Same But Different: Pregnancy Journies, 2 Under 2

Henlo, my Gals! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅฐ

๐Ÿคฐ2๏ธโƒฃMy second pregnancy is coming to a close! Only about 5 weeks left as of this past weekend! ๐Ÿ—“๐Ÿ˜ฑ

It went by so fast! And yet, I honestly feel like I’ve been pregnant forever. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜ช

Granted, that may be because I only got about a 9/10 month break from my first one. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… But still!

I’ve heard time and time again (and by that I mean for as long as this sort of thing has been relevant to me) that every pregnancy is different. Not just from mama to mama, but I mean from baby number one, to baby number 2, etc, etc.

And speaking from experience, that is so totally true. Things have been a lot different this time round. A little harder in some parts, tbh. ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

๐Ÿ’–But it’s all for the cause. ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿคฑ

So I thought I might do a quick post on what was different this time to kind of give some insight on how no two pregnancies are exactly alike.

๐Ÿ’ญโ”Weird thought just now, maybe it’s like the very first peek into the baby’s personality? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค” Not likely, lol, but just a weird thought that popped up just now. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

Anyway.

๐ŸคขFirst Trimester๐Ÿž

In my post about my first trimester with my first baby, I mentioned that I was pretty nauseous. It was a little rough, but more or less par for the course. I puked a couple of times, ๐Ÿคฎ felt like puking most of the time, ๐Ÿคข but I feel that period didn’t last all too long. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

This time, I was N A U S E O U S.  ๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข I seriously had no break in feeling sick from morning through night this first, nay, WORST Trimester. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ’€

With my first, I didn’t really feel sickly until about 8/9 weeks in. This time, the nausea is what tipped me off that I was pregnant before I took the test! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I would have breakfast and not be able to finish because I felt like I would throw it all up. And this lasted all the way up to the end of the “worst” trimester. There may have been a few days of overlap into the second, even.

From probably about week 3 or so it was brutal sick-to-my-stomachness after every meal. I had been keto prior to this, and wanted to try to stay modified keto/low carb this pregnancy, but alas, all I could tolerate was English muffins and oatmeal. I had quickly become an obligate carbivore. ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿž๐Ÿฅ–

But no matter how much I dry heaved, no matter how much water I tried to force down my gullet, I still would not puke (aside again for a couple of times)! It was misery. ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ดI also felt extremely weak on top of being tired. Like I’d see spots and get dizzy moving around. Which was hard to deal with with a newly walking 10 to 11 month old who wasn’t content to snuggle or be contained for more than a moment. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Aside from that, I didn’t have many other noteworthy symptoms. Just the usual sore breasts, tiredness, headaches, etc.

Oh, except I swear I felt this baby move at about 10 weeks! ๐Ÿคฏ Like there were little popcorn kernels pop pop popping in my belly! ๐Ÿฟ Last time I didn’t feel movement until after 20 weeks! It’s most likely I just know what to look for now, but it’s crazy how early I felt it.

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I also showed a lot sooner this time, as is typical for each subsequent pregnancy. Here’s the bump at 10 weeks!

๐ŸฅฃSecond Trimester๐Ÿค•

(TMI ahead) ๐Ÿ˜ฐI had some freaky spotting in the second trimester this time! It looked like the beginning of my period for about a few days, so it was very unsettling. I only had a day of normal spotting in the very, very beginning last time. I had never experienced anything like that.

I was nervous something was wrong. Of course I got everything checked out, and luckily everything looked good with the baby. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

They could never tell me quite why it happened, but as long as everything was okay otherwise, I could deal with it.

๐Ÿ™ŒThankfully it hasn’t happened since!

I also had a week or two of irritating round ligament pain this time. Last time, it was just uncomfortable and for the most part I only noticed it when I was moving. But I think chasing after a toddler must have made my ligaments angry, so I would have to take time to rest because the discomfort would get to be too much. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿค• Luckily this went away after a couple of weeks though.

๐Ÿ˜ชI still never got that rumored second trimester energy burst. At least for no longer than a couple of days or so. But again, having a toddler and being pregnant will drain your HP like nothing else. ๐Ÿ˜ต

Aside from that, everything else was more or less par for the course! Cravings were more or less the same as last time, too. Lots of spicy food and Panera Macaroni and cheese! ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿ˜‹

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Going swimming the beginning of the second trimester, feeling fly as a mother ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‚

๐ŸคฐThird Trimester๐Ÿ˜ฃ

This time the biggest difference is Braxton Hicks. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿค• I’ve been having them since I want to say about 25 weeks. Last time I didn’t have serious Braxton Hicks until about 30ish weeks, and they were mainly that gross muscle tightening feeling. Later on, after 35 weeks, I’d sporadically get what I can best describe as mildly intense cramps, but they would quickly subside.

This time at least a couple times a day I get episodes where I feel like my period is starting. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ It mostly happens at night, but it does go away after a bit. I know it’s mostly because I’m not being good about staying completely hydrated.

Braxton Hicks can act up if you’re not getting enough water, so if you’re pregnant rn, go drink some water! I know it makes you have to pee every other minute, but honestly it’s worth it! Stay Hydrated, My Friends! ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐Ÿค•๐Ÿค•I also already have already been experiencing pelvic floor pain and “lightening groin,” or shooting pain down, well, the groin. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜“ Which is fun when I’m trying to take my son out for a walk at the Mall. I never felt anything like that until literally the day before I had my son last time. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ But from what I understand, you start to feel all of that lovely stuff sooner with each pregnancy because your body has already been through it before.

I also thought I might have preeclampsia because I’ve been getting a lot of headaches, seeing spots in the corner of my eye occasionally, and have minor swelling in my fingers overnight. But everything checked out fine! Blood pressure and urine tests all good! ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ˜Œ

๐Ÿ™Otherwise, so far so good! Measuring on track! Just super duper tired. ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ›Œ No labor signs or anything like that.

๐Ÿ—“I went three days early last time, and they say that more often subsequent babies come sooner. I feel like with my luck this one will be late, though.  ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐWe will see! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

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*insert Donald Trump ‘UGE’ here* Bump at 34 weeks!

And that’s pretty much it! As difficult as many moments in this pregnancy were and are, all things considered I think it’s still been very good! ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Like I’ve been saying, I think the major factor here is I have such a young, needy baby still so it’s been a little rougher this round. I can only imagine how it will be when and if it happens again…

But it is what it is! Who knows? Maybe that one will end up being the easiest! ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚ Either way, it’s all worth it. ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿคฑ๐Ÿฅฐ

๐Ÿ’ฌHow have your pregnancies been different? Or had they been more of the same? Let us know in the comments!

Thanks for reading, my Gals! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜˜

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