When my partner and I started preparing for a second baby, I hoped the fact that I’d been through pregnancy and childbirth before would make the process slightly smoother. Thankfully, for the most part, it has been. There are fewer unknowns, I’m more familiar with the basic rules to follow, and I know ways to take care of myself (limit caffeine, no blue cheese, elastic waistband everything).
However, that’s not to say that there aren’t things that matter during your second pregnancy that didn’t during your first, because there totally are. I’m now older, wiser (well, sorta), and armed with a different perspective. Plus, now there's a 2 year old in my house, who is also, by extension, experiencing this process, too. In other words, my priorities (and the priorities of my entire family) have changed slightly.
Plus, enduring pregnancy when you already have a child is a totally different ball game. Gone are the days when I could hang out horizontally for hours at a time, with no other cares or responsibilities. Though, for the record, my partner has stepped in a number of times to help, so I can squeeze in a nap or put my feet up for a few minutes. Although, each time it happens, I find myself wanting to repay him in some way (hopefully, birthing this child will be sufficient). However, and regardless, the point remains: second pregnancies, while probably bringing fewer unknowns, can still have challenges of their own: