Expecting Mamas With Little Monsters
Whether your second pregnancy was planned or a pleasant surprise, being pregnant while caring for a toddler is no easy task. On top of first trimester fatigue you will also be dealing with daily temper tantrums. Surviving pregnancy with a toddler in tow and keeping your sanity will soon become your number one priority, trust me.
Earlier this year I found out I was pregnant with baby number 2, this being my 2nd pregnancy I knew I was pregnant before I even tested positive. My newborn baby and toddler will be exactly 2 years apart according to my due date. So while I won’t exactly have 2 kids under 2, it’ll be pretty close.
The thought of having a toddler and a newborn may be terrifying at first, but I’ve found that there are so many benefits to having children close in age. Plus, you’ll be giving your toddler their very own live-in bff so it’s a win-win.
If you are still early on in your pregnancy, you’ll soon find out that this will be nothing like your first. You won’t be able to get the rest you may need or even be able throw up in peace.
Looking back on my first pregnancy, it was so easy. This time around has been a little more difficult because on top of the terrible first trimester nausea, I had to hear my toddler standing behind me making puking noises (which I find hilarious now BTW).
Long story short, don’t expect this to be an easy ride but also remember it is going to be a beautiful one. Not going to lie though, these past months have been crazy but I’ve figured out what helps and what works for me.
4 Tips to Surviving Pregnancy With a Toddler:
Seriously, sleep whenever you can. I know most moms hate hearing “sleep when baby sleeps” but this is really going to be the only time you’ll be able to rest until bedtime. Pregnancy fatigue is real and it only gets much worse when you have a toddler to chase around.
2. Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to reach out to family or friends during this time. Most moms will understand your struggle and will be glad to give a helping hand when needed.
Maybe it’s just me but pregnancy has definitely tested my patience with my toddler. Toddlers can be difficult and when you’re already dealing with so much, frustration can get the best of you. When you find yourself in this state of mind (which will be quite often) take a breather and reset.
4. Do What You Can
Although mothers may seem superhuman, we all need to remember we can’t do it all. Find games and activities that you can do comfortably with your toddler. Don’t worry about having a spotless house, do your chores when you have the energy. Most importantly, don’t feel like a failure if pregnancy is taking a toll on you.
Remember that no matter how tough pregnancy with a toddler gets you will get through this and believe it or not, your little ones will still think you’re the best mama ever.