“[The] first pregnancy was really easy,” Dewan said. “Evie was like, a dream pregnancy. And this time around — also really great, but everything is happening faster. I’m swelling faster, I have heartburn faster, I was way more nauseous this time around. So, it’s just … different.”
The Flirty Dancing host went on to detail how some of her pregnancy symptoms are particularly different the second time around.
“With Evie, I was super healthy. I was actually fine, I wanted grapefruit, which was like, ‘Thank you Evie,’” Dewan said of her 6-year-old daughter Everly Tatum, who she shares with ex-husband Channing Tatum. “This time, I want junk food. I want everything bad. It was immediate — I was like, where’s the chips? Where’s Taco Bell?”
Dewan also talked about experiencing “really weird” pregnancy dreams.
“I had a dream the other night that I was playing hockey with a bunch of hockey players, and then all of a sudden we turned into balloons and we started floating,” she said. “And the problem was we couldn’t keep our skates on the ice … I woke up and was like, what was that?”
Despite the differences in her symptoms this pregnancy, it’s clear Dewan is still happy to be a mom-to-be.
“I’m so excited,” she said. “It’s been amazing.”
Is it normal for your first pregnancy to be different from the rest?
If you’re a second-time mom (or third-time mom, or beyond!) going through something similar to Dewan, you’re not alone. Dr. Christine Greves, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, says it’s normal for your pregnancy to be different from baby to baby.
“Usually in subsequent pregnancies, your mind is on your existing little one already, so you’re not the same person as you were during the first pregnancy or the second pregnancy because you have more people on your mind!” says Dr. Greves. “Your body has gone through this change already. Your muscles have already been stretched. Your veins have already been dilated. Your uterus has already had a baby in it. You’re not the same person, per se.”
And while your symptoms may be different the second time around, your first pregnancy can still clue you in on some things.
“Your history will dictate how subsequent pregnancies will be,” says Dr. Greves, explaining that if you experienced a medical condition the first time you were expecting, like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia or high blood pressure, for instance, you should keep your eyes open for that condition again in following pregnancies.
If you’ve been pregnant before and are now expecting again, Dr. Greves recommends being aware of people around you who can help you throughout the experience.
“Try to recognize that raising a child requires a village,” she says. “When your body is trying to tell you something during pregnancy, listen to it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
And of course, if you have any questions about your symptoms, reach out to your doctor.
“Always establish care with your doctor and discuss individual symptoms with them,” Dr. Greves says. “That’s what we’re here for.”