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Was your second pregnancy any different from the first??

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zebedeethezebra Wed 24-Nov-10 11:23:38

Yippee! Had a BFP 2 days ago!!

Just wondering whether the second pregnancy will be different from the first one. Was your's any different? Please share your experience.

bettywobble Wed 24-Nov-10 12:46:32

My first was easy lol!! I had hardly any symptoms, was never tired, only got fed up a bit at the end as ds was 14 days overdue.
This one is so different I thought I was having a girl (they said yesterday its a boy tho!). I have had period like backache and bump ache all the way through, I can hardly walk, I fall asleep at 8pm then wake up in pain all the rest of the night, my pelvic floor is broken so it feels like baby is falling out, I still feel sick...erm, yea, so different! Must be because theres a 7 yr gap in between and Im 30 now!! grin

mummynoseynora Wed 24-Nov-10 12:50:45

Completely different!

Everything started earlier and symptoms were stronger...

first time around:
1 week of bad morning 'sickness' but more being off most foods and feeling a little nauseous
bad heartburn from around 4.5 / 5 months
SPD from around 6 months

second time:
morning sickness (which involved constant nausea and a fair number of running to the loo moments) which lasted until 16 weeks or so
hyper sensitive sense of smell
Heartburn started from 12 weeks
SPD started 12 weeks - and much worse

Carried differently too... everyone assumed a boy second time because of all the differences - turned out they were right but I still don't put it down to that

stronger hormones in subesquent pregnancies and its common to carry more out front as abs are shot grin


Threelittleducks Wed 24-Nov-10 12:53:02

First was: Minimal morning sickness, extremely tired, high BP throughout, round ligament pain, mild-pre-eclampsia,10lb 9oz baby and approx. 18 months to get my body back!

Second: Heavy morning sickness, normal BP, decent energy levels, horrendous SPD, on crutches for last 3 onths, early ELCS at 37 weeks, 7lb 9oz baby and back into my normal jeans at 5 weeks! I am actually thinner now than I was 18 months after my 1st.

Both were boys! 2 years and 3 weeks between them.

Major congrats on the pg! Hope it's relatively easy for you

ConstanceFelicity Wed 24-Nov-10 12:54:30

First- Serious hyperemesis, hospitalized 4 times, difficult birth.

Second- Lovely easy pregnancy and the birth was wonderful!

Hope your experience is similar to mine! Congrats x

bettywobble Wed 24-Nov-10 12:55:25

Oh yes, I forgot the spd/sciatica...I got this with 3 weeks to go first time, this time I've had it since about 15ish weeks!

Dolittlest Wed 24-Nov-10 12:57:43


Very different pregnancies.

DS: Bad morning sickness for first 16 weeks, then I was fine and quite sprightly, in fact, until SPD kicked in at about 34 weeks. Ended up absolutely huge (put on 4 stone) and on crutches! Went to 42+5 before being induced, which failed and ended in emcs.

DD: Hypermesis HELL from 6-22 weeks. Hospitalised for the sickness. Was very bad. From 22 weeks onwards, felt great and had that 'pregnancy blooming' thing...until developed obstetric cholestasis at 34 weeks (boo). Elective section at 38 weeks.

Postnatally, it was very different, too. Struggled with first baby - PND, anxiety etc. Second baby was a breeze.

And my babies were so different. DS was alert, didn't sleep much, very developmentally 'advanced' <sorry for use of that smuggins word grin>. DD slept 12 hours a night pretty much straight away, and kipped away most of the day, too. Was very chilled out and content. It was a totally different experience.

Good luck - how exciting!

feetheart Wed 24-Nov-10 13:05:35

Congratulations grin

Almost identical - easy pregnancies, no morning sickness, some heartburn and general tiredness but that's about it.

Had a girl then a boy and was 40 when I started

Good luck

AitchTwoOh Wed 24-Nov-10 13:07:31

mine were identical, really easy and enjoyable (for me, at least, the NHS thought i needed a LOT of monitoring cos of high bp etc) and both were girls.

aDarkStarWithStrangeWays Wed 24-Nov-10 13:09:41

Congratulations! I got a bfp this morning and am already wondering what the future holds as I sailed through pregnancy last time - can't imagine I'll be so lucky again.

feetheart, you're giving me hope grin

RhinestoneCowgirl Wed 24-Nov-10 13:10:52

Both were fairly vanilla - nausea and tiredness early on (felt more sick second time but never actually hurled). Second time I got heartburn, and a bit more joint pain, but that could have been because I was chasing after the first one.

I had a boy first and then a girl.

yama Wed 24-Nov-10 13:14:55

Second was harder. Just more tired and fed up though - no sickness/ailments during either.

I did get a sore bit on my bump from about seven months onwards second time. Like a painful stitch. Oh, and terrible heartburn. Vanished after birth.

Second baby was a boy and a lb bigger than dd.

alana39 Wed 24-Nov-10 13:19:47

Second was harder, mainly due to not being able to sleep more as my 9 month old (when first pregnant) wasn't compliant!

Third was even worse as I had serious sickness for a few weeks, when I'd never had more than occasional biscuit craving nausea in the first 2.

All boys btw.

slimyak Wed 24-Nov-10 13:21:15

Very different.

With DD1 had a very easy pregnancy. Mild morning sickness that went after 12 weeks. I had gestational diabetes but have strong family history so no surprise, but managed it easily with diet. Full term baby with 8 hour natural birth.

This time I'm 31 weeks and seem to be trying to tick as many high risk boxes as possible. Morning sickness that got worse in the evening that still comes back now if I get over tired. I have gestational diabetes but may have to go on meds, a pre existing thyroid condition has flared up and may have to go on more meds, knackered pelvis and pelvic floor which means I ache a lot and wee a bit if I cough, sneeze or laugh, very low placenta and so far a baby that much prefers the head up position. Doing all I can to avoid the already discussed early c section.

I can honestly say I enjoyed my first pregnancy but I would happily go for the edited highlights of the next 9 weeks if I could.

You asked wink. Hope all goes well for you and you sail through with number 2!

messylittlemonkey Wed 24-Nov-10 13:25:08


In answer to your question, pg2 was way more tiring and I remember thinking 'never again' during the last couple of months!

I guess it comes form having another child to care for, no time for feet up and relaxation like first time round.

To be fair, it was easier in some ways, knowing what to expect, being able to plan and prepare more.

It went much more quickly too, the same thing now DD2 is here - 8mo already, this year hs flown!

Good luck!

beckie90 Wed 24-Nov-10 15:15:49

mines been totaly different in everyway possible, my 1st was quite easy, didnt feel ill much, put on weight easily though, and was ok really. part from a bad birth.
however this time ive had everything, terrible sickness migraines, dizzyness, now spd lol, and also lost weight, im 20 weeks now and over half a stone less than what i was before getting pregnant. and my 1st was a boy n this 1s a boy 2.
but tbh i just think every woman and pregnancy is different

MyLifeIsChaotic Wed 24-Nov-10 16:38:10

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