Expecting a second child is, in my experience, an entirely different experience than expecting your first. You deal with the same pregnancy discomforts, but you’re also caring for another human. You have a reasonable expectation that labor will be quicker this time, and you’ll likely be more chill, but you’ll probably feel guilt now that your attention is split. It’s also safe to assume that people will treat you differently, too. I’m not saying everyone should roll out the red carpet, but they should avoid the following: the cruelest things you can do to a mom expecting her second kid.
I am due with my second child, a boy, shortly after my daughter turns 3. My husband and I always planned on having two children, so my pregnancy was welcome news. It’s not exactly earth-shattering for anyone who’s not us, though. Lots of families have two kids. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, American mothers have an average of 2.4 children, a number that’s been relatively stable for two decades. Given how common it is, I’ve been surprised at how many opinions people (family, friends, co-workers, my mom group)…
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