C.B. asks from Mesquite, TX on May 03, 2008
Trying to Plan for Pregnancy Number 2
We are planning on trying to get pregnant again soon. I am trying to prepare my body and mind for a 2nd pregnancy. I went into the first pregnancy at a healthy weight and am trying to get there again before getting pregnant again (only about 8-9 more lbs to go). Other than that I am just hoping to have an easier pregnancy and delivery and thought maybe you all had some suggestions or experiences that could help me. I had chronic hypertension from the 5th month on and got diabetes and was insulin dependence. I also had 4 months of nausea (morning, noon, and night). The delivery went really badly as well. I am really excited about getting to be pregnant again, even though my husband can't understand why :). Any advice or experiences you would like to pass on would be great. Was your 2nd pregnancy easier or harder? Did you have the same complications? Was it better going into it already having experienced it once? Thanks!
K.D. answers from Dallas on May 12, 2008
Every pregnancy is different. It doesn't matter who you are. Every pregnancy is different and every child is different. This is no way to determine how it will be for you.
M.M. answers from Dallas on May 04, 2008
I just experienced my 2nd pregnancy. I really enjoyed it. I think it was easier. I had preeclampsia with my first and delivered six weeks early. I think with this one I didn't panic at every little twinge. I did develop gestational diabetes, but it wasn't that difficult to manage. Just know that your diabetes will come back with any pregnancy you have and begin monitoring your diet as soon as you are pregnant and enjoy. Each pregnancy is different. Two children are really a joy.
K.M. answers from Dallas on May 04, 2008
Best of luck to you!! I am on my third pregnancy my girls are 5 years and 10 months so staying in shape and being healthy is a huge concern for me. I found a wonderful website www.babyfit.com this website is very helpful the biggest difference in my third pregnancy vs. 1 and 2 is that I work out 5 times a week and it has made such a difference.
M.B. answers from Dallas on May 04, 2008
Have you ever looked at the website "Naturally Healthy"? Shonda Parker is a great resource for nutrition, healing AND pregnancy. We have 2 of her books: "Naturally Healthy Pregnancy" and "Mommy Diagnostics". Her info takes alot of the mystery out of physical ailments and makes them overcomeable. Plus, she will answer your email questions.
Check her out and congratulations on the decision to give your daughter the BEST gift (a sibling)!
D.C. answers from Abilene on May 04, 2008
I am a mom of 5, and believe me, every pregnancy was different! Luckily I didn't have any morning sickness, but everything else was different. So just because one wasn't so great, it doesn't mean the next will be the same. My one word of advice is:walk. I know it doesn't seem like some great revelation, but boy does it work. My first labor was over 16 hours, second was 8 1/2 hours, but I didn't do alot of walking. With my third, I walked my oldest to kindergarten and back each day during the school year. (approx. 9 blocks each way). We all enjoyed the time together and I didn't realize the great exercise I was getting. When I went into labor with my third, I felt the first contraction at about 5:05 pm, got to the hospital at 6:00pm and she was born at 6:29pm. An hour and a half of total labor! Hard labor, but quick! I didn't realize that it was the walking that did it until I had my fourth and didn't walk very much, and the labor went back up to 6 1/2 hours. I learned my lesson! My children are grown now, but one of them listened to me and when she went in to deliver her first child, she was breathing and handling things so well they didn't check her immediately, and when they did she was already dilated to an 8 1/2. So it even works with first babies too. Hope this helps, good luck and I'll be praying for you.
K.T. answers from Dallas on May 04, 2008
You should go haead aand start your Folic acid suppliment while ttc. I second the fab advice to follow the Brewer diet. It does amazing things for PIH and Pre-eclampsia, GDM. Most of the problems in pregnancy come form a lack in the nutrition problem.
As far as morning sickness, unfortunaltey :o) bad mornng sickness is a sign of a healthy pregnancy! Not have it doesn't mean there is a problem, but having it can be a good sign.
I am currently pregnant with my 5th child and am anticiapting a nother wonderful peaceful homebirth with my midwife.
You said you were not so hapy with your birth experience, you may want to check out my website ( I am a doula and childbirth educator) I recently added a great section of midwives and birth centers in the metroplex. A birthing center or homebirth may be the experience you are looking for!
C.G. answers from Jacksonville on May 04, 2008
I had more difficulty with my 2nd pregnancy, but I think that staying active is the key to a lot of things. I didn't keep active and I didn't go through Lamaze class again, which I think could have helped. Walking helped and having carbs like dry cereal, rolls, and crackers always on hand helped me with nausea. Maybe you should look into a diabetic diet so that if you schedule an eating pattern you might not have to take insulin. I really hope you have a great pregnancy and an easy delivery.
A.M. answers from Dallas on May 05, 2008
My second pregnancy was harder than my first, I believe mainly because I had another child to take care of too. Of course, I didn't have any real health issues. (My blood pressure did start to creep up, but my midwife had me take a Magnesium/calcium supplement that took care of that.) I think it will be tougher for you because you have a young daughter who will still need a lot of attnetion. I am glad that there is a 3yr. 3month gap between my kiddos now, although I thought I wanted them closer together.
All that being said, maybe you can research more natural prenatal care and delivery options. I loved my homebirths. They were the two best decisions of my life. My first homebirth has been the single biggest life changing event of my life. It gave me so much self-confidence. I have the most awesomely positive memories from both birts. I used a CPM, certified professional midwife. I would be glad to point you in that direction if you would like to research it more. (It is way, way cheaper than a hospital birth and proven safe.)
I don't know if the problems you had with your pregnancy could be avoided with more natural care. You would need to talk to a midwife about that first. You can make an appointment to interview midwives for free.
Good luck and happy baby-making.
T.H. answers from Dallas on May 04, 2008
I was sick with my 2nd pregnancy much worse than the first. Every morning I felt like I had a hang over, it was awful. My doctor put me on Phenergan(sp?)for the nausea. I would take it every night and would wake up feeling so much better. I had a 17 mo. old at the time, so things had to be better. It was a God send!! I hope you have a wonderful pregnancy!!