I’ve been asked by readers and friends alike about my first pregnancy versus my second pregnancy. How do they differ?
In the early stages of my pregnancy, I kept reading how much faster my body would change with pregnancy #2. So, I tried to prepare mentally to show much earlier. I was convinced everyone could see so my growing bump or simply wonder why this personal trainer was putting on weight.
10 weeks pregnant
I realize that was mainly in head! What I found was my body progressed in the about the same pattern this pregnancy, as it did with Jada. The only part of me that changed faster than I anticipated was my darn belly button!
28 weeks with Jada (left) & baby boy (right)
Just like with Jada, I craved, needed, longed for protein during my first trimester with baby boy. I know that totally goes against the normal carb surge many moms experience, but that was what my body needed.
Thankfully, I didn’t experience nausea with either Jada or baby boy. I was much more sensitive to sweets in my first trimester during this pregnancy, especially at night. Even wheat thins sounded disgustingly sweet; I wanted salt. That has since disappeared and sweets are perfectly fine again. Oh joy. As my belly increases in size, there is simply less space. So, smaller, more frequent meals & snacks suit me better.
This is probably the area of biggest difference between the two pregnancies.
Do you feel like you are able to push yourself harder this pregnancy, or do you just feel more comfortable pushing harder (in a way)? I followed you through your pregnancy with Jada, and I feel like you are doing more this time around? You look great – I can tell you have more lean muscle than you did when you were pregnant before which is so great!
Her question is what actually prompted this post. Yes! I do feel more fit and stronger this pregnancy, and there are several factors why.
- Toddler Mom – I simply cannot put up my feet and relax whenever I want, like I did with my first pregnancy. Thus, I’m much more active for more hours during the day.
- CrossFit Workouts – Since having Jada, we have acquired the bare necessities for a home gym. Accordingly, I’m lifting more weights at a higher intensity, like this workout, for example.
- Experience – I’m more focused on maintaining lean muscle than I am on the scale. I didn’t obsessed about my weight with Jada either. However, now I know those 6 weeks following birth are tough to bounce back from. So, the stronger I am now, the better my body will respond after birth.
During my first pregnancy, I began to get more anxious about labor as the end neared. How would I know? How long will it last? Will she be healthy? I ended up being induced & she arrived, a healthy baby girl.
Now, my biggest concern is who will take care of Jada and Cooper when I go into labor. We don’t have any family nearby, and that’s a HUGE favor to ask of an acquaintance, because it could happen at any time of day or night.
I hesitate to fly in my parents near the due date, because what if he doesn’t decide to come then?!
- Will labor be similar?
- What will he look like?
- How will I feel after labor?
- Is Jada excited to be a big sister?
- How do I keep a toddler occupied while caring for a newborn in the Chicago winter?
I’m beyond grateful that both of my pregnancies have been relatively uneventful, and that I have felt really good during them. I certainly attribute that to being (and staying) fit, eating healthy, and genetics (my mom never experienced morning sickness or stretch marks).
Thanks for reading!!
And, fittingly, here are some tips for dressing that belly!