Finding out that you’re pregnant may be the most exciting news you’ll ever receive. But for some, this may not be welcoming at first with the huge changes and adjustments that come with it. It’s never easy to rock it in your business or career while your body hustles (inside) 24/7, growing and nurturing a baby!
Don’t fret and take it easy. Here are some things you can do to make coping with changes a little less stressful:
1. Take breaks.
Break your work down into small chunks that you can manage. If you are tackling a project, divide the work by days, hours, down to minutes until you finish it. Try working on that proposal or forecast for 15 minutes straight then take a break for another five. Give it your best when you’re feeling the energy and slow down when your body tells you to.
2. Go easy on your activities or work load.
Even when you’re resting, your body still works inside, that’s why you feel tired all the time esp. on the first and last trimester of your pregnancy. It might be frustrating not to be able to do the things that you used to do or must do, but remember that this is the best time to be easy on yourself. Have a pending home project or planning to source materials for your business in another place? It may wait until your 2nd tri or when the baby is a few months older.
3. Dress comfortably.
Wear clothes that are breathable and not too tight especially around the tummy. You’d want to be very comfortable to move around easily. Opt for clothes that can make you feel comfortable moving, working or simply just breathing.
4. Manage morning sickness.
This sneaky pregnancy symptom that you might experience all throughout the day may be the cause of your prenatal stress – food tastes bad, dizziness kicks in and you may feel nauseous every now and then. For some, it may feel like torture to even swallow food, much more speak in front of colleagues without nearly vomiting. One trick is to avoid being too hungry and too full. Stash some crackers within your reach and make sure that you are always hydrated. A lot of moms also swear by lemon and sour candies to ease that bad taste in the mouth or to avoid throwing up. Don’t forget to have an emergency kit that includes a paper bag, mints and wipes especially if you are out doing errands or in a meeting.
5. Do everything online.
Maximize the tech advantages by doing almost everything you need to do online. Do grocery online, pay bills, shop, order food, or even subscribe to that course. You may also opt to hold meetings via Skype. This will help you save much needed energy and allow you to relax or allot the extra time to pamper yourself.
6. Accept help.
We tend to do all the work ourselves, but this time you may want to delegate tasks. Explore getting an assistant for your business or a helper at home. If you already have, try to increase (or expand) their duties. Teach your assistant to do proposals, send simple emails or do follow ups on projects. For house help, you may want to let go of some stuff you usually do for the kids and the house like preparing the kids’ baon or bringing them to school. Hold a regular “meeting” with them to oversee what they are doing or any update about their activities.
7. Enjoy being pregnant.
This is a precious moment in your life and you have every right to enjoy your pregnancy. Savor that special treatment and privileges from everyone while it last! You deserve it! And of course, relish the fact that you are growing a miracle inside you and it won’t be long until you hold that dearest baby in your arms.
The key is not to overwork yourself when you are pregnant. Taking it easy and having a break for a while will go a long way.
Do you have tips and experiences in managing pregnancy? Please do share with us below!