Learning that you are pregnant can be exciting news for you and your family. A little human will be growing inside of you for the next 9 months and there are so many things to plan for your new bundle of joy. Even with all the excitement, every pregnancy comes with a unique set of challenges. Common pregnancy challenges include morning sickness, headaches, gas, fatigue, and loss of sleep (to name a few).
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Pregnancy Challenges and Ways to Cope
There are many ways to manage pregnancy challenges during this 9 month period. In this post, I am featuring several mom bloggers that were generous enough to share their story on their biggest pregnancy challenges and how they coped around this time.
My biggest challenge during my high-risk pregnancy was being placed on bedrest long term.
Not only did I feel immense guilt that I could no longer physically and financially contribute to my family, but I was bored out of my mind! I decided to make the most of my time spent in bed and used it to explore new hobbies, dive into self-care, and even start a side hustle, Blogging! You can read more about how I kept busy on bedrest at http://www.thecomplexmom.com/10-ways-to-keep-busy-on-bedrest/ .
Bedrest was a huge challenge during my pregnancy, but in the end, it was all worth it. I was able to give my little one more time developing on the inside, which made a significant difference during his NICU stay.
Being placed on pregnancy bedrest was a major challenge when I was pregnant with my youngest. We wanted to give him as much time as possible on the inside so it was imperative I find ways to keep myself busy enough to tolerate staying in bed all day. It was incredibly challenging. I felt immense guilt that I could no longer physically or financially contribute to my family.
You can find Bre at her blog, The Complex Mom.
The biggest challenge I faced while pregnant was continuing to work full time throughout. In the first trimester it was the pure exhaustion and in the last trimester it was the discomfort. I learned early on that I needed to pace myself and listen to my body. I admit, I did sneak out of work a few times so I could take a nap (shhh don’t tell my boss)!
And let me tell you – pregnancy brain is a real thing! I caught myself making a few silly mistakes and realized I had to slow down and double check myself before sending emails that I normally wouldn’t have given a second thought to. Overall, I was blessed to be working in a supportive environment with a (relatively) understanding manger and co-workers which I know isn’t the case for everyone.
Hang in there mamas – it’s a challenging time, but it goes by so fast.
Danielle is the creator of Working Mom Approved and also works full time
as an HR Director for a large corporation. Since becoming a mother,
Danielle has been constantly looking for ways to find balance, make her
life easier, and the life of her family better. She has tried a lot of
things and through this trial and error, the idea of Working Mom Approved
was born. Danielle wants to share her experiences with others in hopes of
saving someone else those extra minutes to spend with their family.
My biggest pregnancy challenge was my fear of not being financially able to care for a child. I was pregnant my last semester of college with my first child, and I knew that my husband and I were not financially stable enough for what was about to happen. I overcame this fear by making sure I landed a position before I began to show.
I had a baby shower so that I was able to get free gifts for the baby. What I didn’t get at the shower, I shopped for on Craigslist and at huge consignment sales for kids. Also, I ended up going back to school to get a degree in accounting. This way, I was able to find an overall better position that paid a lot more.
Parenting With a Dash Of Authenticity was created when Shawree had to quit her job because the cost of daycare is extremely high. While being at home with her 3 children, she realized that she needed to prioritize her family first and not her career. She launched her blog, Parenting With A Dash Of Authenticity in June 2018 and realized writing was her passion, and that this new career path would allow her to spend more time with her family. Parenting With A Dash Of Authenticity is a blog, “Where Mothers Come First”. It shares topics such as parenting, health and wellness, financial wellness, positive mindset, and relationship tips.
In December 2008, we were so excited that our second eldest son finally outgrew our bedroom and wanted to be with his brother. He was a very needy, breast-only, mommy-only baby. We literally cleaned out all the baby things in the house. We were ready to just enjoy our 2 boys for about a year or so before we try again.
I was in the gym, finally getting rid of the extra 18 kilos I gained. One day at the office, I accidentally drank handy Andy. Yes, handy Andy. It burned my throat and my insides. I was a mess. I ended up at the doctors with an upset tummy and told him what happened. He suggested we do a sonar just to check that I was okay. Little did we know, we had a little girl. I was 21 weeks pregnant with no signs or symptoms.
When the doctor said I was 21 weeks pregnant, I just sobbed. He fetched my hubby in the consulting room to console me. I cried uncontrollably. My hubby looked at me and said, “She’s here. There’s nothing we can do about it. I am giving you a week to cry and deal with the shock. After that, we will tell our families and start to plan.” I did just that. I think its important to deal with one’s emotions before moving on.
It was the shortest pregnancy of our lives, with 4 months to buy everything and plan. We planned and she was born perfectly healthy in May 2009 and spoiled rotten.
You can find Simone at her blog, Teamphillips.
The gift of a child should be cherished, yet growing a baby (or babies) can be challenging. During my pregnancy, I struggled with getting adequate sleep every night. What helped me on my pregnancy journey was making sure I got plenty of sleep. My pregnancy pillow, prayer before bedtime and peaceful music helped me get the sleep I needed most nights.
Holly is a Minnesota nice mom and is lucky to be blessed with an awesome five-year-old boy. She’s also the founder of imperfectmomma and works full-time as a Marketing Manager for a cell phone lookup company. Holly’s blog is about the life of a Christian working mom!
Megan experienced severe round ligament pain during pregnancy. In this post, she talks about her pregnancy challenges and how she managed to cope during this time.
Megan can be found at her blog, Ritch Living.
One of my biggest pregnancy challenges was dealing with morning sickness in the first trimester. It’s called morning sickness, but I was either nauseated or vomiting in the morning and in the evening. Luckily, I just had to deal with it in the first trimester.
To help deal with morning sickness, I tried a couple of things. First, I stopped eating three large meals a day. Instead, I ate smaller and more frequent meals a day. This seemed to help a little. I also started eating more ice pops around this time. Ice pops seemed to help settle my stomach a little bit and help reduce the nausea.
Pregnancy challenges can be tough to go through for 9 months. However, make sure you seek the support of loved ones and see your doctor regularly to discuss your pregnancy challenges and concerns.
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