Each delivery is uniqueSince not only each woman has her specific characteristics, but each baby has unique needs. With what is important that we know that every pregnancy is different and every delivery as well.
However, there are certain points where we could generalize, and say how the pregnancies of the first children differ from the successive ones, and how they could influence labor.
The Main differences between the first delivery and subsequent deliveries are these:
- The mother's weight gain is greater in the first pregnancy. Although the mother gains less weight in the second pregnancy, this does not affect the size of the child. Conversely, it is common for the second child to have a higher birth weight than his firstborn brother.
- Greater fatigue in the second and subsequent pregnancy. "Women facing a second pregnancy tend to be more fatigued and tired during pregnancy," concludes extensive research published in the scientific journal "Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing." This can affect the self-care of mothers, that is to say, having less time, and not feeling so well, they can fall into the error of not practicing any discipline such as yoga, Pilates ... that helps them to be well during pregnancy, minimizing problems related to the changes your body will undergo in the next nine months; and that have also been shown to have positive effects on labor and a better and faster postpartum recovery.
- Experienced mothers have a clear advantage over first-time mothers when it comes to refers to labor. Multiparous women dilate faster, have fewer complications, and make less use of analgesia and epidurals. This translates into a shorter delivery, an average of five hours less, but it also means a higher probability of spontaneous delivery (30% more), less blood loss and fewer episiotomy practices. The Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics also agrees with these conclusions.
- Less postpartum depression and Baby-Blues. Women who have already been mothers before suffer less from the psychological consequences of the postpartum period. Multiparous women experience less stress and less concern about how they will perform in their role as mother.
However, the experience of motherhood for the second time is not always as 'idyllic' as the first. With the first baby, the mother has all her time to dedicate to him, but with the second, time will always be shared.
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