For many women, a second pregnancy can feel almost more overwhelming than the first one. Although there is the benefit of knowing what to expect, that knowledge can also contribute to the stress, as mothers worry about repeating some of the experiences they had with their first pregnancies. Fortunately, your second pregnancy can be a time to harness your knowledge to ensure that you have the most positive experience possible. With the help of your OB/GYN, here are some things you can do to have a different pregnancy the second time around.
You May Gain Less Weight.
Many first-time moms are surprised by the amount of weight they gained during pregnancy. During your second pregnancy, you will have a better understanding that being pregnant doesn’t really mean eating for two and how to balance your diet to keep your baby and yourself healthy. You also know how difficult it can be to take the weight off after you deliver, so you’ll be motivated to work with your OB/GYN to manage your weight gain.
You May Have an Easier Delivery.
For many second-time moms, labor and delivery are shorter and easier, even if you had a difficult first birth. If your first experience is weighing on your mind, talk to your OB/GYN about things you can do to ensure that your labor and delivery go the way you want them to this time. That includes discussing your options for a vaginal birth if you have a Cesarean during your first delivery if that is a priority for you.
You Know When to Go to the Hospital.
First-time moms often either go to the hospital too early and get sent home in frustration, or they wait too long and are sweating that they could give birth in the car on the way. During your second pregnancy, you know what contractions and labor feel like, so you’ll get to the hospital at the right time.
At Women’s Healthcare Associates, our OB/GYNs are committed to helping you have a healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery, whether this is your first baby or you’re an experienced mom. Make an appointment with an OB/GYN in Houston today by calling 713-481-7052.