The Magic of a First Pregnancy

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There is something special about being pregnant for the first time. Everything is so fresh and new and there is a certain way that you find yourself treated by the people around you. Most likely, you will have many people at your first baby shower and will gush over all the cute baby items that you have received.

1. The Fears

The first pregnancy also comes with a bunch of new feelings and fears. Since you are new to the parenting world, you are likely to read all the pregnancy books you can get your hands on and worry about things like whether your baby will have all ten of its fingers and toes or whether it will have hair or not.

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You are also likely to focus on the more serious aspects of giving birth, such as if there are certain illnesses that your baby may be born with and whether there will be complications that you should be concerned with.

2. The Joy

The joy of pregnancy never goes away, but there is something uniquely special about the first one that is something that is to be treasured. You get to learn about the joy of hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time and seeing its little profile on the ultrasound machine. You spend countless hours finding the perfect name and lovingly fold every piece of clothing and place it on special little hangers in a closet.

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When it comes time to have your first bundle, you experience something amazing for the first time. While this joy is still there for a second and any subsequent pregnancies that may follow, it is different. You already know what to expect.

You won’t be questioning what a babies heart beat sounds like or how it will feel when the baby moves for the first time. You will be a seasoned pro and, while it may bring back some fantastic memories from your first pregnancy, it is not likely to be as new and exciting as it was the first time.

3. What Changes?

For many parents, things change after that first pregnancy. You’ve already had a child, so people tend to believe that you should already know what you are doing. Many of the people who showed up for your first baby shower will be absent for this addition because to them it isn’t as special.

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You probably won’t need as many baby things this time round, either because you have a better expectation of the things that you need or you have saved things from your first pregnancy. While this may help you to save money, you may find that you don’t have as much fun making baby purchases this time round because they are more out of necessity rather than just for fun.

4. Keeping it Fresh

You may find yourself feeling a bit saddened that your pregnancies are not identical, but there are ways that you can make a second pregnancy just as special as the first. Although the memories that you created with your first pregnancy will probably not be as special with a second one, try finding new ways to experience your pregnancy.

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Make sure that your partner understands that you still need special treatment, even though you have been through this before. Many partners slack off a bit with a second pregnancy and you may have to nudge them a bit in the right direction. If all else fails, treat yourself to certain things that will make you feel good, like a massage or a makeover.

5. Conclusion

Your first pregnancy is very special and you are sure to keep the memories with you forever. However, any pregnancies that follow will be special as well, but you may find that you remember different aspects of these rounds.

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One fear that many parents have is whether they will love their children equally. After you have had more than one child, you will begin to realize that you have plenty of room in your heart for all your kids.

The magic of a first pregnancy is something that you should enjoy while it is occurring. You should smile when people give you advice and enjoy all the little things about being pregnant. Remember that you will never again feel the joy of a first pregnancy, so be sure to enjoy every moment that you can.

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.