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I am now at 25 weeks and, although most of the time I feel well enough to do things like housework, walking to work, hanging out with friends etc, on occasion it just makes me feel unwell, tired & a little crazy sometimes.
I understand everyone is different but i’d love to have an idea of how other’s judged their health.
I don’t want people to think i’m taking advantage of their help – husband doing the housework – or cutting them out just because i’m pregnant (when all my friends have been there before)…
I’m just trying to work out how far I can go before my body or baby tell me I’ve gone too far?

Posted anonymously, 17th June 2014

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  • I found this really hard too – I’d think I was okay and then suddenly abruptly realise I’d overdone it. I would just do what you can, and acknowledge that right now that’s likely to be less than usual.

  • Just do as much as you feel comfortable doing without risking yours or your baby’s health. Your body will let you know when to slip down or stop

  • This is completely an individual decision. Only you know how you’re feeling and what you can be doing

  • Listen to your body, it will tell you how much you can do. Every person is different and every pregnancy is different.

  • I worked part-time till literally my labour started it is true. My first child and felt OK doing things it is true. But I also think listen to your body not what other’s tell you too… Although sharing advice is also a good thing to do….As lots of good information and friendship too. I also went to breathing exercise classes too and they were a thing I was thankful for it is true….As my labour was three hours with first and my second it was two…so did a lot of panting I tell you… All the best in your pregnancy and birth of your child…All of us are different I learned that so no right or wrong answers it is so,but being informed is good way to go…Me in pink,past childbearing now a Nana is child caring I still love (I think! ha)

  • I think the most important thing is that every woman, and indeed every pregnancy, is different, so no-one can tell you that they did X, Y or Z when they were 6 months pregnant so you should too. Just do what feels right for you and rest when you need to! And I think getting the hubby to do the housework sounds like an excellent plan.

  • I think you said it, just take it easy when you don’t feel good and do stuff when you do feel good. I think heavy lifting is out, but I went nuts cleaning right up until the day before I gave birth (bending over got harder though). Just do what you can.

  • I did everything normally (well as much as I could do) until I was told by a doctor around 6 months to stop everything!!! I wish I could have been more active/worked longer but it was either continue what I had been doing (at the risk of losing my daughter) or just slow down and try and relax :) everyone has different limits mentally and physically… You’ll find your happy medium :)

  • I did everything while pregnant including teaching fitness classes until the week before I was due and most housework etc. Some days if I didn’t feel up to it I would accept help but generally my theory was that if I felt fine I’d do whatever needed to be done.

  • Only you will really know the answer to this. On the days you feel well enough do what you can, on those other days listen to your body and rest while you can. Dont feel guilty for having help, especially from your husband. Once bub comes there is no stopping and trust me it can get harder. If people are offering help then take it.

  • You will know when enough is enough. My first pregnancy I was active and finished up driving an hour and a half to work and an hour and a half home from work at about 36 weeks – far to tired! I was still attempting to help herd sheep some days though! For my second pregnancy, my body just wouldn’t/couldn’t do what I did in my first pregnancy. I had back problems, lack of energy, carried big (everyone thought I was having twins from 16weeks!), vacuuming/dishes did me in and you certainly wouldn’t have found me herding sheep – and this was from about 21 weeks. My daughter ended up coming six weeks early.
    Listen to what your body is telling you, sit down and put your feet up when you need to, snack when you need to to keep up your blood sugar (may help with the light headedness) or just get out there and walk and do what you can. Just don’t go lifting anything heavy, those awesome hormones running through your body to soften muscles is a blessing when it comes to birth, not so much for the pregnancy.
    All the best with your pregnancy!

  • Definitely trust your instincts, and rest when you can because you never know when it’s all going to catch up with you!

  • I had morning sickness with my first pretty much until he was born, my job was pretty physical and I used to get really tired , and smells would mAke me dry reach lol funny now but I really didn’t have an option so I worked until 36 weeks, listen to your body and if you have help why not accept it

  • Listen to your body. I’m guessing this is your first baby?? Lap it all up & milk it for all you can as there will be no turning back.Goodluck

  • My first I had severe morning sickness until the day I had my son. My second pregnancy I worked as a kitchen hand sometimes being left on my own to do lunch service. This was fine until 22 weeks when I went into pre term labour. Luckily they were able to stop my labour. I was advised to quit work. It depends on your body and each individual. You know your body hun

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