Advice you'd give for pregnancy the 2nd (or 3rd, etc.) time around?

United States
April 23, 2007 6:07pm CST
I'm currently pregnant with my 3rd child. One thing I always thought about while pregnant with my 2nd (and with this 3rd) child, is how advice you get in the parenting/pregnancy magazines for pregnant women can be a joke if it's not your first pregnancy. For example, they say, "get lots of rest." Sorry, but if you already have one or more children under your feet, that's not going to happen! So I'd love to know what advice you'd give to Moms who are pregnant for the 2nd, 3rd, etc. time - for Moms who already have a child during this pregnancy. What can they do to make sure they and the baby stay healthy and as comfortable as possible, while still watching the kids?
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• United States
25 Apr 07
Well depend on how old your other two are I would suggest that when you work around their schedule you take naps when they take naps. Try and wake up early to have time to yourself, try to do activities with them that do not require excessive movement on their part or yours so you don't over exert yourself. Make snacks that are healthy and fun at the same time like cutting out shapes with fruit and have yogurt dip this you can do with them if they are not to small. Now if they are little to I recommend lots of movies like baby einstein, elmo things that will keep their interest long enough so you can relax. You can exercise with them by taking walks which will give you and them fresh air or let them play in the tub warm water and bubbles these both will help them to take longer naps. Sit and read to them with books with lots of pictures. Now that the weather is getting warmer and depending on what trimester I recommend you take them outside in a play area where they can exhaust themselves and you watch. I understand your dilema and magazines are usually geared toward new mothers. When having a baby you can pretty much do your normal routine unless you have health issues or high risk so be as active as you can.
• Canada
26 Apr 07
I have five children and agree with you that the advice they give does not make sence especailly when they don't seem to realize that not most people have more then one children running around and you can't do the things they suggest you do . Congratulations on your baby , you know from previous pregnancies how tiring this time can be when you have one on the way and other children underfoot . My advice would be to get to bed earlier at night so that you can get a little more rest then you normally would . This will not be possible all the time as in pregnancy , especially as you get further along , even going to bed will not necessarily make you feel rested with the baby resting on your bladder and just not being able to sleep from the discomfort but the baby is gettting the rests he/she needs from you when you take a rest . Accept any help that anyone may offer as you really could use the extra time for you and your little one inside . Try to have your husband help out more also as this is his baby too and although it may be more work for him , he has to understand what you are going through and how tiring this can be . Take the time to enjoy yourself as it really does go by fast and as exciting as it is seeing your new baby , we often miss feeling our little one's inside . Best of luck and take things as easy as you can with what you have :)
@Mickie30 (2631)
23 Apr 07
I have only had one child so do not consider myself very knowledgable.