No two pregnancies are the same and your second time is going to be slightly different from your first.
While it’s generally similar in that you are growing a baby for nine months (obviously!), how you feel, how your body feels and how you approach it are all likely to be very, very different.
You won’t stress as much
As long as everything is ok with your baby, you are less likely to stress as much second time round because you understand most of what is going on. The random butterfly feelings in your tummy, the kicking and the Braxton Hicks contractions won’t be as scary as they were first time.
You won’t spend your days looking at baby clothes
Firstly, you don’t need to buy as many new things, having a baby already means you are likely to have a huge supply of clothes, and secondly, you'll be too tired running around after another child to be concerned about cute baby outfits!
You won’t worry about picking the ‘perfect cot’
Be honest, how long did you spend choosing your first child’s cot? At least you won’t have to go through it again, unless of course your first child chewed on the railings so much you couldn’t possibly expect your second to sleep in it!
You’ll be prepared for ‘baby brain’
Baby brain is a nightmare; putting keys in the fridge, leaving the house with odd shoes on or forgetting what day it is are all parts of the dreaded ‘baby brain’. But at least the second time ‘round you’ll be more prepared with sticky notes everywhere.
You won’t be able to relax as much
Ok, while there are definitely some positives about your second pregnancy, if we’re being honest here we have to admit that second time ‘round you definitely can’t relax or put your feet up as much as you did. With a child to look after, indulging during your pregnancy is simply not on the cards!
Oh, one last thing,
Let’s talk about symptoms
You are likely to experience symptoms sooner and probably stronger. If you were lucky to have had a tiny, neat bump first time, it will probably be replaced by a bigger one second time!