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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Differences between Pregnancy No.1 and No.2

Dec 2015 & May 2019

These two photos were both taken at Week 30, left when I was pregnant with Bean Bean (whom we now call Tyler), and right with my Little Dumpling inside. From these two photos, it looks like there pretty much isn't much of a difference. Both taken at Week 30, belly shape looks very similar, and size also looks very close. But the truth is that this pregnancy is very different in many sense!

But before we dig into the Differences, let's explore the Similarities first!



Similarities between Pregnancy No.1 and Pregnancy No.2:



Similarity #1: They're both BOYS!

Yes, haven't officially announced it on my blog yet (but Instagram and everywhere else already announced quite long ago!). I'm pregnant with our second son! Whom I am already very in love with. We've seen glimpses of his face via ultrasound scan and 4D detailed scan, and that's where I coined the name 'Little Dumpling' for him cos I feel he looks like a dumping. Maybe more like an inverted dumpling with chubby cheeks and a sharp chin 😂


Similarity #2: I don't have much of a problem sleeping at night

This is one thing that I would say I am very blessed with. Aside from difficulty falling asleep during naps every once in a while (cos my mind just wouldn't rest), I generally have no problem falling asleep at night! I remember sleeping sooooooo much during my pregnancy with Tyler, and now whenever I lie in bed I would fall asleep almost immediately. That's been the case and I hope it stays that way until we pop!


Similarity #3: I have Gestational Diabetes for both pregnancies

Yeap, I have it again. With Tyler I thought it was probably triggered cos I indulged in quite a lot of sweet stuff, so this time I controlled my sugar intake quite a bit but I still have Gestational Diabetes (aka Diabetes that only occurs in Pregnancy), so I'm guessing it could be genetic.

Because of my GD, my weight gain was quite a lot during my first pregnancy (16-18 kgs in total), and now though I do control my food intake a lot more, I'm also at 11-12 kgs already. Lesser than previously, but still not the lightest pregnant lady around la hahaha.


What I had to deal with before and after each meal- pricking my own fingers to test blood on the glucose machine to keep track of my blood sugar levels. For someone who used to be terrified of needles, after all of these and childbirth (needles upon needles for drip la, epidural la) I have overcome my fear already la hahahah.

And also because of GD, my previous Gynae advised us to induce for labour at 38.5 weeks in case Tyler grew too big, risky for both baby and me, risk of stillbirth, etc that was enough to scare me and made me agree without a doubt.

This time, though we are seeing a different Gynae, the advice is still the same. So he has scheduled us for a c-section (can't induce if I had c-sec previously + GD now for some medical reasons) in mid July (EDD was supposed to be end July). Secretly wishing Little Dumpling would give a surprise early arrival so I could potentially experience natural birth, but I've already accepted the fact that it would likely be anotehr c-sec for me (hello painful recovery and slow slimming progress huhu).


Erm okay, I think that's about all these two pregnancies have in common.

On to the Differences!



Differences between Pregnancy No.1 and Pregnancy No.2:

From the start of the pregnancy I was looking out for differences between my first pregnancy and now, because you know how people always say if both pregnancies are different it means baby may be of an opposite gender.

Initially I was super convinced, cos this time a lot of things ARE different this time around! I was so convinced that I asked our Gynae 3 times during our Gender scan at Week 16 if he was sure that I'm carrying another boy hahahaha. Yeap I know I was that annoying patient.

Took me a while to register the fact that I was actually carrying a boy because so many things are different this time.


Difference #1: Bad, BAD Acid Reflux this time around

Both pregnancies were tough in the first trimester with nausea, bloating, and fatigue, but this time I was plagued with an additional symptom called Acid Reflux or Heartburn.

I used to wonder what Acid Reflux was and how it felt like, cos I didn't have any of it in my first pregnancy though I had a lot of oily and spicy food. This time, my tummy is a lot more sensitive so anything that triggers Acid Reflux (like oily, fried and spicy food apparently) would send a gush of super acidic, sour, bitter, hot, spicy (I can't even put a name to it) liquid from my tummy up to my throat. Sometimes when I burp with my mouth closed and the liquid will rush to my mouth and I would taste everything. And I can tell you, it's one of the WORST feelings.

For the entire first trimester (and beyond, like until Week 16), I had nausea and Acid Reflux on full swing which made me wonder if this was gonna ever end, cos I know some pregnant moms who suffer this throughout their whole pregnancy (whom I really salute!!). Before and after every meal I would need to vomit these bitter bile liquid before I could eat properly. It was really horrible.

With Tyler, the moment I hit second trimester at Week 13-14, my nausea and all the horrible first trimester symptoms were immediately gone, and I was up and working like an energizer bunny already. This time, not so punctual ah 😂


Difference #2: I have ZERO cravings this time around

Like, seriously. I don't crave anything. I have preferences if you asked me, like Sushi during first trimester, and Wantan Mee, Kimchi Pork Belly Rice, any dry noodles now but I can also eat other things and I've no problem with ANY food.

