Question: When should I have my second baby?

When should you start trying for a second baby?

It’s best to wait at least 18 months (1½ years) between giving birth and getting pregnant again. Too little time between pregnancies increases your risk of premature birth. The shorter the time between pregnancies, the higher your risk. Premature babies are more likely to have health problems than babies born on time.

Do second child usually come early?

First children tend to stay put for a little longer. On average, they show up two or three days early. Second and third children arrive five to six days early.

What is the best age gap between first and second child?

VERDICT: As per World Health Organization, a gap of at least 24 months should be there between your first and second child. By this time, the mother’s body gets fully recovered from her first pregnancy as she replenishes the nutrients she lost in her first pregnancy.

Are second babies normally late or early?

Second time babies arrive earlier than their due date

Many second time parents have actually found the opposite with baby number and they tend to arrive an average of 3 days after their due date. But as always with babies, they will arrive when they’re ready and not a moment sooner.

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Is it harder to conceive your second child?

A woman’s fertility declines with age, sometimes it can be harder to get pregnant with a second child than it was with the first. When a woman has trouble getting pregnant on her own after a previously successful natural conception and birth, fertility doctors refer to this as secondary infertility.

Is second birth less painful?

Will my second birth be less painful? Although the sensations of the contractions are likely to be the same, most women say that they are able to cope with them more easily. Knowing what to expect and preparing beforehand play a role in this. As labour is often shorter, you won’t feel so tired either (NICE, 2014).

Do you dilate faster with second pregnancy?

You’ll probably dilate and efface more rapidly because your cervix is less rigid after having your first baby. This more pliant tissue will also make it easier for your newest little one to make his exit in the next stage.

Do second babies weigh more?

If your first birth was a large baby weighing 10lb or more, you are more likely to have a large baby this time too. It is worth noting that on average, second babies are only around 5 oz (or 140g) heavier.

How are second pregnancies different?

Your second pregnancy is often different than your first. You might show sooner, feel more tired, have stronger or more frequent back pains, and you may notice Braxton Hicks contractions earlier. Labor will likely be faster, but postpartum recovery could take longer.

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