this second pregnancy. We’re talking night and day! I’ll also be the first to admit that I was a little anal-retentive with my first one. I’ve relaxed A LOT this time around, so I’m sharing some funny differences between a first pregnancy vs. second pregnancy:

  • First Pregnancy: You document your nutrition and ensure each food group is a part of your daily diet.
  • Second Pregnancy: Is gold fish off the floor and your toddler’s leftovers considered a full meal?
  • First Pregnancy: You take photos every week to document your growing little bump.
  • Second Pregnancy: Woops, you’re already in the third trimester; better take a picture of the bump so you can document it for the baby book that you’ll never have time to make anyway!
  • First Pregnancy: You avoid soft cheeses, turkey sandwiches, sushi and wine like the plague.
  • Second Pregnancy: Ehh- everything *safely* in moderation.
  • First Pregnancy: Your nursery is complete and perfect 3 months into pregnancy.
  • Second Pregnancy: You’re scrambling to get the room and “gear” together up until the last second.
  • First Pregnancy: Most of your soon-to-be son’s/daughter’s clothes are purchased new and hanging nicely in his/her closet months in advance.
  • Second Pregnancy: You’re all about the hand-me-downs – either from your older kids or your friends’ kids – spit-up stains and all! You also consider if it would be wrong to dress your newborn son in your daughter’s old pink pajamas – who will know?
  • First Pregnancy: You attend every class offered on child-birth, parenting, and breastfeeding and take notes.
  • Second Pregnancy: You could teach those classes in your sleep.
  • First Pregnancy: You read every pregnancy and parenting book cover to cover, sometimes twice.
  • Second Pregnancy: What is this thing called “reading” and who the hell has time for it?
  • First Pregnancy: You complete pregnancy-safe workouts at least three times per week.
  • Second Pregnancy: Chasing around your toddler and walking the dog = exercise complete.
  • First Pregnancy: You do your kegel exercises every day in preparation for labor.
  • Second Pregnancy: This time around the baby will just fall right out, right?
  • First Pregnancy: You track your weight gain weekly, if not daily, to make sure you’re growing in the “normal” range.
  • Second Pregnancy: You have no idea how much you weigh except when your doctor checks you every month, because you threw away your personal scale after the first baby. (I gave the weight tracking duty to my husband: “Just tell me if I’m getting really fat”)

What else would you add?

 

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  • First pregnancy- regular clothes fit well into 5-6 months, second pregnancy- those same pants couldn’t be pulled up at 3 months. First pregnancy- "Babymoon" travels to Nicaragua and Mexico, naps every afternoon before dinner, plenty of journaling and meditation. Second pregnancy- Disney movies every afternoon for "relaxing", going to bed at 8 with toddler and dreaming of spending the day completely alone!

  • This so resonates with me currently. I have an 18month old Daughter and a second on the way in April. I almost forget I’m pregnant sometimes when it comes to making decisions regarding food, excercise, oh and getting a room ready for this next bundle.

  • First baby: everyone had to wash hands and use hand sanitizer before holding the baby.

    Second baby: no visiable dirt or slime, here you go!

  • Thanks for this! I have an 18 month old son, and am newly pregnant. By week six in my first pregnancy I had completely researched the safety of every single ingredient of every single item of food in my house (an herbal tea containing passionflower had me panicked for a week when I read that some studies had indicated it should be avoided in early pregnancy…) Anyway, before I had a child I promised myself I would never eat the stuff that he tasted and then spit out, now it’s all fair game and I figure my nutrition is ok. With my first pregnancy, I remember being really impatient, and wanting to meet this little person right away, but now I have so much else to think about I already feel the time breezing by…

  • My current "first" pregnancy is sounding a lot like a second pregnancy (although, I did take the classes). Not sure if that is bad, but eh. 🙂

  • Ha! Given how my first pregnancy dinners often consisted of boxed mac’n’cheese and hot cocoa, and how we were scrambling to put the mattress and sheet on the crib and pack the hospital bag while I was in early labor, I doubt this bodes well for pregnancy #2…

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