When you’re caring for one baby while pregnant with another, you may find yourself neglecting your health and pre-natal care. It’s important, however, to pay attention to your own well being. Here are some tips I’ve learned to keep yourself healthy and your newborn and unborn baby safe.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a mom say “All I’ve had is a bag of chips today.” To any pregnant woman, the idea of skipping meals may seem unthinkable. But, trust me, when you’re busy making sure your little one eats, poops, and goes down for a nap, it’s easy to look at the clock and realize you’ve missed breakfast and lunch.
You need to take time to feed yourself and the little one in your belly. While you’re feeding your older baby, grab something for yourself. Take bites as you spoon out mouthfuls.
Good pre-natal care means good nutrition. Don’t grab that easy-to-scarf candy bar. Keep fruits like apples and grapes on the counter. Yogurts and baby carrots are also easy to eat. If you’re craving carbs, try crackers in individual packages.
Drink plenty of water, too. I keep a big water bottle with me at all times. I sip all day, and before I know it, I’ve had my daily requirement of liquids.
There is a lot of pressure for parents to do it all. But remember, even the celebrities who seem to have it all together have a nanny or two!
If friends and family offer to take the baby for an hour, cook you a meal, or clean your house, let them! As I get bigger, I’m finding it harder and harder to keep up with my little man, as well as with my errands and my writing. My mother comes over every few days to help me clean and play with the baby, and I’m grateful for the help.
Remember, you don’t have to have your hands in everything. Let other people take over for a while, and give yourself a break.
Don’t Ignore Pain
No pain, no gain, right? Wrong. Unnecessary strain can be harmful for you and your children.
Listen to your body. It’s going through a lot of changes right now. Muscles are relaxing, hip joints are loosening, and organs are shifting. If you start to feel uncomfortable, stop what you’re doing. If it’s too strenuous to hold your child for too long, put him down and play with him on the floor. In fact, the American Pregnancy Association suggest that women who are at risk of a preterm birth should limit the amount of weight they lift.
I’ve found that my belly throws me off balance. I’m careful when lifting my son, for fear of toppling all three of us over!
Go to the Bathroom
Like eating, this one also seems like a no-brainer, particularly when you have a little foot kicking your bladder. But it’s easy to get in the habit of holding it. If you have to go, put your baby in a jumpy seat or play pen, somewhere where he is safe. You could even put him in his stroller and roll him into the bathroom! Just make sure you give yourself a chance to go. According to the American Pregnancy Association, women are at an increased risk of a urinary tract infection between weeks six and 24 of pregnancy. Going as soon as you feel the need helps prevent one.
Have you found yourself in the same situation? How do you stick to your pre-natal care while looking after your babies?