At this point in my life I have had five children, all natural births and by themselves. (So, no twins or triplets.) These children came in the span of fifteen years, between the ages of 23 and 38. I like to think at this point that I know a thing or two about pregnancy!
I can tell you that every single pregnancy is different, and I don’t just mean in your head in terms of experience. Sure, you have a better idea of what’s going to happen by the time you have a fifth kid. But you don’t know what that particular pregnancy is going to be like. My third child was the easiest. I barely felt any symptoms and there were no complications. Even the delivery was just a blip and done. But my fourth child, whoa! Massive nausea, feet so swollen I could barely walk, and I was bedridden the last two weeks out of fear of miscarriage. I was afraid it would happen again with my fifth, but she was about average, I would say. Some symptoms, but nothing critical.
So, to all women out there who want more children but are afraid their subsequent pregnancies may be worse than their first… unless you have medical conditions, you just never know how it will go!