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Ashley Darby Explains How Her Pregnancy with Baby No. 2 Differs From When She Was Expecting Dean

The Real Housewives of Potomac mom got real about her experience with baby No. 2.

By Hannah Chambers

From opening up about her emotions on son Dean’s first day of school to sharing the reality of raising a toddler while pregnant, Ashley Darby always keeps it real when talking about motherhood. Before the Darby family welcomes their second little boy in February, The Real Housewives of Potomac mom shared a health update and explained how this time around is very different than her first pregnancy. 

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“I post a lot about Dean because he really is the apple of our eyes, but I wanted to also give an update as to what’s happening on the side of the pond with my baby in the belly and all that stuff,” she said in a series of January 11 Instagram Stories. “Everything has been going well these last 33 weeks. I have seven more weeks to go until my due date, which is February 28. I have to say that the fatigue is really kicking in now, as well as the breathlessness and the arrhythmia."

"I have arrhythmia anyway, where I would just get these sporadic moments of my heart beating abnormally, but now it happens more consistently and it happens for a longer period of time," Ashley continued. "It actually woke me up last night because I had this arrhythmia for at least 10 seconds, where my heart was doing something really crazy. I know I have extra blood in the body, but it is being accompanied now by a little bit of pain." 

Ashley continued by explaining that she has an upcoming doctor’s appointment in which she plans to chat about her experience, adding, “It just is a little worrisome, because I didn’t experience that with Dean.” 

“When people say every pregnancy is different, gosh darn, if it’s not true,” she explained. “With Dean, I had excessive swelling, I was even more tired than I am now, but maybe that was also because I didn’t have a toddler to run around after. And I ate a lot more. With this baby, I’m not quite as hungry, and I have longer durations of energy. But yes, this arrhythmia is the big one. But no swelling, OK. I don’t have tree trunks for legs, and it is nice.” 

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