My sincere apologies. It’s been months since I blogged. To be honest, I haven’t had the energy/psyche to document my thoughts. That explains the title of this post 😀
You could take this as an announcement – yes, I’m going to be a mother of two. It’s exciting isn’t it?! Let me get straight to it.
My first pregnancy
The first one was new and exciting! I was constantly reading material on BabyCentre, swooning over baby clothes and taking photos of my ‘taking-forever-to-show’ bump. I knew at every moment, how far along I was. I started to show at 5months and I was over the moon! I was at Biashara Street (Nairobi) by the end of my 1 st trimester going through my checklist of what I should or should not buy.
This time, I was excited when I found out I was pregnant. However, dealing with a toddler and being a working mum, I never had the excitement of every week like before (with my first). I signed on to BabyCentre just to keep tabs on how far along I was since I would always forget. This time however, I began to show at 2 months! (Yikes!) The internets were right when they said the bump is bigger this time around. I’m getting into my 3rd trimester and still don’t have a checklist (sigh!). It is well – never that serious!
Difference in symptoms
I had nasty morning sickness in my first pregnancy. I actually dreaded the whole idea of being pregnant at the time. I even lost 5kgs because I had zero appetite and puked almost every time I ate. Thank God it all ended at week 14 and my energy levels surged. I only gained 5kgs the entire pregnancy – I guess walking and high energy levels contributed to it.
This time, I only had a bit of nausea and was eating like a pig! I still have a bit of nausea that comes up from time to time but not too serious. I had serious appetite and had gained 5kgs by week 16. (Gasp!) Don’t get it twisted, I’m still healthy and so is baby – but it gets annoying when people ask if I’m carrying twins (eye roll). My energy levels are low this time, I feel heavy most of the time and just want to lie down all day. Plus the pregnancy brain this time round is serious! Once I forgot I had my shoes on yet I spent 15mins looking for them.
‘Talking to Baby’
I was constantly talking to my unborn baby in my first pregnancy. It was just husband and I, so we would always find time to ‘talk to the womb’. The first kicks were exciting – though I took forever to figure out if they were real or not since I’d never been pregnant before.
This time it’s not so obvious. I love to caress my bump and feel the strong kicks, but I’m more focused on having my daughter talk to her sibling. There are days she doesn’t feel like it and that’s fine, and there are days she comes and hugs my bump and has a chat with her brother/sister. This is the part that wins me over and makes me realise that I’m truly carrying another miracle inside of me.
Healthy Mama, Healthy Baby
All in all, I still have love for the little being inside of me. Every single day, my family and I pray for a safe pregnancy – and eventual safe delivery. Many ask me if I’ll opt for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Section) this time round, but my mind is open for whatever God plans. As long as I’ll have a safe delivery and a healthy baby – and I’m healthy too – that’s all that matters.
Let me know what stark differences you’re facing if it’s your second/third pregnancy. 🙂