If you’re one of the many pregnant working moms out there, congratulations on your pregnancy! You may have clicked on this post, because you are pregnant, have a job, raise one or more kids at home, and are wondering how to manage it all.
I’m also writing this post for pregnant working women with no children at home yet. Don’t worry mamas! I got you covered. 😊 In this post, I share advice for pregnant working moms on how to manage working and day-to-day life, while growing a baby inside of you.
Pregnant working moms – Don’t try to do it all
“Doing it all” doesn’t even work when you’re not pregnant. However, you might have kept busy before pregnancy by working crazy hours, taking on new work projects left to right, keeping your house in top shape, and maintaining a robust social life.
Once you become a pregnant working mom, I really, really, really don’t recommend trying to keep up with the same schedule if it was a super busy one. Every pregnant woman is different, but growing a baby is hard work and will put your body and mind to the test. Fatigue is extremely common in the first and third trimesters of pregnancy, so it’s definitely a time to take it easy and really just focus on the priorities at hand.
This means saying no to people more often than you might be used to. Before I got pregnant, I attended a variety of fundraisers for my daughter’s school. However, once I got pregnant, fatigue became a dominant presence in my life and I had to slow down a lot to keep up with taking care of my kid and working. This meant that I stopped attending fundraisers for my daughter’s school after I got pregnant. I also stopped cooking as much as I used to. For you, think about what you can cut out of your life to make things more manageable.
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Avoid moving if you can
Anyone who has moved knows that it’s a ton of work and can be very stressful. If you’re a pregnant working mom, moving will add a whole new unnecessary stressor to your life. Some pregnant moms understandably may need to move if the landlord is choosing not to renew the lease or the rent increases so high that it doesn’t make sense to stay where you’re at.
However, if you want to move because you want a little more space or the rent increases by less than $100/month, I would strongly suggest holding off until after you have given birth. Working takes a lot of time and because you’re pregnant, you’re not at 100%. Working while you’re pregnant is a lot for your body and mind to process. As a result, you don’t want to add unnecessarily to your already full plate.
Give up control
Are you one of those people who need to have their laundry folded a certain way? Perhaps, your spouse or child loads the dishwasher in a way that drives you crazy. You end up doing most or all of the household work because it has to be “done right.”
However, when you become a pregnant working mom, you’re going to need to get all the help you can get. If that means your husband folds the laundry a little less than perfect or your child “misses a spot,” when sweeping the floors, you need to accept these imperfections.
Pay close attention to your limits
I’ve always been someone who believes in working hard and doing my best. This also includes being as reliable as possible. I was in the first trimester of my second pregnancy this past winter and it really tested my limits. Working full-time and taking care of my child at home around work eventually became too difficult for me physically.
I wanted to continue to work full-time because cutting my hours would mean that my colleagues would have to cover work I was unable to do. However, it eventually became too much and I made a difficult choice to reduce my hours for the last few weeks in my first trimester.
When you become a pregnant working mom, pay very close attention to what your limits are. Many women I know push those limits for a variety of reasons including guilt and fear. However, don’t forget that you need to take care of you and your baby! For me, it meant I had to put guilt and fear aside.
How about you? What are some of the challenges you are facing as a pregnant working mom? Feel free to share your experience or what has worked for you in the comments below!
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