Pregnancy 1 versus Pregnancy 2

With just over a month left to go in this pregnancy, it’s been interesting to see the differences between my first and second pregnancies.

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I’ve been lucky that neither pregnancy has been particularly difficult, so I don’t have a lot to complain about (not that it stops me). And since both babies are girls, the differences aren’t something I can ascribe to gender.

Here are a few things I’ve noticed that have been different:

  • Definitely more nausea with this second baby. It was worse to begin with and lasted longer than it did last time.
  • Much more tired this time around. I don’t remember ever taking a nap during my first pregnancy, even though I was working full-time, but I have napped more this pregnancy (especially the first and third trimesters) than any other time in my life.
  • Less other sickness this time. Last time, I was working as an elementary school librarian which meant my pregnancy was basically one cold after another, thanks to associating with 800 germy children on a daily basis. Of course, this time I’m living back in Texas, where my allergies in spring and fall are pretty tremendous, so even though I’m not actually sick, I still am sporting a lot of cold-like symptoms.
  • Measuring on track. I was always about two weeks small with Ella (but then she ended up being eight days late, so I think the due date was just not a very good one). This time I’m always right on (which means I’m hoping for a baby a little closer to on time).
  • Weight gain. I think I’ll end up gaining around five pounds more this time than I did last time, but I also started this pregnancy weighing about five pounds less than I did with Ella, thanks to nursing.
  • Insomnia. This is the worst symptom of all for me. I slept like a champ with Ella even until the very end, but this time around, I am struggling multiple times a week to fall asleep at night. I’m sure the napping isn’t helping, but I seem to be caught in an endless, horrendous cycle of overly-tired and wide-awake-in-the-middle-of-the-night.

What differences have you noticed between multiple pregnancies?

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