It would seem that a woman, who’s already become a mom, knows everything about pregnancy and childbirth. Well, she knows what to expect from her body during this challenging and exciting period, but actually, the second pregnancy can be quite different.
So are there any peculiarities that differ the next pregnancy from the previous one and that every mom nexperience?
Planning the second pregnancy
Of course, not everything in life happens by a verified scheme, so it’s better to plan such an important event as childbirth ahead. It is recommended that you get pregnant in 1,5-2 years after the previous pregnancy. Within this period of time the body recovers and prepares for a new motherhood.
If you don’t want to get pregnant earlier than the time you planned you should then use some methods of child birth control. Many people somehow believe that breastfeeding and absence of menstruation can be relied upon to prevent conception. But in fact, it is not so. Already after the first ovulation fertilization can occur and menstruation won’t begin in this case. A woman sometimes won’t immediately notice a new pregnancy, especially if she doesn’t experience toxicosis, malaise, weakness and other pregnancy signs.
Getting ready for a second pregnancy
Even if your first pregnancy was successful, you still should have medical tests trying for a second baby. Moreover, medical examinations is a must if you had, for example, a ruptured cervix or any other gynecological disorders during the childbirth.
You should have the following medical tests
– Ultrasound examination to determine the state of your uterus, cervix, ovaries.
– Vaginal swabs. After all, during pregnancy and delivery some microcraks, fractures, trauma on the cervix, as well as accumulation of infection might appear. The physician should make sure that you have no any cervical erosion, and your cervix is not deformed. These problems are easier to handle before your next pregnancy than during it.
– Check the condition of the whole body. Second pregnancy can drastically increase somatic issues. Therefore, if you have some chronic diseases (heart disease, blood disease, lung disease, etc.), you should consult with an appropriate specialist before conception – cardiologist, hematologist, an endocrinologist.
Second pregnancy: 6 differences
1. Varicose vein. Even if you didn’t experience this issue while pregnant for the first time, now you should be especially attentive to your legs. Ask your doctor what you can use to prevent this.
2. Risk of miscarriage is increased if you had problems with the cervix. Cervical canal expands, and there’s a risk that the fetal bladder could fall into it.
3. Uterine scar. If you had C-section with your first child, it does not mean that the next childbirth will be possible only this way. But the scar on the uterus needs special attention. In this case, there’s a risk of a low attachment of the placenta, a threat of miscarriage, placental insufficiency (in this case, the fetus receives not enough oxygen and nutrients due to a reduced uterine-placental blood flow).
4. Anemia occurs during the second pregnancy more often than for the first time. If during the previous childbirth you had heavy bleeding and now the level of hemoglobin is significantly reduced (less than 70), your body needs to recover. A new pregnancy in this situation may cause progression of anemia or other substantial complications.
5. Lactation. That’s another serious temptation for your body. It’s desirable that the previous lactation is absolutely over by the next pregnancy because during breastfeeding vitamins and minerals are highly consumed so as to meet the baby’s needs. That is why many nursing mothers complain of increased hair loss and tooth decay during lactation. Moreover, nipples are being stimulated, production of the hormone oxytocin is being stimulated which in its turn causes uterine contractions (this is necessary for the uterus to contract rapidly after childbirth, but such contractions aren’t necessary for a new baby). By the way, Nature is wise, and usually once a woman gets pregnant again, the firstborn often refuses his mother’s milk because it dramatically changes its taste.
6. Early signs. A woman can recognize the signs of her second pregnancy earlier that these of the first one, about a month earlier. This is due to the fact that after childbirth the uterus does not contract to its primary size, but remains slightly increased. And a mom-to-be feels a new baby earlier in her womb. After all, she already feels well how a baby turns and tosses, and will be able to distinguish moving baby from the digestive tract contractions. If you felt your first baby moving at about the 5th month of pregnancy, you’ll feel your second little one as early as 4 months of his intrauterine life.
Second childbirth: peculiarities
– Second childbirth generally takes less time than the first one. On average, this exciting process takes about 10-12 hours for the first time and about 4-5 hours the next time. Herewith, the most painful phase of contractions is shorter. Cervix and vaginal muscles have become more flexible after the first childbirth, so vagina needs less time and effort to open again.
– False labor is more likely to happen before the second childbirth. To determine whether it is time you go to the hospital, try to change the position of your body, take a warm shower. False contractions will fade during these manipulations, but the real ones won’t do.
– In most cases labor activity is weak in a course of childbirth. This happens due to a weakened tone of the abdominal wall after the previous pregnancy. To prevent this phenomenon wear a bandage as soon as the twentieth week of your pregnancy, it will help to support the abdominal muscles.
– Usually women often experience bleeding after a second labor especially when there’s a scar left on the uterus after the previous delivery. Bleeding after childbirth is sometimes caused by inflammatory diseases of the uterus as well.
Firstborn and a second child
If your firstborn hasn’t yet reached the age of 2, he still requires lots of your attention and care. But you need to care of yourself as well.
The following tricks will help you to reduce physical burden on your body.
1. Try to carry your child in your arms as less time as possible. Teach him to get into the crib or the bath on his own with the help of a little stable bench or your hand.
2. If you are sitting and the child wants to sit on your lap, bend not your body but knees keeping your back straight. Once you lifted the kid, carefully stand up by straightening your legs.
3. If the older child still sleeps in your bed the time has come to move him to his own bed or room. Keep in mind that you should do that not right before the birth of your baby but at least some weeks beforehand. Decorate and equip your child’s “dwelling” together with him, make it cozy and calm.
Here are the peculiarities of the second pregnancy every mom-to-be experiences. But of course every pregnancy will be unique like every child is.