How I Survived Working Long Hours in the First Trimester
If you’re working long hours, and possibly enduring the draining commute as well, you may be wondering how you’ll survive your first trimester tiredness.
In today’s post I’m sharing the strategies I used to survive (and even thrive) during my first trimester and throughout my whole first pregnancy. I’m not going to sugar-coat it – it was tough. So I sincerely hope my story helps you while you battle through the deadly combination of long hours + pregnancy fatigue.
Take Advantage of any and every offer of help
Sometimes we are very proud (well I am) to accept any help, and I’ve always believed that if I don’t do it myself it won’t be the right way! But the reality is when your energy levels are down to zero and you are physically sick e.g. nauseous, tired, etc you HAVE to let other people help you.
If the house is dirty and you can’t clean, ask your partner to do the basic and most transited areas, kitchen/bathroom/bedrooms. If he can’t be bothered hire a cleaner.
Another life saver for me was ordering food online from the supermarket and cooking in those energy boost moments helped by my husband.
If you are working full time like I was it is good to talk to your boss and let them know. You’ll be surprised how understanding they can be even if they are male, as a lot of them would have wives and kids of their own and can relate to what you are going through.
When I fell pregnant I was already on a good healthy path, but I made a clear choice to support my baby growth in every way I could! I not only was following my obstetrician’s advice on things not to eat but I did further research and started to eat better.
Buying fresh fruit and veggies from a farm that supports local farmers in my state and they are either organic biodynamic or chemical free produce. I started eating grass fed meats, also local products.
Exercise has always been part of my life and I may not be the skinniest person alive (far from it) but I make it a priority in my life because it makes me feel good.
I couldn’t exercise properly during my first trimester because I was sick so I only did the bare minimum, a walk here and there, a quick exercise DVD session when able to, because I’m not going to force my body to do something it can’t – Listen to your body ALWAYS!
Communicate your needs
Being a sort of control freak that I am I definitely understand how hard it is to ask for what you need and not hope that people can read your mind or act the way you would! You have to remember that this is a time to put yourself first and NO you are not being selfish! You are growing a child and every action you do takes 30% more energy.
It Is not an easy task and you don’t need to do it alone. If there is a time to ask for help and swallow your pride — this is it.
So this time in your life you need to think about yourself; maybe even do some yoga, swimming or even meditation, to help you relax and keep your body and mind at peace.
The main reason I started my PregFit online business was because I’m so passionate about pregnant women maintaining their health and fitness. Too often pregnant women feel like they won’t look stylish or feel comfortable enough to continue exercising, but there’s a way to be both. A lesser known reason is because now I’m a mum, I couldn’t bear those long hours that took me away more than I cared from my precious daughter.
It’s simple: Becoming a mother changes your perspective, not just your body.
Here’s to surviving those long-hours, Angela