Hello everyone, happy Tuesday!
Finding out I was pregnant for the first time was one of the most exciting things. Everything was new and I naturally worried more because I didn’t know what to expect. Now that I’m pregnant with my second baby and have another 18-month-old baby to take care of, things are a little different. I’m equally excited and happy to welcome a baby boy in April, but so far my second pregnancy is definitely different.
In partnership with AdventHealth South Overland Park, I’m sharing my experience with my second pregnancy and hopefully helping any of the moms who are thinking about a second child or are going through the same struggles. Here is a list of things I’m feeling during my second pregnancy:
Baby Bump showed sooner
This is one of the first things I noticed. I remember for Sophie’s gender reveal I tried so hard wearing an outfit that would show my bump, but I didn’t even look pregnant. On the other hand, at Anthony’s gender reveal party I actually looked pregnant without trying too much and my friends were commenting how much my bump was showing already. The “bump showing sooner” is one of my favorite things about this pregnancy because I love showing my baby bump. Anyone else?
Felt more tired
Oh my goodness. Feeling SUPER tired and exhausted started really early during this pregnancy. I still remember talking to my doctor a few days after my first pregnancy appointment (when you do all the blood work, urine test and everything) to make sure all my tests results were good. I was so so tired that I thought something was wrong with me and I remember him telling me “Sheina, it’s very normal to be more tired during your second pregnancy. Remember, now you can’t just put your feet up and rest, or simply take a nap. You always have a little one wanting to play or poking you with their little fingers. Hang in there“.
From that point on I knew it was just the “extra work” I was doing with my little one that was making me feel exhausted. I felt very tired and sleepy up to 12 weeks, then I got my energy back during my second trimester. By the third trimester I started to feel more tired again. Being pregnant while having to take care of another baby is definitely very challenging and consequently will make us more tired. If you’re going through the same situation, like my doctor told me: “hang in there”. You’re NOT ALONE mom!
Just like the baby bump, I felt baby Anthony a few weeks earlier than when pregnant with Sophie. I think that since I was more aware and had felt baby movements before, I knew it was not just gas lol. If I’m not wrong, I started feeling baby Anthony around 17 weeks, and at my first pregnancy was around week 20.
This is a hard one to talk about and I feel like there are two sides of it. Some days I feel guilty because I’m tired and just want to lie down while Sophie is full of energy and wants to play. And other days I feel guilty because I’m so busy with Sophie and end up not giving a “lot of attention” to my baby boy. But at the end of the day, I know I’m giving my best as a mom. I love both with all of my heart and know that Sophie will love having a baby brother so close in age.
This is a big advantage of being a second time mom. Even though I know it will NOT be easy and that every baby is different, at least now I know what to expect and how to take care of one. During my first pregnancy I was very worried and anxious especially because my family could not come to the US to help me due to COVID traveling restrictions.
I also know what to expect at the hospital during delivery, which was one of my biggest fears, and what to take in my hospital bag. Anybody else overpack for the first baby? I had a really good experience during Sophie’s delivery at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission and this time I’m excited to share that I will be delivering at the new AdventHealth South Overland Park Birth Center. I visited the Birth Center last year and it looks stunning. Besides, I love the fact that every thing happens in only one room, it’s closer to my house which makes a big difference if we need to get to the hospital in a hurry, and that they have spacious bed couches in each room (my husband is very happy about this part too). Knowing what to expect at the hospital and where I will be delivering definitely brings my confidence up for the big day!
I was also VERY concerned about Sophie’s nursery and wanted everything to be ready really early. Today I know that there are a lot more important things than a perfect nursery. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really excited about Anthony’s Safari themed nursery, but at the same time I’m not worried if his room is not ready by week 40. I know everything will be ok as long me and my baby are healthy!
While my pregnancy with baby Anthony and Sophie have been very different so far, I feel so incredibly blessed to be able to go through this process! Becoming a mother is my biggest accomplishment and I wouldn’t want life in any other way!
Last month I did an IG LIVE with my OB/GYN Dr. Mitchell who delivers at AdventHealth South Overland Park all about “Caring for your body during your second pregnancy”. I asked him questions my followers had not only on the specifics of being pregnant for the second time, but what the labor & delivery process looked like at AdventHealth South Overland Park. He shared some really good information and I felt like I learned a lot form it. In case you missed it, here is the link: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CZIk5sgp0XJ/
Disclosure: this is a sponsored blog post by AdventHealth South Overland Park, but all opinions are my own. I had an amazing experience with AdventHealth during my first pregnancy and I’m honored to be partnering with them for the arrival of any number two.
If you have made it this far, thanks for taking your time to read it. I truly hope you enjoyed this post and that by sharing my experience I can help all the moms who are going through the same difficulties and the future second moms too. Let me know if you have any questions and please share anything you would like to about your second pregnancy. I would love to know!