Being pregnant is hard work, especially the first trimester. Extreme fatigue, headaches, morning sickness, and just plain feeling “blah” can really take a toll on any woman. But, what if you already have a toddler on your heels? That can be almost impossible to handle! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Read on for some tips on how to handle pregnancy when you are already dealing with the responsibilities of motherhood.
The most important advice for pregnancy, especially if you have a toddler? Lower your standards, and give yourself a break!! Who really cares if your house is spotless, or if your clothes are all folded and put away? Who cares if your bed is made, or if your toddler just ate Froot Loops for dinner? Pregnancy is hard, and pregnancy with a toddler is like an Olympic sport, so cut yourself a break!
Are you a night owl now that your pregnant? Is morning sickness keeping you down in the morning? Or, do you feel most energized when you first wake up, and get lazy as the day goes on? Whatever your personal “clock” is doing, just go with the flow. Wake up a little earlier, and get some chores done. Or, alternately, stay up a little bit later. Whatever makes you feel best.
Does your toddler want those Fruit Loops for dinner again? Or maybe a kid’s meal from your favorite fast food joint? Maybe give in, just this one time. Do you usually ban all television? Maybe let your little one watch a movie while you lay on the couch and relax. Whatever it takes to steal a few minutes of peace and quiet, just go with it!
Have your partner watch your toddler so you can nap. Ask for help from family and friends, and take advantage of any breaks you might get! Join a mom’s day out group, or even hire a babysitter so you can get some rest. You might also want to think about hiring a maid service just to give yourself a little break from housework while you deal with your pregnancy.
It might sound silly, but find things you can do to engage your toddler from the couch or bed while you rest. Watch movies and eat snacks. Do some coloring or puzzles. Play cars or blocks, or read stories. Take advantage of any and all toys that you can do from the comfort of your couch or bed to help make things a little bit easier on you.
You know the old adage “sleep when your baby sleeps”? Well, now, it’s “sleep when your toddler sleeps”! If you usually use your toddler’s nap time for housework or catching up on emails, forget that. For the next few months, focus on using your toddler’s nap time for just that, napping! Take the phone off the hook, and enjoy a little shut eye while your toddler naps!
Consider falling asleep after putting your toddler to bed in the evening (and, it’s okay to push bedtime up a little bit too!). You would really be surprised what a big difference an early bedtime can make in the way you feel the next day!