With Tyler, I was craving for Korean, Indian and Thai cuisine throughout my first trimester, lots of sugary drinks like Milo (I drank 3-5 glasses of Milo Ais KAO at home cos I was feeling so miserable and hot all the time), carbonated drinks like Coke (best thing ever), and lots and lots of Chatime (last time only got Chatime lol) where I would take at least twice a week. I also indulged in fast foods and maggi once in a while cos they made me feel sooooo good.

 And I'm also okay with dishes like steamed fish, steamed eggs and all the boring or blander dishes (with Tyler bland foods put me off so badly), and I'm opting for healthier options like fresh milk instead of Milo, mixed nuts and dried cranberries for snacks instead of cakes and ice cream lol, home-cooked food instead of eating out all the time, coconut water instead of Bubble Tea (tho I did try a few like 4-5 so far just cos everyone says this brand is better etc etc but I really can don't drink). Just overall healthier and more self-control *pats self on the back*

Whenever people ask the preggers to choose where to eat, I'll tell them I don't know cos I have no cravings, and everyone will be like stop lying! But it's true, I'm surprised I really don't have also! With Tyler, if you already told me we eating Korean BBQ then in the end go eat Western I will be super pissed off hahahahaha. This time I'm really very easygoing!

Which makes me wonder if this has anything to do with baby's personality? Tyler turned out a super picky eater who sticks to a select few food that he likes, and is also pretty strong willed in general. Does this mean Little Dumpling will love any food, won't be picky at all and will be super easygoing? Please let it be yes!! Hahahahaha can't deal with two picky eaters at home please 😂


Difference #3: More active and productive, less sluggish and tired this time around

I remember by now (Week 36), I was already pretty heavy and tired overall. From Week 34 onwards I already had bad water retention on my face, limbs like fingers would swell in the morning and towards bedtime like sausages, and thighs and calves would swell up especially after walking for a while (like a short 5-10 mins).

So I really dreaded walking in the mall after Week 34 cos I would suffer bad water retention from walking around. It can get so bad that I would feel like my legs are hard as tree barks, and when I touch them they're all tight, swollen and painful!

This time, I don't really experience water retention apart from once or twice after eating food with more sodium, but even then my legs don't swell up that badly and I can still walk comfortably.

Also by now I was already super lazy to go out and meet people, and was wishing for time to pass faster cos my lower back ached pretty badly, and when my previous Gynae asked us to induce at week 38.5 I was more than delighted cos I couldn't imagine going through another few weeks in that condition.

Now I'm already at Week 36, and I feel good honestly! More easily tired/sleep than before definitely, feeling bigger, but I'm still very active and productive! Been spending the last few weeks spring cleaning the house and sorting out baby's clothing and nursery corner on top of my usual work and appointments.

I guess energy begets energy is really true. With Tyler's pregnancy I didn't have much commitment and was just waiting to give birth only. Now I have a toddler, business, and chores to take care of (more loads of laundry with a toddler at home now compared to last time), so I have no luxury of lying and lazing around like before. Which I feel is actually a good thing!


Difference #4: No stretch marks this time around woohoooooo!

With Tyler, stretch marks started surfacing at the lower abdomen, side of my hips, boobs and butt around Week 30-32 if I'm not mistaken. Probably that's when I suddenly grew a lot bigger that's why. But I religiously (I mean, Boon lol) applied anti stretch mark cream (used Palmer's and then changed to Bio Oil with Tyler) so I thought it must be genetics (cos some of my friends were super blessed to not apply much and still not get stretch marks).

Honestly after a while my previous stretch marks have lightened up a lot and have turned from reddish to like white/silver-ish which isn't visible from a distance. And I have learned to live with them + all the orange peel stretch marks on my thighs.

This time, I really didn't wanna leave things to chance so I asked for suggestions on IG Stories from my dear followers, where 80% of the responses pointed to Clarins and some even swore by them. So I decided to invest (I say invest cos it's seriously not cheap lol) in a set of Clarins anti stretch marks tonic treatment + cream which comes down to about RM500+ for two, just to see how effective they are.


Used finish the first set and my tummy hasn't gotten any stretch marks (yet, maybe), but it has also felt a lot more moisturised, smoother, shinier (lol no joke) and I just felt less stretch and itch unlike with Tyler.

So I decided to get another set and until now, after applying religiously every night (by Boon lol), no new stretch marks have surfaced yet, so fingers crossed I won't get any new ones this time around!

It may not work for everybody cos I believe it could be down to a lot of factors like genetics, or some skin just works better with other treatment like cocoa butter, coconut oil and so on. But if you'd like to try, I recommend Clarins cos it has been working for me! Not sponsored or paid to say this in any way by the way (all from my own wallet okay hahhaha).


Difference #5: No Linea Nigra this time around!


Like, none at all! 😮

In case you're wondering, Linea Nigra is the dark "pregnancy line" that appears in the middle of the pregnancy belly. I had that when I was pregnant with Tyler, which took about 3-6 months to fully disappear. I didn't take any photos of my pregnant belly at that time so I can't show you, but here's a Google image that I found hahaha.


Yes, something like this. I remember being annoyed with it cos that line wasn't even aligned my goodness! Much like the photo above, which really irritated me hahahah.

