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Pregnant and…Working

Although I have definitely cut back on my clients (sorry guys) I am still maintaining a high workload to be Pregnant and…Working 

Although my blog does not make up much of my income (yet), I am fortunate enough that my writing does! As a freelance writer and content creator, it means I have a lot more flexibility over clients, workload and timings which makes working during pregnancy more sustainable. The downside is that, while many mamas to be are on maternity leave, I am still trying to push forward and keep working!

When I was pregnant the first time I gave up my previous career, stopped working all together and didn’t start again until he was 3! I lost a sense of who I was and became resentful because of it, so I am not willing to let that happen this time. There are pluses and negatives to this, but for me, because I enjoy writing and creating content it doesn’t feel so hard to keep doing what I love. That being said, it can be stressful to keep working during pregnancy! Plus trying to meet the same tight deadlines when you are extra tired and fat or grumpy can sometimes feel like you aren’t giving it your all and for someone like me that feeling bugs me and makes me feel like a failure! I am planning on taking a 6-week break when bumpelina is born and then jumping straight back in because aside from the money, it’s what I enjoy doing.

I am lucky to have a bit more flexibility because of the husband so I could take an extended leave but as someone who is self-employed I am not entitled to maternity leave so the money will run out eventually and like many others, I couldn’t afford to stop work entirely. With this in mind, I thought I would share some of the ways I have managed to keep up with a fairly normal workload right up until the last few weeks (and counting) of my pregnancy.

5 Ways To Keep Working During Pregnancy

1.Napping is Okay

Probably my cardinal rule. Extra rest and sleep is important during pregnancy and for me, writing for long periods of time makes me tired anyway so naps are an essential part of my day. I probably incorporate 2 naps a day currently and taking a nap has been essential for working during pregnancy as it helps me to maintain focus and avoid writing drivel! The sweet spot currently is 15 minutes which is enough time to rest without getting that groggy “oh no what have I done” type aftermath.

2. Don’t Sit For Too Long

Sitting can be harmful to your health and also leads to a higher risk of DVT in pregnant women so it is important to get up and stay mobile. This is the one I struggle with the most because writing requires a lot of sitting and when I am in the groove, time flies. However, I have noticed that the further into my pregnancy, the more my feet swell if I sit for too long so it has definitely encouraged me to get up and at least stretch. I have also downloaded a dictation app which has allowed me to carry on with my thoughts and ideas even if I have to walk away from the desk.

3. Communicate With Your Boss/Clients

Be honest with them and ask for more flexibility if you need it and try to come up with a workable solution. For example, starting later or finishing earlier can be the difference between getting into work or suffering from burnout! Also, you may find certain tasks too tiring but you can take on someone else’s work and trade for a short period of time and do something that is still productive and useful. For me, discussing my needs with my clients has in some cases allowed me to take more work on but in a way that suits me and my current situation!

4. Have A “Work” Space

For those who work from home, this makes it easier to mentally distance yourself and give yourself a mental break and rest when you are done for the day and you can “leave work” like you would in the workplace. Otherwise, the lines can get foggy and you find yourself up at midnight working in bed because you feel like you should!

5. Know Your Limits

If you are career driven or goal orientated, you will find that you keep trying to push yourself to reach the deadline, get the work done and progress but (and this is the hardest part) sometimes it just isn’t doable. There aren’t many things I have had to turn down or say no to when becoming pregnant and for the most part, working during pregnancy has been quite simple but on the days where I am exhausted, feeling sick or can’t concentrate, I just have to accept I can’t do it. At the end of the day, yours and your baby’s health is the most important thing, so know when it is time to say, I need to take a step back.

Did you work during pregnancy or do you have any tips? Let me know in the comments. 

This post is part of my mini ongoing pregnant series “Pregnant and…” Check out the other posts by clicking on the picture:

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How I have maintained an almost normal workload and continued working during pregnancy, almost up to the end and why it is important to me.

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Written by Charlotte

Founder at The Mummy Toolbox

8 Comments

  • Tripserto (#)
    July 5th, 2017

    I really enjoyed reading your post. From a male’s perspective it was very interesting

  • Bassima (#)
    June 29th, 2017

    I work as pharmacist and i was so thin when i was pregnant, it was my first pregnancy and i didn’t realise the risks i had, i just thought that i am like all my friends who work as pharmacists, but when i finished 5th month and in middle of sixth i couldn’t continue my work and had to take special medication

  • I worked throughout my last pregnancy and actually got 2 jobs while pregnant! Being realistic is essential!

  • Fashion and Style Police (#)
    June 26th, 2017

    Great tips. Knowing your limit and when to stop working does help.

  • Becca Talbot (#)
    June 25th, 2017

    There is some great advice here for mamas considering going back to work after giving birth, as well as for working during pregnancy. X

  • Rachel Neal (#)
    June 25th, 2017

    I think for anyone who works from home the most important point is to have a work space.otherwise work and home life just mingle into one and its not good. Were in the process of moving and we will have an office in our new home and I cant wait.

  • Sophie's Nursery (#)
    June 25th, 2017

    When I was pregnant I used to work all day and come home and fall asleep on the sofa haha ! Sleep is so important during pregnancy xx

  • emmerson329 (#)
    June 25th, 2017

    Due to health reasons and being so high risk, I wasn’t allowed to work throughout my pregnancies. I don’t know how people manage it, I have huge admiration for those who do!

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