Wailings Of A Work At Home Mom

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Working While Pregnant: Perks and Pains

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I know a number of work at home moms who started working while they’re still pregnant. When I was still working as a medical information analyst, my office allowed me, and other pregnant employees to telecommute.

I also know a lot of women who think that the best time to become a work at home mom is while you’re still pregnant. Working while you’re still pregnant does allow a lot of perks.

For the most part, working at home is more relaxing than working in an office. You don’t have to commute. You’re comfortable. You can take as many bathroom breaks, snack break, and naps as you want.

You get an idea of what it’s like to work at home before the kid(s) arrive. You can set aside workspace as you’re preparing for the baby.

Telecommuting and working at home has allowed a lot of pregnant moms to stay productive. However, pregnant working moms, especially those in their first pregnancy, have to be ready for the surprises and problems childbirth can bring.

No matter how prepared you are to work at home, once the baby arrives, everything changes. You have to give your body time to recover and you have to adapt to your child’s needs.

Not Superwomen

We hear stories of moms going back to work after only 2 weeks from giving birth. These moms are admirable but it’s not for everyone. Some work at home moms feel compelled to go back to work so soon because they feel like they don’t have an excuse to take a longer leave. They’re working at home, which should give them all the rest they need.

But that’s not often the case. Even work at home moms have to take extended leaves for their health and for their child. This means a break from business/employers/clients. This means you might have to change everything you’ve prepared for before you had the baby.

I was hoping for a normal, natural birth and I believed I was healthy enough to go back to work in less than 2 months. Instead, I had an emergency C-sections, surgery complications, a colicky baby, mild post-partum depression and limited childcare options if I did go back to work. From being able to work 12 hours a day (even during my pregnancy), I had to stop working completely for the 8 weeks and slowly pace myself back. As much as I wanted to be like Marissa Mayer who went to work after 2 weeks, it would have been impossible.

Once you have the baby, it’s who new ballgame. Will talk about that more tomorrow.

 

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Author: Julia Jasmine Sta Romana

I'm a writer, enterprise development trainer, activist, full-time mom and part-time superhero. Currently working as 1) VA/content development for Onlinejobs.ph 2) contributor for GMA News Online and Mindanation. 3) internet right activist for Dakila.ph 4) trainer in training for ADFEC 5) co-founder of the Davao Virtual Assistants Association. I like to write about science and technology, parenting, food, society and my advocacy. On my free time I will be found * in school, taking my MBA, * scheming with my sisters on how we can save the world on our free time (Powerpuff!), * playing with our family dogs, * finding the easiest (laziest) way to do chores, and * cheering my daughter as she practices playing her trumpet, off key

3 thoughts on “Working While Pregnant: Perks and Pains

  1. I am a Mom who is a business owner and I think that the perks are the same; being in control of your own time, more accessibility and availability for family and less stress and commuting.

  2. Hi Julia! I’m 38 weeks pregnant and I work from home, and I honestly don’t know how I would have done it if I worked at a regular office job while pregnant. I was terribly exhausted in my first trimester, and my sleeping pattern is so crazy now that I’m about to give birth. Plus, I go to the bathroom many, many times a day. Working from home and at my own time allows me to rest anytime I need (or want) to, something which is not possible at my old office. I have learned to appreciate the work-from-home setup even more during my pregnancy, and I know I’ll appreciate it a whole lot more once my baby arrives.

    As for the best time to start working from home, I’d say that the sooner, the better. I’ve always known that I want to be a mother someday, I actually started my journey to WAHM-hood 3 months before I got married. I had time to adjust to being a WAH employee to WAH wife to WAH pregnant woman and soon, a full-fledged WAHM.

    • That’s wonderful Dea and good luck on on the baby! Starting early does make things easier. Would you mind sharing your WAH employee to WAH experience here? I would love to read about it =)

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