I’m definitely finding this pregnancy different from the first. And I’m sure subsequent pregnancies that I’m lucky to have will be the same!
Here’s ten of the hundreds of things that make this pregnancy much different than the first time round!
1. Napping during the day is not possible
Even when I try to nap when Ella does on days I’m not working, she’s bound to wake up just as I nod off. Or, even more likely, the dog will bark and wake us both up after I’ve had approx 1 minute and 47 seconds sleep!!!
2. Your bump is now a pillow
Your bump suddenly serves a second purpose – the best place to lay a little head!
3. You’ve got to share your chocolate
You still want to eat everything bad that you lay your eyes on. But now you’ve got to share it with a demanding toddler who similarly wants to eat junk all the time.
4. You’ve got to cook
You can’t decide that cooking is no longer your thing and that the smells make you want to wretch, like you did the first time round. Instead you’ve got to do your best to prepare three nutritious meals a day. Spaghetti hoops are nutritious aren’t they?!
5. It’s not just heartburn waking you at night
As if you didn’t suffer with enough sleeplessness in pregnancy (despite the extreme exhaustion). You’ve now got another being to wake you up in the night. Sleep was never designed for mums!
6. You pick up far more bugs
Kids in nursery/school mean more bugs being brought home. Pregnancy means lower immunity. The two don’t go together well. Be prepared to be ill every time your child is!
7. Heavy lifting is essential
No heavy lifting in pregnancy? Try telling that to my 18 month old when she’s got her arms outstretched! My back aches permanently!!
8. You forget how many weeks you are
First pregnancy, you could recite exactly how many weeks+days along you are, and how many days there are to go until your new arrival. Second pregnancy, you barely remember the date that you’re due!
9. Peppa is on repeat
Feet up, warm brew and a film/box set/This Morning?! Nope! This time it’s cold tea and Peppa on repeat.
10. You know what’s to come, and can’t bloody wait!
That little one running round while you’d rather they gave you a few minutes peace? They remind you how amazing it is to be a mum, and that all this is soooo worth it!