While being pregnant at any time can be hard on your body, if you already have a little one or more at home with you, handling the stresses of a pregnancy can be even more difficult. When you’re not feeling well, it can be a real challenge to take care of all your responsibilities at home, including being all your children need at all times. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help make this time easier on everyone. To show you how, here are three tips for dealing with pregnancy symptoms with other kids at home.
Cut Yourself Some Slack
According to Ann Timm, a contributor to Keeper Of The Home, the very first thing you should do when you get pregnant and start feeling those pesky pregnancy symptoms is to lower your expectations of yourself. When you’re not feeling up to par, you can’t expect your performance as a wife and mother to be at your normal level either. By giving yourself permission to just work at the level you’re comfortable, you’ll feel much less stress while you’re go through this tough stage.
Prepare For Times of Sickness
If you’ve previously gotten sick during your pregnancies, you should prepare for times like that during this pregnancy as well. When you’re feeling decent, you can probably handle your kids similarly to how you would when you’re not pregnant. But when you’re feeling particularly icky, Catherine Rodie, a contributor to Essential Baby, recommends that you prepare ahead of time for this. To do this, try getting together some quiet activities that your kids can do without too much supervision. If you make these things seem like treats or surprises, your kids will be much more likely to give you the time you need to feel better.
Ask For Help When Needed
Although it may seem like the biggest challenge to some women, when you can’t get everything taken care of on your own, Mommy’s Bundle suggests asking for help when you need it. If you don’t have friends or family around that you’re comfortable asking to come help you at home while you lounge around in your maternity clothes getting bigger and sicker, you can try hiring out some help with certain tasks that you can’t get done on your own, like cooking or cleaning. While this may cause you to take a hit to your pride, you’ll feel much better knowing things are taken care of even if you weren’t able to do them yourself.
If you’re worried about how you’re going to handle being pregnant while having small kids at home, use the tips mentioned above to help you make the best of this tricky situation.