One of the biggest differences that I've noticed from my first pregnancy to this one is the issue of weight gain and food cravings.
To start off, I had way more morning sickness this time around, which is to say, I had quite a bit, since I had almost none with AJ. I think its like a cruel cosmic joke to be nausea free during your first pregnancy and then have it bad the second time around when you have a child to care for. Whether the universe is conspiring against me or not, I had trouble finding foods that sounded good to me for the first 15-ish weeks of this pregnancy.
I didn't really keep track of my weight gain when I was pregnant with AJ, but I know that at this point with her I had gained way more than I have at this point the second time around. I think I've gained about 1 pound at this point. Part of the reason for my weight gain with AJ was because if I felt dizzy or nauseas I'd eat a snack and that took care of it for me. This time, it really didn't make a difference, so I really only have been eating when I'm hungry.
I am not too worried about my lack of enormous weight gain so far, but I think I'm so used to watching what I eat to maintain my weight before I got pregnant that I do find myself thinking about whether or not I should eat a certain thing, or whatever. With AJ I didn't think twice about pretty much anything I ate the entire time I was pregnant with her. Like, if I craved 7 Layer Bars, I'd just make them and eat half the pan in one sitting.
Last time I kind of had the attitude that "I'm pregnant, I can eat whatever I want!" This time around I'm looking at it more like this pregnancy is a temporary situation and then I'll go back to my normal life/self after its over. I think its partially because we don't plan on having any more kids after this one, so when this pregnancy is over, my childbearing phase will also come to an end.
I guess it means I'm being healthier this time around? I've also found that so far, I haven't been eating the large portion sizes like I did with AJ. I didn't gain like 75 pounds with AJ or anything, but I definitely gained more than I wanted to (if I had to guess, I'd say about 50 pounds), and didn't manage to lose it all after she arrived. I was pretty unhappy with the way I looked due to the extra weight on my midsection. This time I'd like to keep the weight gain under control a bit more and hopefully manage to get rid of it all after the baby arrives. I'm under no delusions that I'll have time to work out with a 3 year old and a newborn, so I'm hoping that whatever I gain I'll be able to lose mostly by controlling my diet postpartum.
So that is what has been on my mind so far this pregnancy. Can you relate with this thinking? How was your second (or third, or fourth) pregnancy different from your first?
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