Once you have kids, any later pregnancies become that much harder. You have to deal with nausea, fatigue and other pregnancy symptoms along with taking care of your older children. Here are some more great strategies for getting through a tiring first trimester of second pregnancy.
First Trimester, Second Pregnancy: Surviving Morning Sickness
- Have a bucket of toys you only pull out for your child, as you’re running to the bathroom.
- REALLY consider revisiting your screen time rules. Remember the first trimester is only temporary. Can you only have the TV on during the hours you feel worst? Maybe an educational video game or app if they are learning to identify their letters or numbers, etc.
- Can you enlist someone to help you at the time of day you feel sickest? Can your mother come over to play with your child for those hours?
- Have you considered sending your older children to preschool or in-home childcare, or hiring at-home help for those few hours each day?
- Can someone prepare a plate for your child for breakfast every morning or your husband take over making dinner for a while?
- Avoid high fat foods as this can exacerbate nausea and vomiting. This includes greasy takeout and high-fat convenience store snacks. Stick to carb or protein-based snacks, and listen to what your body tells you about what and how much to eat.
- Spread meals out to little bites throughout the day.
- Ask your OBGYN about new medications they have for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Many are considered very safe, have been used in other countries for years, and may be completely necessary to get through your day right now.
- Research at-home remedies such as sucking ginger lozenges, etc.
Preparing Your Preschooler
- Spend time with friends or family who have babies, so your toddler can get used to being around them and how they act.
- Don’t tell your child he will have an instant playmate for life, set them up for realistic expectations about how babies cry a lot, need bottles, and how fragile babies can be.
- Now is a great time to practice your child’s skills towards independence. Can they start pouring their yogurt into a bowl or buttering their own toast? Practice having them dress and undress themselves.
- Start using a timer to incorporate 5 minute cleanup times into your day. Your child will love their increasing autonomy.
- Watch animations of a baby growing inside you.
- Read books on becoming a big sibling.
- Let your child feel the baby kicking and moving about in your tummy.
- Explain to your child what having a new baby in the house will be like, realistically. Babies cry a lot. They like to eat a lot, etc.
More Tips on Surviving First Trimester, Second Pregnancy …
- Find online resources for making bulk freezer meals and get to work on them on weekends when you’re feeling better, for example during the second trimester when women traditionally have a bit more energy to spare.
- Sign up for activity-based classes for your children to do that burn up energy. Karate, soccer, gymnastics are all good choices.
- Ask your partner to take a class or do an activity with your child every Saturday or Sunday morning so you can get some extra rest or organizing done.
- Focus on nutritious, quick meals. Now is not the time to experiment with fancy dinners you always wanted to make. A protein, a vegetable or two and a healthy grain or starch. Frozen pizza once a week. Bowls of soup for dinner. Look for easy crockpot meals or sites that feature making multiple freezer meals in one go.
- Do one load of laundry per day.
- Run the dishwasher once per day, at night.
- Buy 5 shirts and 2-5 pairs of pants (depending on how clean you like your pants!). Alternate thru the week.
- Wear your hair up more.
- Can’t stress this enough, get as much ready the night before as possible. Pull out outfits for everyone, down to socks and shoes.
- Prep lunch boxes and breakfast. Pack book bags. Plan for dinner the next night.
- Try to set a timer for 10 minutes and do one or two household small chores a day. Scrub one toilet or wipe down one area of the kitchen, etc. If you can do more, great, but this is a good minimum strategy. By the way, keep cleaner and a rag in each room that you clean often.
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