Many mothers feel that the second pregnancy they are experiencing or have experienced is different from the pregnancy of their first child. Starting from signs of being pregnant with your first child to changes in your body throughout pregnancy, it is different when you are pregnant with your second child.
In fact, most second pregnancies are different from the first pregnancy. Yes, you may not feel the same way in your second pregnancy.
Apart from being physically and emotionally more prepared, there are several physiological differences in the second pregnancy that are different from the first pregnancy. So what’s the difference?
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Facts about second pregnancy
Here, HaiBunda has summarized from several sources the facts about a second pregnancy that can be different from a first pregnancy:
1. Your stomach gets bigger faster
Your uterus generally does not shrink back to its original size after pregnancy because the body immediately adjusts. In the second pregnancy, the stomach tends to get bigger faster.
“The uterus has done this (pregnancy) before. The ligaments and muscles have stretched and the (second) pregnancy will appear early,” said obstetrician Jillian Coolen, quoted from Today’s Parent.
2. The stomach looks lower
Second pregnancies also tend to make the stomach look droopy. This happens because the abdominal muscles may be weaker, which means less support for the growing uterus than before.
This lower looking stomach actually provides several benefits. Pregnant women may breathe more easily and eat more comfortably than when they were pregnant with their first child. But, on the downside, pregnant women may urinate more frequently and experience pelvic discomfort due to additional pressure on the bladder and pelvic area.
3. Faster feeling of fetal movement
In your second pregnancy, you will become more aware of the changes your body is experiencing. One of them is also faster to feel fetal movements.
When you first become pregnant, you may think that fetal movements are gas collecting in your stomach. But the second time, Mom can immediately recognize the movement as a baby’s movement.
4. Get tired faster
The second pregnancy may feel more tired than the first pregnancy, especially if the first child is still small. This means that the mother has to undergo pregnancy while taking care of her older sibling.
Fatigue can also appear if nutritional intake is inadequate during pregnancy with your second child. Mothers are usually prescribed prenatal supplements to meet their nutritional intake, so they can increase energy.
5. Feeling more aches and pains
The body quickly begins to loosen the joints when pregnant with a second child, causing more body aches. Changes in the hormone relaxin can also have an influence on the second pregnancy.
In the second pregnancy, the fetus is likely to lie lower in the abdomen, due to previous stretching, which can cause back pain, low back pain, and round ligament pain. But, usually this pain will go away by itself soon after giving birth.
6. Varicose veins may appear again
Unfortunately, if you experienced varicose veins in your first pregnancy, they may appear again in your second pregnancy. This is because the blood vessels that were compressed in the first pregnancy are more susceptible to occurring again in the second pregnancy, Mother. Varicose veins can occur because the pressure of a developing fetus causes some veins to widen, causing the legs to swell.
7. More risk of developing hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids may be a symptom of a second pregnancy that can be worse than the first pregnancy. The best way to prevent swollen blood vessels in the anus is to avoid constipation. One effective way to overcome this is by consuming enough fluids.
According to the American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (ACOG), it is recommended that pregnant women drink between 8 and 12 glasses of water every day. Water not only helps mothers maintain regular bowel movements, but also helps circulate nutrients throughout the body and fetus while keeping the amniotic sac nice and full.
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8. More false contractions
In your first pregnancy, you may feel false contractions or Braxton Hicks occasionally. As reported by Parents, in the second pregnancy, mothers may experience more false contractions because the uterine muscles have been stretched due to the previous pregnancy.
To differentiate false contractions from real labor contractions, mothers can change positions, for example standing up when sitting or walking. Braxton Hicks contractions often stop, while true labor contractions will continue even after changing position.
9. Shorter labor
If you previously gave birth vaginally, the second labor may last shorter. Because the uterus and cervix have experienced this before. So all phases of labor, up to pushing, are shorter for mothers who have just given birth for the second time.
A study shows that first-time mothers spend an average of nine hours in active labor and one hour pushing. Meanwhile, mothers giving birth to their second child spend an average of six hours in active labor and half an hour pushing.
10. The pain after childbirth is worse
After the birth of the second baby, the uterine muscles are looser than in the first pregnancy, and are more aggressive in pressing on the uterus to reduce the possibility of bleeding. This causes stronger pain after childbirth, namely postpartum contractions that make the uterus return to its original size. The pain is usually most pronounced during breastfeeding, because this process causes the release of the hormone oxytocin, which can trigger contractions.
These are some facts related to second pregnancies that are different from pregnancies with your first child. Hopefully this information is useful, Mother.
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