I’ve been meaning to write this post for awhile now. I figure since I am now in my third trimester of my second pregnancy and have over 28 weeks under my belt I am in a better position to compare my two pregnancies. I have gotten a lot of questions about how my pregnancy with Em compares to this one with the Jellybean so here goes!
The Belly & Weight Gain
Both of the above photos were taken at 28 weeks of pregnancy. I feel like for the most part I am carrying the same. Both girls have sat pretty low in my stomach but stretch all the way out. This time, my belly is a little more defined and comes straight out. Last pregnancy it was more rounded. I attribute some of this to a difference in fitness levels between the two pregnancies.
In regards to weight gain … In both pregnancies I lost a substantial amount of weight the first 15 weeks due to my hyperemsis. With Emmalyne I gained it back and put on the pounds faster. I gained 30ish pounds with her and was happy with that number. This pregnancy, I am sitting at a 14 lb weight gain which is 7 lbs less than I had gained at this point with Em. If I put on a pound a week until full-term I am looking to sit around 26 lbs weight gain. I think the difference is due to: 1) Better eating habits 2) Maintaining my fitness better 3) Chasing a toddler.
This is one of the areas that is both pretty similar and yet very difference. Maintaining a certain level of fitness was important to me when I was pregnant with Emmalyne. However, I wasn’t sure how much I could actually do. My midwife didn’t give me much guidance so I figured it out for myself. In my first pregnancy I did a lot of incline walking and the elliptical for my cardio. I also did some weight training. I went to yoga 2-3 times a week. I never pushed it hard and aimed to keep my heart rate below 140 BPM.
This pregnancy has been the same in that I still do cardio, weights, and yoga. The intensity though is different. I am still running at 28+ weeks. I keep my mileage between 2-4 miles a time because that is what works for me. My pace is still sub-10 minute miles but I foresee that changing soon. For weights, I am mainly doing CrossFit WODs. I love the site CrossFitMom.com because it adapts WODs for preggos. I feel like I am keeping my body strong while making the changes necessary to accommodate pregnancy. Finally, I am still going to yoga and actually start a 6-week prenatal yoga session next week. Instead of focusing on heart rate, I focus on how I feel and my exertion levels. I make sure I am never gasping for air or getting overheated while working out. I find listening to my body to be what works best for me.
When I was pregnant with Emmalyne I had all the time in the world. I had the time to sit down, put my feet up, and relax whenever I wanted. I could nap every afternoon. I could spend time rubbing and talking to my belly. Pregnancy lasted FOR-EV-ER and never seemed to end. This time? Aint’ nobody got time for that. I feel like time is speeding faster everyday. I blinked and am in my last trimester. I barely have time to use the bathroom by myself because of a busy and nosey toddler. I spend my days chasing Emmalyne around the house, drying tears, and taming the war zone that is the playroom. I try to spend a few night every night visualizing a healthy baby and delivery but most of the time I fall asleep.
Just some common symptoms of pregnancy:
- Insomnia: Both
- Nausea: Both
- Linea Nigra: #1 … still time for it to show up this time though!
- Pelvic Pain: Both
- Braxton Hicks: Both … happened MUCH sooner in #2 (20ish weeks compared to 28)
- Acne: Both
- Itchy Skin: #2
- Heartburn: Both
I’d be happy to answer any specific questions about the differences or similarities between the two pregnancies if you want to leave a comment! I really look forward to seeing the differences in labor and delivery in a few weeks too 😉
Moms of two … were there any notable differences between your pregnancies?