Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Then vs Now

At the risk of starting a lifetime of comparisons between our eventual two children, I thought I'd take a look at how this pregnancy has stacked up to Em's.

SAME
- It's eased up a bit, but I still get hit with extreme exhaustion quite often. Hopefully it'll lessen during the second trimester like last time.
- Intense cravings for pre-sliced apples from Trader Joe's. I go through a few bags a week. That was one of my biggest cravings with Em.
- I'm way more thirsty than I was pre-pregnancy, but water doesn't sound good. I'm all about flavored drinks, like sparkling lemonade.

DIFFERENT
- Holy cow, the nausea. I was one of those insanely lucky women who never had a moment of nausea with Em's pregnancy. This time, though? Ick. It's gotten better as the weeks have gone on, but I still get hit with waves of queasiness. For a while I kept a stack of crackers next to the bed for the middle of the night and first thing in the morning. The queasiness would hit me like I was starving, but then I'd take two bites of something and feel stuffed.
- I don't think I had a hard time sleeping with Em's pregnancy, or maybe I've just blocked it out. This time I've had a difficult time falling and staying asleep. The lovely Rhi was sweet enough to loan me her Boppy pregnancy pillow after I sent her a desperate email. "I can't sleep! I borrowed a Snoogle for my last pregnancy. Do you have something similar? HELP!" And she came to the rescue! The pillow has helped quite a bit, but I still have a hard time. I'm hoping this gets better come second trimester, too.
- Last time I completely lost my notorious sweet tooth, except for the pre-sliced apples mentioned above. That hasn't been the case this time at all. I have a stash of Trader Joe's treats at all times.
- I'm feeling much more hormonal this time. I bawled at the ending of Tangled, which I've seen more times than I can count. And on the last day of Em's preschool director -- not even her teacher, mind you -- I started crying as we said our good-byes. It was too early to tell her that it was the pregnancy hormones, not my just being a basketcase, and I'm a little mortified thinking that's the last impression she has of me. Whatevs.
- The baby is only two inches long at this point, but you'd think I was halfway through my pregnancy by the look of my gut. It's all bloat, but wow. My midwife confirmed that she's never had a second-time mom complain that she feels smaller with subsequent pregnancies. The uterus doesn't grow any faster than it does with first pregnancies, but there must be something going on with the other organs -- or at least the bloat production.
- With my first pregnancy I was awful about working out. I think I did a couple prenatal yoga classes, but that was it. This time I'm continuing my Zumba obsession 3-5 times a week, with my doc's blessing. I'm dialing back my intensity a bit and paying attention to the "talk test" -- as long as I can talk through my workouts, I'm not overdoing it.
- Probably the biggest difference? I haven't been able to keep this pregnancy to myself! Although the "experts" say that the risk of miscarriage goes down to 5% once you hear the heartbeat at 8+ weeks, we waited until 12 weeks to tell the masses about Em's pregnancy. This time, though, we told our parents before our first appointment, and then our closest friends and family, and then the masses last week, although I'm not quite 12 weeks yet. Still knocking on all the wood that this continues to be a smooth pregnancy!

20 comments:

  1. This is my first and I've had no morning sickness. Now I'm scared to have another because I do not cope well with being sick!

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    1. I know, right? I assumed this would be easy, breezy, too, but noooo....

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  2. Hey, if this means even more blogging from you, I love this pregnancy! :)

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    1. This comment made my day. :) Yes, here's to more blogging from moi!

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  3. I keep comparing my pregnancies, too. It's hard not to. I'm starting to look a little rounder with this one about 3 weeks earlier than with my son, the nausea's a little worse, my hormones are out of control...but my cravings are about the same. Salt, meat, red wine (which, obviously, I'm not indulging in), pasta with cream sauce.

    Congratulations again!! :) xo

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    1. Congrats to you, too, mama! xoxo

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  4. I've read some places that for second (and subsequent) pregnancies women start showing sooner simply b/c their body has done it before, and your abdomen has stretched itself to that shape already. Mind you I'm starting to look preggers at 15 weeks on my first so you can tell what my ab muscles are like! I'm having trouble sleeping too, time for a pillow of some type.

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    1. That makes sense about the abdomen! Mine have been like, "Pregnant again? BRING IT ON!"

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  5. It's so crazy how different my 2 pregnancies were and there's no getting around it...you will forever be comparing the two! :) I've been OBSESSED with apples this entire pregnancy too! Well, all fruit, actually and I am not a fruit eater...I'd much rather eat my veggies. I can't wait to start seeing the bump pictures. ;)

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    1. And fruit sounds soooo good in this warmer weather, too!

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  6. Anonymous4:11 PM

    My first is a boy and I was sicker than a dog for the first part of my pregnancy (er, off and on for most of it). My second is a girl and I don't think I was sick even one time.

    QED, you're having a boy. ;-)

    Hang in there, enjoy the ride, and CONGRATS again!

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    1. Heh. I think a lot of folks are guessing boy this time around! I'm quite curious myself.

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  7. Oh the gut on a 2nd pregnancy. you KNOW I related with that one!

    you'll be great with another! Can't wait!! :)

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  8. Boy. I know...but that's what it sounds like. Can't wait to see him/her - you make beautiful ones.

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    1. Sure sounds like it, right?

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  9. I remain ridiculously excited for you. Can't wait to find out if this is a little guy or a little gal!

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  10. Funny, reading people's comments, I feel like I have read more often that women are sicker when pregnant with girls! Will we only have to wait another 10 weeks to know one way or the other, or will you go up until the end for the surprise?

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  11. So you're telling me that even though I'm sick as hell, I'm always exhausted, and I can never sleep, there's hope that in a future pregnancy I may have none of those things? Oh how I hope so!

    I'm curious about willikat's question too!

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  12. Waiting until the end for the surprise is soooo fun and exciting IMO. It tests your willpower, that's for sure. Everyone was so convinced that I was having a boy because of all the nausea and food cravings I had throughout my pregnancy....I guess that all those symptoms pointed to a girl for me, as my daughter will be turning 3 in September! It just goes to show that every woman is different, and no two pregnancies will be the same. Many blessings to you and your family. Enjoy feeling that baby move around inside of you, one of the only things I miss about pregnancy. Your Em seems so excited to be a big sister. I look forward to reading your blog in these exciting upcoming months. :)

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