Someone I once knew who had seven children said “Isn’t it interesting how you can feel so different in between pregnancies? After one, you might feel not quite so good. After another, you feel great.”
I’ve had four kids now, and I think she is right. Every pregnancy can affect a woman differently, and the effects don’t always go away. Some of this is obvious wear and tear. But some of it just seems, well, wierd. Cravings, for instance, are often different with each pregnancy. And milk seemed to bother me between my third and fourth pregnancies, but stopped bothering me that last time I was pregnant. And it still doesn’t. (I’m really glad, because I’ve always loved milk.) Sometimes I felt like the metabolism or physiology of my baby was affecting my own metabolism.
This article, about the cholesterol levels of pregnant women being affected by their babies would seem to support some of my feelings. The effects aren’t permanent in this instance.
I wonder if there are other things that baby’s genetics do to mom?