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Is the second pregnancy typically easier or harder than the first pregnancy?

Both the pregnancy and the labor? Is there anything that I can do to make things easier for everyone, (me, my husband, my son, and the one on the way)

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 3:37 PM on Jul. 1, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • I have 5 children. My first 4 children were born vaginal. I had to have stitches after my 1st, and it hurt BAD! The recovery period was about 1wk. The other 3 all were easier, but I labored for about the same period of time (17-20hrs). I wasn't sore or in pain after the birth, went back to myself a few hours later. My last baby, I had to have a c-section, and ended up getting my tubes tied, also, cuz I just can't go through that again. So, you just never can tell, how your births are gonna go. Good luck, though!
    Short3

    Answer by Short3 at 5:50 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

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  • I think each pregnancy gets harder because the body has to go through so much all over again. For me any way.
    whistlemom3

    Answer by whistlemom3 at 2:50 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

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  • well, every pregnancy is different so this one can either be easier or harder then the 1st.

    as for labor, i believe it goes quicker than the 1st. (mine did)

    just take it easy, relax, and take things one day at a time.

    congrats by the way!! :D
    dannersmell

    Answer by dannersmell at 3:58 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

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  • My second pregnancy was way easier. But I attribute that to eating healthier and doing prenatal yoga. My daughter wouldn't let me eat anything unhealthy. lol

    I don't know really if labor and delivery were easier. With my oldest I had an epidural before the labor even became painful...I hardly ever felt a contraction. They also gave me a c-section because teh epidural nearly stopped my labor. *sigh*

    With my daughter I knew better and delivered her at home and completely natural. It was a little difficult but not nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be. I felt great after!
    amethystrse

    Answer by amethystrse at 3:58 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

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  • My 2nd was soooo much easier than the first which was a nightmare! Every woman and every pregnancy is different though. Too many variables to predict accurately what will or wont happen during each one.
    vbruno

    Answer by vbruno at 4:09 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

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  • How hard or easy it is on you varies.
    However, it's easier in the aspect that you already know what to expect.
    Congratulations!
    Mangy_Momma

    Answer by Mangy_Momma at 4:45 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

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  • Both of my pregnancies have been about the same, but the 2nd one has been a little easier b/c I know what to expect. I'm not as nervous about labor b/c I've done it before, you know? Anything could happen, but I'm going to trust that my body will react about the same as it did the first time... that might be a little optimistic of me, but I'm OK with that. Good luck to you.
    crazysocks830

    Answer by crazysocks830 at 5:46 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

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  • My second was easier than the first, but the 3rd was WAY easier than both of them. Most people say it gets easier after the first, but everyone is different.
    drowninginboys

    Answer by drowninginboys at 6:14 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

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  • easier. way easier.
    princezzmommie

    Answer by princezzmommie at 1:33 AM on Jul. 2, 2008

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  • my second was easier than my first and my 3rd was a piece of cake!!
    AmandaMichele

    Answer by AmandaMichele at 10:25 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

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