How Your Second Pregnancy Could Be Different

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 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 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) 654-8128.

Planning for Pregnancy: What Women with Diabetes Need to Know

Many women do fine without a preconception appointment, but for some, it’s essential. Talk to an Ob/Gyn if you’re planning to become pregnant, and you think it might be a high-risk pregnancy. Chronic conditions like diabetes are a common reason for high-risk pregnancies. These issues need to be carefully managed before and during pregnancy to ensure the health of mom and baby.

Diabetes Medications

Bring a list of all of your medications and their dosages to your preconception appointment. The doctor will also need to know about your over-the-counter medicines and supplements. Any pill has the potential to cause harm to a developing baby, and so your doctor will need to carefully weigh the benefits and the risks of your medications. You may need to switch to a different diabetes drug. If you take medications for other conditions, such as high blood pressure, these might require adjustments too.

Diabetes Complications

There is a laundry list of health complications that can be caused or worsened by diabetes. They include:

  • High blood pressure

  • Heart disease

  • Kidney disease

  • Eye problems

  • Nerve damage

You’ll have a complete physical exam and perhaps some medical tests to assess your health. If you do have any complications of diabetes, you’ll need to get them under control before becoming pregnant.

Blood Glucose

Blood sugar control is always important for diabetics, but it’s particularly essential for expecting moms. Your doctor can help you get your blood glucose levels within your target range prior to your pregnancy. Know that your target range may shift when you become pregnant. You’ll need to carefully manage your blood glucose throughout your pregnancy too.

Lifestyle

It can be tricky to balance the baby’s nutritional needs with your own. Consider talking to a registered dietician if you’re having trouble following an ideal meal plan. During your pregnancy, you can talk to your Ob/Gyn if you struggle with morning sickness. Follow the doctor’s exercise recommendations, and remember to check your blood glucose before working out.

High-risk obstetrics is one of our specialties here at Women’s Healthcare Associates. We’re known for our compassionate pregnancy care for women near Houston, and we invite you to join our healthcare family. New and current patients can call (713) 654-8128 to request a well-woman exam or preconception consult.