Pregnancy at 24 vs 34: What A Difference 10 Years Makes…


I had my first baby girl at 24 years old, and I am now pregnant with my 4th daughter at 34 years old. What a difference 10 years makes.


At 24, I felt great. No nausea or vomiting. No back pain. Pregnancy was an amazing experience! I was completing my bachelors degree at San Diego State University. I had no problem walking around campus and usually showed up to my classes with a huge chocolate chip ice cream sandwich. I finished my last semester and all of the end-of-degree term papers and assignments at almost 9 months pregnant. I waddled down the stage to receive my diploma and 2 weeks later, Baby Girl #1 arrived.

At 34, Uggghhhh. I spent the first 16 weeks feeling nauseous and throwing up 3 times a day. I am always tired. Hungry, but nauseous. Headaches. Backaches. Insomnia. I feel hungover all the time without the fun of a night of wining and dining. All this and I still have 3 other children to take care of. At 20 weeks, the vomiting has stopped but I still can’t stomach the sight of a rotisserie chicken. The nausea continues a little bit at night. Shout out to Trader Joe’s for their fabulous selection of nausea-fighting mint products! Overall, I’m starting to feel like myself but still very blah.

“The Glow”:

At 24, I had “the glow”. I was tiny with a cute bump that looked good in anything I wore. I fixed my hair every day and always had makeup on. I felt great, so I wanted to look great. I spent my days completing my degree and my nights and weekends working on my feet at a spa. Shopping and planning for baby was done in between school and work.

At 34, “the glow” is now a combination of post-vomiting sweats and this heat wave San Diego seems to be having right now. I’m not so tiny, and I’m in a weird stage where my regular clothes don’t fit and don’t really want to buy a bunch of maternity clothes. Hair and makeup is not happening unless I need to interact with people and even then it’s a maybe. It takes all of my energy to get my 3 girls presentable, fed and ready for school. So as long as that’s happening, I’m more than ok being that mom at drop off in a baseball cap, sunglasses and whatever is clean(ish).

Baby stuff:

At 24, I feel like all the baby gear was pretty straightforward. Crib, stroller, car seat, bottles, and clothes. And that’s pretty much all I had and she turned out just fine. I researched everything and read reviews for everything I purchased. I went to every baby store I knew of in San Diego and spent hours testing out strollers, comparing bottles and ooh-ing and ahh-ing over all the cute things.

At 34, there is so. Much. Stuff. Dock a tots? Mamaroos? Nasal aspirators that you have to suck out? With your mouth?! I mean, I’ve heard great things about it. But weird! Bassinets, playyards and a crib? Do I need all of these? Baby moccasins and amber necklaces for teething. Seriously. How has so much changed in the past 10 years? I wish there was a Babies R Us I could walk around and familiarize myself with all these new things. Sigh. Then again, if I can’t have it directly shipped to my door, I’m probably not buying it.

Having a baby at 24 and 34 is such a different experience for me. Though this pregnancy is proving to be a lot more difficult, it is still the biggest blessing, and I’m thankful that I have the chance to grow and raise little people. Also, my oldest child will be old enough to babysit in a few years. So that’s a bonus of having them 10 years apart. Ha!

Do your children have a big age gap? How did the experiences differ or were they the same for you? Tell me all about it! 


  1. OMG this is so true, and so funny! You ARE CUTE! And that’s so true about Babies R Us – that was my go-to to figure stuff out lol I’m glad you’re at least over the really bad stage… omg so funny about the glow of sweats lol gosh, you are totally gonna rock this and your kids are so lucky to have a mama with such an awesome sense of humor! (we need it!) Cheers! Blessings to your family!

    • Aww. Thanks for the sweet words, mama! They’re opening a new Buy Buy Baby nearby so I hope that will fill the babies r us void. If I have the energy for shopping lol ❤️


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