Being pregnant can be hard! Add a toddler onto that and it can be downright exhausting! Caring for your other children while you’re pregnant with your little peanut can be more than you bargained for, but no worries! The Military Wife and Mom has given us some wonderful tips to make it through this joyful, yet tiring time. You totally got this!
- Drink Water. A lot. And Than Drink More!
That little bambino of yours growing inside of you is taking up a lot of your water that you normally would think would be enough to… you know… grow! So The Military Wife and Mom suggests drinking extra water everyday, to make sure that the baby of yours is getting the nourishment it needs, along with keeping you well-hydrated! Work on drinking up to a gallon of water a day and even if you have a hard time managing that tall order, you should at least know to drink as much as you possibly can on a daily basis!
Other benefits? It will help you cut down on that nagging fatigue you may feel when pregnant, because dehydration isn’t going to set in. Water is going to help you avoid headaches, fatigue and give you lots of benefits for that sweet little baby and it’s free! Perfect!
2. Eat Energy-Boosting Foods
Even when you’re feeling extra tired and you just don’t think you have the energy to work on a healthy meal or snack, it’s more important than ever to eat well! The Military Wife and Mom has a lot of great tips to eat healthy and stave off that fatigue!
Look for foods that are rich in iron, which offer tons of support for pregnancy fatigue. When iron gets low in your system, you may start to feel moody, tired and sleepy, which we all know will make things more difficult to keep up with that toddler running under your feet all day long!
Search out leafy greens, red meats and chicken liver, if you can stomach it! Also, don’t neglect to take that daily prenatal vitamin! If you’re looking for something a little easier, or just don’t think you’ll make it through the day eating those types of foods, think about looking up great spinach and fruit smoothies that will help to get you the iron that you need! Yum!
3. Help Your Toddler Independently Play
There are going to be times that your little one is going to need you to be with them ALL. DAY. LONG., but as they start getting a little older, it’s the perfect time to start setting them up with the life skill of being able to be independent, even if it’s only for an hour a day. Talk about a sanity saver!
The key, though, is to use this time wisely. Don’t start overdoing it and don’t use it as a time to catch up with everything around the house. You’re growing a baby! Use the time to lay down and rest for a little bit. Sit down on the couch and take a load off, while you know you don’t have to answer questions every second of the day! You’ll be amazed how well it helps to boost your energy and keep you going for the rest of the day! It’s also a great way to make sure your toddler is going to be used to not being with you every single second once that new bundle of joy arrives!
4. Ask for Help!
It can be HARD to ask for help sometimes, we know! But when you’re pregnant and trying to make it through the day with a toddler, sometimes you have to suck up that pride and make sure you’re doing what’s best for your family. That means making sure you stay healthy!
If that means asking your spouse to take on some of your normal household duties for the next few months or bringing in a babysitter to help out a few hours a week, it’s your call! Don’t suffer alone and try to be brave!
5. Everything Can Wait
One of our favorite tips from The Military Wife and Mom is the fact that it’s WAY more important to take care of yourself during your pregnancy than it is to get everything done in your life and home. The laundry and cleaning is going to make it an extra day if you just aren’t feeling up for finishing it. Stop being so hard on yourself!
Remember, pregnancy may require extra sleep. If you are used to living on 6-7 hours of sleep a night, it’s going to be time to start adding to that number and getting extra sleep to nourish that little munchkin you’re working hard on growing inside of you!
Hopefully all of these wonderful tips are going to help you manage the next few months of living with a toddler, while managing the fatigue that comes with pregnancy. Do you have any additional tips you’d recommend? Let us know!
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