Getting pregnant is an exciting time for you as a woman, but it can also be problematic. It’s hard enough trying to balance all the needs of your current children, let alone your unborn child. These tips will help you get through this challenging period in parenting!
Let the To Help
You may not get out as often or cook excellent meals- so let the two help! Ask your other children what show they want and pop in some popcorn. You can also try watching a movie with them (choose one that’s appropriate for their age). But be careful; too much screen time can have adverse effects on children- so limit it to one or two hours a day.
Seek Help and Have a Plan in Place
It can be challenging to carry on as usual when you’re pregnant- and it’s even more challenging if you have small children. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from friends, family members, or neighbors. If possible, create a plan in advance that ensures your older kids are cared for while the younger ones nap. Or incorporate scheduled activities to help in keeping your kids active during lockdown as you do something else.
Grocery Shop Online
It is daunting to go shopping when you’re pregnant and have two or more children- so avoid the hassle by shopping online. Ordering everything beforehand will make your life easier while also keeping you from buying anything unnecessary.
Let Go Of Comparisons and Guilt
You may feel like you’re a terrible mom- but don’t let those feelings get the best of you. Remember that every pregnancy and family is different, so find what works for your kids and makes them happy. You also shouldn’t beat yourself up about not doing everything ‘perfectly.’
Plan Quality Time with Your Child
If you have the option, try to plan quality time with your child– even if they’re playing a game or reading. Quality time is vital for both children and parents alike, so make a schedule!
Foster Relationships with Other Mothers
Find ways to connect with other moms who are also pregnant, such as going out for coffee once a week or hosting a playdate for your kids. It’s important to find sources of support and friendship when you’re pregnant- so don’t be afraid to reach out!
Rely On Yourself
It can be difficult juggling everything while pregnant- but try not to rely too much on others; it will only add stress into your already stressful life. If you can, take care of yourself by making sure to eat healthily and drink lots of fluids, get plenty of rest, or find some time for self-care (such as taking a hot bath).
Maintain a Sense of Humor
It may be difficult to stay cheerful when you’re pregnant- but it’s crucial for the well-being of your kids and other people in your life who depend on you! Find funny moments with each child, or make jokes about the new baby bump. Laughing helps relieve stress that can build up over time.
In conclusion, parenting while pregnant can be tricky- but it’s not impossible! These tips will help you get through this period in parenting with as little stress and difficulty as possible.
Carla is the founder of MyBump2Baby. Carla has a huge passion for linking together small businesses and growing families. Carla’s humorous, non-filtered honesty has won the hearts of thousands of parents throughout the UK.
She has previously written for the Metro and made appearances on BBC News, BBC 5 live, LBC etc. Carla is a finalist for Blogger of the Year award with Simply Ladies inc. Carla is also the host of the popular Fifty Shades of Motherhood podcast and The MyBump2Baby Expert podcast.