My Second Pregnancy Experience – Part 2
Wooh! You guys, we made it!
So, by now you may or may not know that baby #2 is here! We are super happy to have him in our arms, finally. Baby CJ seems to be excited too, still a bit curious as to who this new little person is, but I’m sure he’s just happy to have someone (almost) his size.
In My Second Pregnancy Experience Part 1, I talked about the difference between my two pregnancies in the first half and they were definitely different from the beginning.
The most pronounced differences in the second halves were:
|Baby CJ (first pregnancy)||Current Pregnancy|
|Sleeping Troubles – Frequent urination||Extra uncomfortable sore left side sleeping, insomnia and painful leg cramps|
|Dr Visits – Every 2-3 weeks w/ultrasound; Every week after 34 weeks||Every 4 weeks (only 3 ultrasounds since start); Every week after 35 weeks|
|No real, noticeable discomfort||Major side pain on both sides of the body|
|Naps were rare||Naps were often|
|Final weight before delivery ~ 160lbs||Final weight before delivery ~ 170lbs|
|No Braxton Hicks||Braxton Hicks throughout 3rd trimester|
A routine test that pregnant women get between 26 and 28 weeks, is the glucose tolerance test. This is done because some women develop gestational diabetes while pregnant and have to make dietary changes in order to keep it under control.
When I did the 1-hour test, I failed! With baby CJ I passed with flying colors. Anyway. Once you fail the 1-hour test, you have to further test with a 3-hour test. It is actually common to fail the 1-hour test, but the 3-hour test is used to confirm it for sure. This one I passed. Not only is gestational diabetes a call for dietary change, but it puts the baby at risk which is why it is important to get it confirmed.
We opted for not having a baby shower this time as we were in a new place with little known people and even though it would have been fun to have it with those few, this pregnancy has taken out a lot of my energy as I’ve had ailments I did not have with my first pregnancy. But, because a few friends and family asked about it, I did create a registry for those that wanted to gift to the new baby. My sister called it a ‘virtual baby shower’, haha.
Although this second pregnancy was much more painful overall, it was totally worth it! We got an adorable healthy baby out of it and we couldn’t be happier!
Stay tuned for My Second Birthing Experience coming soon!
Have you had more than one pregnancy? If so, how similar or different were they?