If you’re one of the millions of women working full-time while pregnant, you deserve a damn trophy. Like a big, shiny, golden Oscar or something.
I’ve always worked, and I always knew I’d work through my pregnancy, but I NEVER thought it would be so difficult. Here are a few tips (proceeded by my rants) I’ve learned to deal with pregnancy-related issues while working a 9 -5.
Issue #1 : Exhaustion
Pure, utter, bone crushing, can’t keep my eyes open to walk the 10 feet to my car let alone drive home exhaustion has been a mainstay in my pregnancy since the first trimester. I’m sure the fact that I’m carrying twins, makes it even worse. Here’s the thing that sucks the most – you’re still expected to do your job, run errands, take care of home, look cute, stay in touch with friends, be a nice cheery person along with the other five million things you typically exhaust yourself doing when you’re not carrying around a tiny human.
Cut back on the amount of things you do. So simple yet it’s so hard. If you’re like me, I bet you could go without doing at least 25% things you do without your (or your family’s) life falling apart. If you have help at home make your husband, mom, sister, cousin, nephew or whoever help you. I know it doesn’t feel good to ask for help, but you have to ok? And guess what? Everyone likes to help a pregnant lady. Strangers will volunteer to take your groceries to your car and carry heavy things for you. Let them. Next, for the love of all things holy, get some more sleep. I know you want to get ahead of the mountain of work coming at you tomorrow, but don’t. Close your laptop and go to sleep. If you’re drained in the middle of the day, try taking a car nap. Yup, that’s a thing. Park your car in a discrete area in your office parking garage or parking lot, set a loud alarm on your phone, recline your seat and go to sleep. Even 15 minutes helps.
Issue #2 : Focus
Hey, you. Finish reading this sentence before continuing your day dream about how cute your tiny tot is going to be. Personally, I’ve found focusing on anything is particularly difficult for me these days. I pride myself on being able to get stuff done, but these babies have thrown me for a loop.
Plan your day before it starts. If you don’t, you’re toast. Sit down on Sunday night and map out everything you need to get done for the upcoming week. Then, cross at least 5 things that aren’t urgent off the list. Prioritize your list, open your work calendar and block your schedule to get things done. If there’s something you can afford to pay someone else to do, throw some money at the problem and cross it off your list.
Issue #3: Discomfort
Since this twin pregnancy is my first, I have no idea if it’s as uncomfortable to be pregnant with a singleton. I assume it is though. Pregnant is pregnant. From the back pain to the tiny human kicking your insides like a soccer ball to the national geographic-like changes happening to your body, pregnancy can be a bit uncomfortable from time to time. All and all, I’ve had a pretty easy pregnancy compared to some. God bless those women who are on their sick beds for 10 months.
Make sure your working out at least 3x per week. You can do 15 minutes of yoga in your living room, go for a walk or whatever, but exercise is vital to keep your body feeling its best. Next, try to eat something green everyday. I know the craving for Chick-Fil-A can strike at a moment’s notice but try your best to get in some veggies or at least some organic juice or a smoothie every day.
GO TO THE CHIROPRACTOR. This has been a lifesaver for me. If you’re in the Dallas area, I can’t say enough good things about Cafe of Life Chiropractic. They’re amazing. Getting adjusted not only helps my back, but it makes my whole body feel better sans medicine.
Issue #4: Baby Brain
You’re constantly thinking about the baby’s nursery, your registry, where you’re going to put all of their crap, how you’re going to afford all of their crap, day care, among a million other things.
I’m at a loss on this one. I have no idea how to stop these thoughts from invading your brain. It’s inevitable. You’re going to be a mother. Your entire freaking life is about to change forever. Just try not to get caught up on Pinterest or Google all day and you’re good.
Good luck working mamas.
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