Your second pregnancy can be tiring under normal circumstances, but when you have a toddler in tow you might just need these few life-saving tips to help you have sail a little easier through the tough times.
It may sound impossible, but if you conserve your energy, take care of your health and minimise those high-energy playtime activites with your tiny tot, both you and your toddler can and will survive the next couple of months.
- Lower Your Expectations
This seems to be a line that we throw in quite often, which shows just how important it is! When you have a lot on your plate and you’re about to pass out, take a break and just this once allow the laundry basket to pile up, while you take a nap. You can take care of it when you’re re-energized.
- Keep Playtime Low-Key
The first trimester usually comes with fatigue, so keep your playtime activites with your tot less energetic. Save those for dad! Go on interesting outings, like a treasure hunt in the garden, and take it in your stride.
- Use Nap Time
If your toddler still takes naps, use this opportunity to take a nap too! But if your toddler doesn’t nap anymore, you can encourage quite playtime in their room or put on a movie and relax for an hour (yes, you can let the movie babysit for a short time!)
- Accept That You’re Not Perfect
Realise that you can’t be Super Working Woman and be Super Mom at the same time. Enjoy the little moments and if, at one point, you just feel like taking a break, just cuddle with your baby and forget about the rest. It’s perfectly okay!
- Talk To Your Toddler
Your pregnancy is a good time to connect with your toddler. Kids are very sensitive and they will know when they should or shouldn’t bother you. Be gentle to yourself and to your toddler. If all goes well, your little one will even offer to give you soft massages when your muscles are aching.
- Ask For Help
When you feel like you can’t function anymore, ask your partner to help you out or ask friends and family for their support.
- Remind Yourself
Remind yourself that this is just a passing phase; it won’t last forever. Savour the moments and even though your first pregnancy was a walk in the park, you didn’t have a toddler to worry about.
By Thina Mthembu