The Second Pregnancy
Each pregnancy is different, but unconsciously the first one is usually taken as a reference. Depending on the type of experience, we should try to extract the positives in such a way that the second pregnancy develops safely and your baby is born healthy.
If the first pregnancy is normal, most likely we will feel more secure and calm during the second pregnancy. This doesn’t mean that we should neglect our personal well-being, however.
Just like in the first pregnancy, we should exercise, eat properly, hydrate and sleep appropriately so that our baby is born on time and very healthy,
A second pregnancy can cause a lot of fatigue, especially if your first baby is still small. We must maintain a balance that allows us to take care of every little detail of the baby’s arrival, without neglecting our little one’s positive integration with the rest of the family.
Why you should not stress
If your first pregnancy was complicated or traumatic, you may feel anxious, but staying calm will be positive for the development of the unborn baby.
Stress can cause insomnia, a state of anxiety that makes people consume food inadequately and compulsively, and can lead to acute depression.
Stress can cause the baby to be born prematurely and compromise our health, which is why the more balanced we are, we can achieve a complication-free birth.
If you had problems during the previous pregnancy, it is normal and almost inevitable that you may feel anxious and worried during the second pregnancy. Therefore, it is advisable that you seek medical and psychological advice.
Not giving this step consideration can prolong your anxiety. If you have questions about what to do, ask a trusted friend or family member for their opinion about the subject, which may motivate you to ask for help from a professional.
Professional help will give you tools and recommendations to follow to achieve the peace of mind and well-being both before, during and after the pregnancy.
The implementation of the advice and recommendations of a professional will ensure that you maintain peace of mind and achieve harmony in your family environment.
Preparing for the birth
Generally, the second pregnancy can feel like it is passing quickly. That is why we must be careful and prepare, just as we did with the first baby.
The key to not being stressed at the last minute by the things that we might need and were not planned in time is to create a list so that no detail goes overlooked.
Doing a daily activity related to your baby’s arrivalwill guarantee you have everything ready for their birth. If there is no pending task to do, prenatal stimulation could be an important task that brings innumerable benefits to the baby that is on the way.
In the second pregnancy, abdominal growth is rapid and much more noticeable; nausea may be less frequent and the possibility of suffering a little urinary incontinence increases.
Pelvic joint pain is possible with the first pregnancy. With your second pregnancy, joint pressure may increase, so it is very important to take care of our posture especially in the last few months of pregnancy.
If in your first pregnancy you had a medical problem and you are being treated by a new specialist, you must make sure to provide all the information and diagnoses from your first pregnancy to take all possible precautions and avoid any issues.
Even if you doubt the possibility of having preeclampsia, you should make sure to go to all your prenatal consultations so that your blood pressure can be checked. It may be necessary to take urine tests and be alert for any type of discomfort, such as a headache or pain under the ribs.
If you experience any issues, be sure to communicate them to your obstetrician in order to receive guidance about the medications you should take.