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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Being pregnant with a toddler at home

It's not an easy task. But, has been done many time before by women. So, what are some secrets to survival?? I'm reaching out and asking for any tips you may have! 
Here are common pregnancy ailments:
  1. Nausea
  2. Fatigue
  3. Constipation (and the yucky feelings that go with that)
  4. Bloating
Here are a few survival tips that I have come up with: 
  1. Have plenty of activities at home to play with - you don't always feel up for going out (think blocks, coloring, pom-poms, flash and the dollar tree are great for flash cards, play doh on a cookie sheet…) 
  2. Shop for groceries toddler-less, if possible, to minimize distractions (better yet, recruit help while you're feeling crummy)
  3. Meal Plan when you're feeling good (if you and your family go weeks without a good meal, don't dwell on it. Just get to feeling better! And know you will. You will feel better!)
  4. Get outside with your toddler as your nausea (and weather) allows 
  5. Diffuse oils in a diffuser (peppermint, wild orange, ginger… whatever works for you and lifts your sickly pregnant spirits
  6. Lay on the floor with your tot, while he/she plays. They love to be with you and you will feel better laying down. (plus, you can read books and learn together when you're feeling up to it - yay!)
Some women never experience morning sickness. Yay for them!! (no sarcasm here) But then there are the rest of women… pregnancy is unpredictable with some tough side effects, but a beautiful miracle nonetheless. Sometimes it is hard to remember in the thick of it, but it'll pass!! (and you may even miss it… gasp!) :)

What other suggestions do you have? 

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annie said...

Congrats! That is wonderful :). The nausea, not so much. My tips? Lemon water in the morning. Raspberry leaf tea every day. Jogging when you can, even though it's hard. It really helped with my last pregnancy. I didn't think it would make such a difference.

For toddlers...I'll have to think about it. I don't really remember. Now I have older ones to entertain the toddlers. But mine like cars, and balls. So if I can sit outside I can still rest while we play catch, and they have a great track that occupies from one to five kids at a time.

Hope it passes soon!

Arianna Grether said...

I wish we lived closer, annie. Would be fun to get together with your cute family!! I cannot believe how big (and super helpful) they're getting!

Eve said...

Most 2 to 4 year olds I've met love sensory tubs. Collect funnels, scoops, measuring cups, small pitchers etc and only use a couple at a time. You can fill the large tub or bowl with sand, water, dirt, oatmeal, coffee grounds, flour, anything small really. Play by a sink or outside.

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