This pregnancy is my second pregnancy and let me tell you, it’s absolutely nothing like my pregnancy with Alea was. It’s totally and completely different in both good ways and not-so-good ways. I don’t know if it’s because I’m 7 years older (wow) than I was when I had Alea or if it’s just because every pregnancy is different, but it sure has been a wild ride this time around!
Please don’t take it as me complaining because, of course, I’m feeling blessed beyond measure to be able to have this sweet little baby girl in my womb. She’s one of the best things to happen to our little family and we’re so very excited to meet her! But there are so many strange things that have happened this pregnancy that I just have to touch on– because I need to remember it all of course!
1. SI Joint Pain: I’ve mentioned the back pain I’ve experienced this pregnancy a few times on the blog already so I won’t go too in depth with this, but I’m happy to say that my pain has been gone since my second and last adjustment at the chiropractor! That pain was awful, though, and I absolutely didn’t have any back pain when I was pregnant with Miss Alea.
2. Heartburn: Holy moses, ya’ll. I could drink water and get heartburn this time around. It’s just plain silly. I’ve used antacids, made sure I stay sitting up after I eat, and tried eating smaller portions and it doesn’t matter what I do, I’m always stuck with that dreaded reflux. Yuck! I know I didn’t experience this with Alea. And judging by my baby photos and Cory’s baby photos, I don’t believe the “heartburn means your baby is going to have a lot of hair” old wives tale. That’s just silly!
3. Braxton Hicks: I had plenty of braxton hicks contractions with Alea, but certainly not as many as I had with Alea. They’re also much stronger and somewhat more intense than I remember with Alea as well. It’s hard to say, though, since my pregnancy with Alea feels so long ago, if they were like this then as well. I couldn’t remember the word “bank” the other day, so needless to say, my memory isn’t the greatest these days!
4. Lack of Cravings: When I was pregnant with Alea, all I wanted to eat was Mexican food. And I’m using the term “Mexican” loosely because it was always the drive-thru kinda Mexican if you know what I mean. Burritos and nachos were my best friend and part of the reason I gained over 50 pounds when I was pregnant with her! Uffda! This time around I have sudden “Ooh, that sounds good” cravings, but I haven’t been craving one thing consistently throughout my entire pregnancy. And just for the record, dill pickles sound disgusting. But give me all the bread and butter pickles, please!
One thing my pregnancy with Alea and my pregnancy with this little pumpkin have in common, though, is the fact that I’ve religiously read What to Expect When You’re Expecting throughout both pregnancies. I just can’t imagine not having this book right at my fingertips to see what’s happening with that sweet little baby inside of my womb and to answer silly little questions that pop into my head now and then. Being it’s been 7 years, I’ve forgot a lot about pregnancy and what to expect, let me tell ya, so this resource has been invaluable!
Better yet, they have a brand new 5th edition of What to Expect When You’re Expecting that contains the most up-to-date information– so much so it even has information regarding the Zika virus in it! It also has more up-to-date recommendations on genetic testing and even advice regarding diet and nutrition and touches on things like Paleo, GMOs and eating raw.
If you’ve had a second pregnancy, did you notice a lot of differences between the two?
Were you a What to Expect When You’re Expecting fanatic, as well?
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