Some Quick Facts About Second Pregnancy

Published: 18th July 2008
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Motherhood is always a wonderful feeling. In fact, it is not an exaggeration to say that no woman would ever feel like a complete woman without experiencing the joys of motherhood. Second pregnancy brings back the joys of the first one to you. However, when you are going to be a mother for the second time, you could also be worried about the surprises that it may bring for you. Is it going to be a completely different experience from your first one? Since you are already a mother and have obviously become a bit older as well, you may be worried about certain pregnancy complications this time. In comparison to previous pregnancy experience, you may go through different body changes this time. Let's go exploring those changes when you are second time pregnant. Let us first take the physical aspects.

Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is the first change that an expectant mother experiences. However, this time it is likely to be less severe. However, this is not mandatory. The severity level of morning sickness may even be intense, depending upon a variety of factors. However, if we look at the statistics, a majority of women, during their second pregnancy, report lesser morning sickness.

You are likely to get easily fatigued this time round. During the first experience, you had the chance to get a good amount of rest, but this time you already have a baby to care for. Therefore, it is obvious that you are going to get lesser amount of rest - willingly or unwillingly. Your pelvic joint is also likely to hurt you more this time. That is the reason why doctors and health care professionals always recommend that women who are going through their second pregnancy must be more careful about their posture. It is better for the expectant mother to sleep while lying on her left or right side.

Much Earlier Appearance Of Bump
The enlargement of the belly is likely to occur earlier this time. In most cases, the pregnancy becomes apparent even before the second trimester.

Labor Period Is Reduced
However, when it comes to the labor period, there is good news. The first time, it can be as long as twelve to fourteen hours. In fact, in some cases, it can go even higher - twenty hours or more. However, the second time, this duration is likely to get reduced substantially. If the first time you had a C-section, you usually should not expect much reduction in the labor duration.

The Emotional Aspect
During the second pregnancy, you are likely to be less anxious as before- this is because you have already been through one pregnancy. After all, you have an idea of the type of changes that you are going to experience. You are mentally prepared this time. However, since you already have a child, you may also have a sense of guilt that you are not taking as much care of your baby as you are supposed to.

You do not have to feel any guilt for that. Your second pregnancy is the opportunity for your husband as well as the elder child (if he/she is a bit grown-up) to learn how to take care of themselves.

Proper information about healthy pregnancy is important even if you are second time pregnant. You must be careful even in your second pregnancy because pregnancy is such an important phase of life that you can't let yourself be off guard even for a moment.

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