(Closed) Does it feel different to be pregnant with a different gender than your first?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
7426 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I was convinced I was having a boy this time because the pregnancy felt so different from my first with DD. Wrong! We’re having another girl.

Post # 4
4081 posts
Honey bee

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idoalterations:  Not a second time mom, but I asked a couple of friends this same question. One friend had two girls and both pregnancies were very different. She said she was miserable with one and felt great with the other. Another friend has both a boy and a girl and is pregnant with her third. She told me that each pregnancy was totally different from the last so unless there’s a third gender out there…it seems that differences in pregnancy don’t have to do with gender. Maybe when you’re showing, those differences in how you carry could mean something? 

Post # 5
1165 posts
Bumble bee

For me yes.  My first one was amazing!  I had long, thick healthy hair.  I got myself glowing skin too!  Pregnancy was a breeze, labor only 6 hours, and 3 pushes. This is for my first born girl. 

Second one was the stuff from movies or hell, I can’t decide which is worse lol.  I had back pains, my skin broke out, my hair thinned and damaged.  I lost weight, morning sickness lasting throughout. had really bad bleeding, fainted and got sent to hospital 3x! Water broke, labor lasted 2 hours and gave birth almost in so much pain (natural) that I almost fainted.  This was for my boy. 

Post # 6
9130 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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idoalterations:  Nope, not at all, except that I did conform to an old wives tale: my girl was carried up high, and my boy was low. That doesn’t become apparent until later in the pregnancy though. Early on, they both felt the same, and later, except for the high/low thing, they both felt the same. I had “morning sickness” all day long and was hungry and tired with both. Also had headaches,  backaches, and heartburn with both.

Post # 7
824 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My first pregnancy was with my daughter and was practically symptom-free except for nosebleeds (and missed periods and weight gain, lol).  This pregnancy with with my son and I was actually sick early on which dragged on a bit since I couldn’t really take anything but that was not pregnancy related, other than that I didn’t have many real symptoms until 3rd trimester I had some bleeding from a polyp and then went into pre-term labor almost 6 weeks early, but he is healthy and gorgeous and doing great anyway.  The only other difference in symptoms is that as I have well-controlled type 2 diabetes my A1C’s actually went down when I was pregnant with my daughter, so low that it’s below the level considered diabetic, and with my son it was still at a really good level (almost below the level considered diabetic) just not quite as good.  But being pregnant agreed with me and made me healthier, I think.  I miss it now!  Oh and bc I still worked out through week 37 with my daughter I didn’t get swollen feet until then, whereas this time since I didn’t have time to work out anymore I got the swollen feet around 32 weeks, but they went down within like 5 days after having my son.  I really loved being pregnant both times and am so grateful for every minute of it.  But maybe pregnancy agrees with my body better than with some women who seem to have such a hard time, for which I can sympathize/empathize.

Post # 8
4499 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had a girl the first time and then a boy — I felt pretty much exactly the same, and “carried” the same way both times.

Post # 9
2803 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

My first was a boy, now I’m having a girl. I’m carrying my second so different. With my first, I never looked pregnant, just fat. I carried really wide. This time I am carrying high and completely forward. It’s wierd (but cool) to see how different my body has changed this time. 

I’m really moody and I cry a lot this time around. I was super happy all the time with my son. 

I don’t know if these differences are just because or if it’s the gender. I’m a firm believer in every pregnancy and baby being different, so I tend to just choose that over claiming it’s the difference in gender.

Post # 10
1663 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had a girl the first time and for the most part felt great. I remember a few days in the first tri that I couldn’t get off the couch and my swelling wasn’t horrible until the very end. This time it’s a boy and I’ve been miserable most of the time. I had to take progesterone up until last week (I’m 35 weeks now), I had weeks of throwing up 10-20 times a day, a lot more pain and swelling, and always feel like crap. I’m sure some of the pain and swelling is also due to taking care of an almost 2 year old. 

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