I always assumed a second pregnancy would be easier than the first as nerves seem to get the best of novice mamas-to-be.

To my surprise, expectant friends are having a tougher time on their second go round.

One woman has a severe case of placenta previa, which is preventing her from traveling, exercising or having sex. On top of that, the umbilical cord is straight down the middle in a precarious position.

Concerned with the baby in her belly AND entertaining her 18–month–old son, this second pregnancy has been more worrisome than the first.

Was your second pregnancy tougher than the first?