Does Your Body "Just Know"? 2nd+ Moms

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

People with 2nd, 3rd pregnancies tend to show sooner because the abdominal muscles are already stretched out. She’s just not as toned as you 🙂

Post # 4
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have heard that people on their 2nd/3rd/etc pregnancies notice their bellies popping earlier, but probably more so because their muscles and skin have already been stretched beyond a certain point so it does sort of reclaim  that shape.


I don’t think it’s your body “knowing” or not what to do; you’re right- your body KNOWS what to do because that is how it was designed.


ETA- you’re due on my DD’s 1st birthday 🙂

Post # 5
4153 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve never been pregnant but I have always heard and noticed that moms on their 2nd+ pregnancy pop earlier.  My sister has actually used the same phrase – that your body “knows what to do.”  As in, these parts have already been stretched out in a previous pregnancy, so it doesn’t take as long to stretch them out the second (or third plus) time around.

Post # 6
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I just read this in the Mayo Clinic Guide to Pregnancy. The bodies of women who are on their 2nd+ pregnancy will “adjust” to pregnancy more quickly (causing them to show sooner) because they have been there before. Their muscles have already contracted so it’s easier for them to rearrange themselves again, or something to that effect. So I guess in a way she’s right….but she didn’t have to be snarky about it!

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