The 7-day Work Week of a Mom-to-be
Since I started working again on October 1, after resting for five months, I got myself three digital marketing projects to work on while I am expecting. I had so many doubts to resume work not because of a sensitive pregnancy. I was feeling normal and healthy despite the slow growth of a dermoid cyst. But what I was worried about was I knew I’d be dividing my time between preparing for the baby and working on projects. I had to think about how I’ll be managing my time. I have this tendency to over-work myself for a day and totally slack of on some days when I don’t feel well. I didn’t want to underperform at work and at the same time I don’t want to miss out on every milestone in my pregnancy. But I had to prepare for the baby as well, so I went ahead and took the practical route.
How I got started working at seven months
Thinking about a new project, I found myself less and less worried about how my pregnancy will turn out. I was in my 7th month that time and my baby has been very active since then. Luckily, I was already well adjusted. I was way past the difficult part of pregnancy like the dreadful nausea, vomiting, dizziness and occasional sciatica and yes, the carpal tunnel pains. Looking back at those straight one week that I had to endure the pain with a help of a Tiger balm, I’m feeling glad I passed it. I bet the labor pains will be much challenging. Fortunately, I don’t get the sciatic pain and carpal tunnel anymore. Interested in how I was able to deal with it while at home? Check out another entry with the title, “When pregnancy becomes a real pain in the butt (literally).”
I think the secret to getting back to work again in the middle stages of your pregnancy is to learn how to commit to the job. It was difficult at first, but when I took the time to understand the project and how much my help was needed, I came to appreciate the value of the project.
Be comfortable in sharing your situation with your client
I don’t believe in sharing my personal life with my clients, especially at this stage in my life, but a close person in my life did me a favor by teaching me how to be transparent. Though I haven’t learned it entirely yet, slowly, I am becoming more open to my clients in sharing important matters that may affect my work. People we work with appreciate the transparency because they can plan ahead with you. Their businesses are as important as your health so better be open into discussing this with a client and decide on the best actions to take.
Learn to put your worries somewhere else (far from you)
For first time moms like myself, it’s normal to be worried about stuff especially when you’ve heard stories about stillbirths and rainbow babies. There are reasons why these things happen, but it isn’t always the case for hardworking pregnant women. It could be because of other things. I think the best way to handle these worries is to look after our health. If I feel tired, I rest. I try not to overwork myself and get frequent breaks from working when I feel like the baby needs it too. Usually, I would walk around to exercise my legs, do squats and lunges to release the pressure from my leg while I exercise my pelvic muscles. But the best thing to do is to give oneself a rest whenever you’re sitting or standing for long hours. This way you’re also giving yourself a favor so you could perform well on your job.
So despite the fact that I am always working, balancing multiple tasks while I prepare for the arrival of my baby, I could say that I am happy that I’m able to work. I enjoy working as much as I enjoy watching my baby bump swirls and twirls. And I’m also thankful that the dermoid cyst isn’t giving me a hard a time. I think what matters here is you do the things that you know will benefit you and the baby inside you.
Written at 36 weeks and one day
Originally published at elleanorma.wordpress.com on January 24, 2016.