Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pregnancy 1 vs. Pregnancy 2

It has been natural for me to compare my prior experience in pregnancy to this one, especially since it wasn't too long ago and the details are pretty fresh in my mind. Here's what I've noticed so far between the two.

Morning Sickness: had it bad the first time but MUCH worse this time. It kicked in from day one this time around and is still in full force at 10 weeks. The extent of the nausea has been so bad that it has made me re-evaluate the idea of having any more kids and at the very least waiting a few years in between. However, knowing myself, the mommy amnesia may kick in and I may change my mind. But I've been very surprised at how hard it is to be so incredibly sick and also have to take care of one child let alone two! I've had to pull out all the stops and rely heavily on my husband for help with everything and it has NOT been fun of any kind!

Weight gain/loss: I'm right on par with pregnancy #1, as of this week I've lost 10 lbs. I lost a total of 12 with HL before the morning sickness dissipated, so things are very similar here.

Baby bump: Initially I felt like I was popping out immediately with pregnancy #2 but then I remembered being 10 weeks pregnant with HL and the comments from everyone... "oh my gosh, look at that belly!" "are you having twins!".... so my belly was puffy from the start with HL and then went away and then came back little by little. I was tiny with HL for the good majority of the pregnancy but I DO remember having a very noticeable "bump" from the start which seems to be exactly what I have right now. People that know me can tell I'm pregnant, people that don't think I've just got more baby weight to lose.

Aches/pains: Pretty similar here too the aches and pains have started up right away. The hip pain, leg cramps, and swollen feet come and go regularly. If anything they have been a little bit better for pregnancy #2 so far, I can remember being only 6 or 7 weeks pregnant the first time and hubbs running me a hot bath every night to ease the back aches. Haven't had to do that yet this time around.

Cravings: Well it's hard to call anything a craving with morning sickness but I have had a similar drawing towards sweets. I'm not normally a sweets person but for both pregnancies I find myself eating a LOT more sugar than usual. As for food aversions both pregnancies are identical there, I can only eat a particular food ONE time and that's it, after that it sounds repulsive which makes for a hard time finding anything to eat after a while!

Fatigue: MUCH more tired for Pregnancy #2 and I attribute it to the fact that I have a toddler to chase after all day which means that if there were a 3rd pregnancy it would be even HARDER.... hence the debate in my head.

Aha Moments: The first, that we may not end up having the number of children that we originally thought because I don't know if I could survive 3, 4 or more pregnancies. These past 10 weeks have been humbling and have made me realize that I'm not super woman. I'm pretty scared to go through this again with now TWO toddlers at home.

Second, I finally understand the concept of wanting your body back. I always heard women with multiple children say that they couldn't wait to be done having kids to get their body back and I didn't really get the full gist of the idea. NOW I totally get what they were saying. Having two pregnancies back to back  makes you feel like you never stopped being pregnant. I was never one of those "I love being pregnant" kind of women (although I missed it when I wasn't) but pregnancy was tough for me, kicked my butt! So being there again makes me realize how nice it will be to be DONE with this, to have our kids, go through the hell, and be DONE. Pregnancy is such a rollercoaster, for your body, for your emotions, for everything and I am now one of those women that I didn't understand who will be glad to be done with the child bearing phase of life and be able to move onto just living life as my normal self.


ElleJay said...

So funny- I had NO appetite pretty much throughout my entire pregnancy but when I did ALL I wanted was sweets, and I am sooo not a sweets girl either!

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