This time, I seriously don't have and I don't understand why! I thought it will slowly appear towards the end but until now I don't see any sign of it. 



Difference #6: Overall better wellbeing, skin moisture and radiance

And I've been thinking, yes I believe Clarins may have played a huge part in no stretch marks, but I also realised that this time I took care of myself a lot better so it all may have played a part in it, together.

My definition of #selflove was very different 4 years ago with Tyler's pregnancy. To me, self-love back then was to indulge in food that I loved and sugar that I needed, and acting a lot on impulses (like signing up for 10 sessions of prenatal yoga and ended up only going for 4 sessions cos I was so damn lazy and sluggish).

Four years later, my overall lifestyle habits have changed along the way, even before this pregnancy. I have slowly learned to take better care of myself by sleeping earlier, waking earlier (used to sleep past 1am and wake up past 11am), drinking a lot more water which resulted in better overall moisture on my skin, lips and I look a lot less dull and dry lol.


Here are some other beauty changes that I was disciplined to follow through this time around:


1. Regular intake of Bird Nest


I had bird nest during Tyler's pregnancy too but very inconsistent and even had leftovers after I gave birth! How wasted.

This time, we have set a routine that I took a piece of bird nest each week (every Wed my mom will cook for me to consume at night before I sleep), and when my bird nest was finished I continued with Golden Bird Nest, taking one bottle every other day!

I love that it's conveniently packaged, and there are generous amounts of bird nest in each bottle! Perfect as a gift for pregnant mamas, or anyone who wants to improve their general wellbeing for that matter! Bird nest is also known for improving skin condition and production of collagen, so it could also be due to this that helped reduce the appearance of stretch marks!




2. Regular Pre-Natal Massages


With my first pregnancy, I only discovered the beauty of Prenatal Massages during Week 36, and only managed to have one, ONE massage session at Urban Retreat Spa in The Curve.

I really didn't know there was such a thing as Prenatal Massage though my body was craving for some relief from the aches and swells. Felt so silly that I only managed to have one massage session, so this time I wanted to make sure I got consistent massages throughout my second and third trimester (from Week 24-36 for most centres), and it really did help me feel a lot less tense, bloated and helped to keep my water retention at bay!

I had Gigi from Eve at 8 over my place once every two weeks from Week 24 onwards, and those afternoons would be something I anticipated after a long week at work. They offer home massages for prenatal and postnatal too, which I will be continuing with them after I give birth! Already looking forward to it!



3. Regular Facials

I've been going for monthly (or almost monthly) facials at Jia Clinic for the past 2-3 years, and I've continued doing so even during pregnancy cos this is when my skin is the driest!


Whereas during my pregnancy with Tyler, I literally spent 9 months not going for any facial because I thought I couldn't zzzzz. Can you believe, 9 months of blackheads, whiteheads, and blemishes all stuck to my pores? This was something I was determined to do differently this time around, and I'm glad I did cos my skin is a lot cleaner and healthier this time!

I usually go for the Aqua Peel Facial (for cleansing and purification), and Aqua Boost Facial (for Hydration) depending on which I need most at that point of time. I also use their cleansers, hydrator and sunscreen as basic daily skincare!



4. Regular Facial Exfoliating, Masking and Moisturising at Home

Of course we can't just rely on the once a month facials! I have grown to be more disciplined on my skincare routine over these 4 years, so the discipline has been carried forward into my pregnancy as well.

Last time whenever anyone stood close enough to me, they would be able to tell I was suffering from dry skin and LIPS especially! Towards the end of my pregnancy my lips was chapped badly until got blood that type, which couldn't be concealed by any lipstick or lip gloss cos the dryness was from within.


I am prone to skin and lip dryness, especially so during pregnancy, so I made sure I exfoliate my face regularly (about 3-4 times a week), followed by sleeping masks (I use Shiseido's White Luscent Overnight Mask and Fresh Beauty's Rose Deep Hydrating Sleeping Mask alternatively) for better absorption, while for lips I use Fresh Beauty's SUGAR lip balm every night before sleeping, and Handmade Heroes Lip Tint in the day time for moisture and some color natural on my lips!

These may seem like small little beauty regime but in the long run they really do make a difference! Of course I do use other basic products too like cleanser, toner, hydrator, sunscreen and moisturisers from other brands too but these are the products I use to tackle dryness! And no I'm not paid to promote any of them okay (just feel the need to do a disclaimer hahaha).


All in all, looking back at these 36 weeks, I would say it's interesting to see how much difference both pregnancies can be! From the little to big things!

I must also say I have learned a lot from my first pregnancy, so this time I am a lot more disciplined, diligent and wiser in keeping a better and healthier lifestyle overall. And because of that I am enjoying this pregnancy a lot more (despite the Acid Reflux that has been coming back to torture me from Week 27 onwards zzz).

That's it from me for now! So many more posts I wanna share so fingers crossed I can post more before I give birth in two weeks or less 😂

Thanks for reading and see you over on Instagram @careentxy where I'm a lot more active!

Signing out,
Week 36.





Love, Careen.
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