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Chasing adventure & living mindfully while parenting through mental illness


Comparing Pregnancies

Comparing Pregnancies

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I was fortunate enough to plan both of my pregnancies. Going into my first pregnancy, I knew a lot was going to be unpredictable. Every body handles pregnancy differently. Going into my second pregnancy, I thought I knew at least a little bit about what to expect. Turns out, not only does every person handle pregnancy differently, but every pregnancy is radically different. Until we had our anatomy ultrasound, I thought maybe it was the difference between having a girl or a boy. Nope! Two boy pregnancies, and two drastically different experiences.

1st pregnancy

  • nauseated until around 20 weeks
  • very little back pain; in fact, it seemed like my sciatica problems went away
  • walking stamina wasn't great
  • core strength and flexibility pretty good from a lot of prenatal yoga
  • carried very small, never that uncomfortable
  • pregnancy cravings minimal, mainly milk and red wine
  • only had one small cold!

2nd pregnancy

  • minimal nausea, totally gone by 10 weeks
  • back, hip, and pubic bone pain started early
  • great walking stamina
  • core strength and flexibility not so great
  • feeling uncomfortably pregnant
  • serious pregnancy cravings, mainly for sweet things
  • constantly sick!

Similarities

  • body image is pretty good both times
  • nails, hair, and skin good
  • no swelling (so far!)
  • minimal stretch marks
  • heartburn and other gastrointestinal issues still there :(

It is amazing how much about this pregnancy feels different. Most of the similarities are ways I am fortunate, and I think would carry over into further pregnancies.


Baby Items You Can Skip

Baby Items You Can Skip


Sweet Things About Pregnancy

Sweet Things About Pregnancy