Second Pregnancy Changes

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 | Being Pregnant, Pregnancy Symptoms Category | | Print This Article

Once you’ve been through the pregnancy and childbirth process one time, you feel like an old pro. When you decide to become pregnant again, you expect that things will pretty much be the same and you’ll be able to handle whatever comes. What you may not realize, however, is that there are number of different changes you can expect for your second and subsequent pregnancies when compared to your first.

Here are a few of the things you can expect to be different during your second pregnancy:

  1. Your baby will start to move sooner. Actually, it isn’t that your baby is going to start moving sooner, if so you’re going to notice it sooner. If first time mother usually notices her baby kicking by around the fifth month of pregnancy. A mom who has been through pregnancy before typically notices her baby moving by about four months. At this point, you know what it feels like and you recognize it early.
  2. You’re probably going to start showing sooner, too. Here’s a little secret about pregnancy that no one really tells you. After you’ve had a baby, your uterus does not shrink all the way back down to its original size. That means it has something of a head start when it is growing during your second pregnancy. You’re probably going to start showing about a month before you did during your first pregnancy.
  3. Your baby will be carried lower. Pregnancy stretches the muscles in the abdomen. That also makes them weaker what that means is that during a subsequent pregnancy they don’t support your baby as well as they did during the first pregnancy. Your baby is going to be lower in your abdomen. The good news is that it will likely be easier for you to breathe and eat because of the babies positioning. On the downside, you’re likely to have a more often.
So, what about you? What other differences have you noticed in a second or subsequent pregnancy that wasn’t present during your first?

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