The other day, I was thinking about the person I was when Rick and I were dating, and we were dreaming about the future. Those days when I was like, “oh yeah, we’ll have four kids for sure.”
And then we had Ricky, baby number one, and life was soooo simple. Take care of baby, work while baby sleeps, rinse and repeat. Of course, it didn’t feel so simple at the time, but looking back? Heck yes, taking care of one infant was a walk in the park.
Then Ricky got mobile, and things started to get a little harder. It was harder to work while he was home, so I started getting up earlier. It was harder to balance our days, but still – it was manageable.
And then the activities started. And then we had two kiddos – a toddler, and a baby. Things were definitely harder. But they weren’t overwhelming until Chris got mobile. Holy crap, my friends, was that a game changer.
And here we are today. 5 years older than when I got pregnant with Ricky. My body has stretched in every possible way it can stretch. My MIND has stretched in what feels like every possible way it could stretch. Pregnant again, with what feels like the hardest possible first trimester ever.
I’m not sure if it’s the I’m older thing, or I have two other kids to chase after, or we’re just busier, but man – this time around is really taking a toll. I’ve had awful morning sickness, and don’t even get me started on the exhaustion.
Let me tell you – being a busy working mom with constant morning sickness? Not such a good combo. Thankfully, things are starting to look up. I’m starting to feel better, at least beyond the whole crippling-nausea-slash-puking-thing, which is a HUGE sigh of relief.
That said, pregnant mom with 2 young kiddos is not a walk in the park. I’ve actually told my husband that if any of our previous pregnancies had been like this, we would not have continued having babies…and maybe that’s the hormones talking, but hey. It’s intense, mamas. Because it’s been a little stressful, trying to figure out balance and all, I thought I’d share some of my top tips for managing a job, a household, kids, activities…all the THINGS…while pregnant.
Work from home as much as you can.
One of the major bonuses to what I do? As long as I’m not with a client, I can work from home. And that means when I feel like I need a snack, there’s lots of options available right upstairs. If I need to lie down for 30 minutes while my Zofran kicks in, I can make that happen. And if I just need a second shower, because between getting the kids out the door, getting my work rolling for the day and the fact that being pregnant basically makes me feel like a furnace, I can make that happen. And not feel bad about it. At all.
So: work from home as much as you can. It takes a ton of the stress out of your day, and makes it much easier to balance those pregnancy…issues…that pop up.
Drink lots of liquids.
Having something different to drink every hour is for some reason a nausea killer. Especially cold drinks on ice. My personal faves: the sparkling teas at Caribou, lime flavored sparkling water, and those sugar free drink mixes you can add to your ice water (grape, fruit punch and raspberry lemonade are my jam). I’m basically BFFs with anything that makes me feel less pukey these days.
Get lots of protein in your diet
More protein = happier belly. I’m not quite sure why this works out, but it works wonders. I start my day with a Shakeology shake, and I have tons of the Chobani yogurt (the kids yogurt tubes, and yes, I know) in my fridge to snack on throughout the day. Berries and grapes have also been a lifesaver – I think it’s because they’re so water dense.
Go to bed early.
The best thing I can do at this point is get a lot of sleep. If I go to bed late, or am up a lot at night, it’s basically a guarantee that the following day will be spent on the couch. On top of Zofran, I’m also doing the B6 + Unisom combo (ask your doctor about it if you have no idea what I’m talking about), and I’m at the point where I *think* I’m actually over the Zofran. LIFE.SAVER.
When you can, exercise.
It sounds really dumb, but believe it or not, getting exercise actually helps me feel better. When I’m really hit hard by the morning sickness, it’s about all I can do to get out for a little walk around the block. But as I’m feeling better, I’m able to jump on the treadmill for short bursts, life weight, and even do a little PiYo. And if I’m being completely honest, getting in a little activity has been really good for my overall self-esteem.
(Ok, I’m just going to add a note about the fact that you should check with your doctor before you start working out as a pregnant mama, because it may or may not be a good time to jump start your fitness, depending on yourself and your pregnancy).
So tell me in the comments: how do/did you power through the preggo ickies as a busy mama?