How you approach your first pregnancy can change completely to the second – or third or more times around…
You have a pregnancy app which you religiously check every day.
BabyCentre is bookmarked on your internet browser.
Your current reading material of choice has ‘pregnancy’ or ‘birth’ in the title.
You are amazed by how your bust is suddenly rivalling a Sports Illustrated model.
Someone asks how far along you are and you can answer to the week, actually make that almost the exact number of days.
You have long, leisurely lie-ins, knowing that uninterrupted sleep is now a limited indulgence.
You imagine what your baby will look like and which characteristics they might inherit from you and your partner.
You have a (detailed) birth plan.
You have already decided on a name.
You find dressing the bump a challenge, but enjoy it all the same.
You delight in investing in things you never knew existed before you were pregnant – breast-feeding pillows, microwave sterilisers, bath supports.
You tell everybody that having a child will not change you.
You almost forget your midwife appointment. When they ask you how many weeks you are you take a moment to recall.
You would like to indulge in a lie-in but it’s impossible due to your permanent early morning alarm clock (a.k.a. your other children).
You are unashamedly over-excited that your breasts are bigger again – there’s nothing like hormones for defying gravity.
You handle your pregnancy based on first-hand knowledge. You have no time to read – you’re too busy chasing around a toddler/managing work/supervising the school run.
Your approach to preparing for the new arrival is minimal – you know what works, what doesn’t and you have all the essentials already. Oh and if the new baby is a boy, they’ll be wearing a lot of pink (or vice versa).
You contemplate the logistics of another child. Who will you get out of the car first? Do you have to get a double buggy?
You wonder how your children will react to a new sibling and if they will look alike or completely different.
Even though you’ve done it all before, the birth still terrifies you. Actually, it possibly scares you more now that you know what you’re in for.
You don’t stress when it comes to dressing the bump – experience brings confidence.
You unpack all the tiny onsies and wonder how your children could ever have been that small and get excited all over again.