Pregnancy and the Working Mom

Pregnancy and the Working MomI’m 8 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I’m also a mom to a 3 year old and work from home as a writer.

I’m at that point where I am completely and totally exhausted all the time. I took 2 naps the other day. Full on naps. Which is wonderful for me, and my midwife is loving it. What suffers however is my work. I used to work through all of Bella’s naps, and now I can’t keep my eyes open long enough to even check my email.

With my sitter moving home, this leaves me even less time to myself to get work done. So far, we haven’t found another that can work the morning hours I need.

Freelancing means I get paid for what I do. I don’t have sick days or paid time off. I do have a lot of flexibility in my schedule, but a deadline is still a deadline.

Managing this new schedule is a bit of a challenge for me. I still have just as much to do, only less time to get it done in. Less uninterrupted time anyway.

So as I find myself trying to navigate parenting, being a wife, and working – along with growing a small human – I have to put priorities in place. I may not have a sparkling kitchen but everyone is fed. I’m tired at night but work got done even if I stayed up a bit later. However, I’ll admit that I’m seriously hoping second trimester is a lot easier on me. Then of course it will start all over when the baby is here. :) Because I love what I do, and it’s important for me to find ways to make it work even when life gets complicated or shifted around. It’s also really important for me to be able to look at something and say, “I’d love to, but I just can’t.”

What I’m struggling with is being sick, tired, and trying to find time to really sit down and work for a long stretch. I’ve mentioned before how easy it is to be distracted at home, and when things pile up I tend to set aside work. I’d love to know how to juggle this all and still manage to get in time with my daughter and rest.

Did I mention my husband is next week leaving for work for the next month and a half as well? So there’s that. We have a lot on our plate and if something gotta give, well, it’s probably going to be the cleaning. Or laundry.

It’s not going to be my daughter, or work. And it sure won’t be my afternoon naps.

About the author

Diana blogs at Diana Wrote about her life with a daughter here and three sons in heaven, life as an army wife, and her faith. You can also find her work on Babble.com, Still Standing Magazine, She Reads Truth, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and on Pinterest .

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  1. I think you answered your own question: do things in small, regular increments. Jotting down ideas for posts; drafting posts; answering 5 emails; get up, do a little cleaning/laundry/dinner prep; put out/think up activity for Bella; do the activity; expand drafts/post ideas.

    I just found that having a long list of possible activities meant I could still get some work done, just less in bulking all similar things together (what I usually do), and more in little steps.

    The big things just seem too overwhelming and, by doing the little things throughout the day, when it comes to “crunch time” (making dinner & doing bedtime or actually getting a project finished) I could manage it most of the time with a last burst of energy.
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  2. Hello Diana, so nice to meet wit you!! I truly enjoyed your insights about pregnancy period and Freelancing working pressure. I’m a Freelancer just like you and know exactly how rush time freelancing job makes. You’re doing job indeed in the pregnancy time and I wish all the best to you to have safe newborn on your lap. Thanks. :)
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