Post # 1
so Papahusky and I went for our first ultrasound to find out how far along I am (because i have irregular periods) and we found out i’m only about 1 month….(Jan ’13 baby? yay!)
my symptoms so far have been fatique, anxiety, cold/hot flashes, mild nausea, bloating among other normal symptoms….i’m only 1 month in and I can’t even begin to imagine these pregnancy symptoms getting worse! gahhh….the anxiety is driving me nuts….my job requires me to have a sharp mind and keen focus on the tasks/projects i’m on…(i work at an architectural firm)…i’m having trouble focusing and concentrating already….
any advise ppl?! how am i supposed to get through each work day without these pregnancy symptoms slowing me down?? :-/
Post # 3
Congratulations! I’m due in January too! I don’t have much advice but sometimes when i’m minutes from falling asleep or just can concentrate I make myself get up and go to the breakroom for a snack or just step outside for a few minutes of fresh air before coming back to my work. It’s hard work growing a baby plus having to do work on top of it – its just downright hard. It serioulsy takes every once of will power to get up and go to work most days. I’m looking forward to the second trimester when i hear your energy levels come back a little bit.
Post # 4
@totheislnds: thanks! yea, i feel like i already go to the bathroom so much thru-out the day, haha…and you are so right, very hard! glad to hear some energy comes back during the 2nd trimester – i’ma need it!
Post # 5
Congratulations! Sometimes in the beginning your body does need to slow down. Try to prioritize and if you can push projects back a little bit of ask for help on certain things. Also keep snacks with you, water, and I would have a caffeine free coke if I needed some sugar. I also would just close my door and put my feet up for 15 mins and listen to a little music just to recharge.
Post # 6
@MamaHusky3: Congrats on your pregnancy!
Honestly, this has been the hardest thing for me… my job is very important to me and I feel terrible that I’ve been doing a totally half-ass job because I feel so awful. I know I’m doing the best I can, but it’s hard feeling like I’m not carrying my weight and/or like I’m not doing a good job in general. Between really bad nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and migraines, it’s a major accomplishment for me to show up at all, let alone actually work.
I am TRYING not to beat myself up over my job performance and am just taking it one day at a time. I’m asking for help from my coworkers and letting my boss know when I reaaaallly can’t do something he wants me to do (i.e., if I have a killer migraine or can’t stop throwing up). So far he has been pretty understanding.
My number one priority though has to be my health and baby’s health… so I just can’t do everything that I did before and I have to accept that. It is very, very difficult though. One day when I was a wreck, my husband put his foot down and said, “You MUST call in sick… I’m not going to let you go to work like this.” I ended up asking to work from home and that one day of no commute/no office really helped me get through that week.
I’ll be 13 weeks tomorrow and I’m really hoping I start feeling better soon! I do think I’ve had a little bit more energy the past week or two and I haven’t been throwing up as much (though still nauseous).
Good luck to you! I hope you start feeling better sooner rather than later! No matter how hard this is, I know it will be totally, 100% worth it!
Post # 7
I’m having trouble getting thru work as well. I’m eight weeks. I just try to do the best I can. I hope the previous 51/2 years of hard work help me during this time of lesser productivity. I’m also hoping for a better second trimester.
Post # 8
It was incredibly tough in the beginning to stay awake, let alone trying to concentrate. I feel for you! I’m not as distracted in my third trimester, but my pregnancy brain is absolutely taking over. Work is very important for me as well, and I need my brain. I, too feel guilty sometimes that I’m not working to my full potential. I’m doing the best I can though, and keep reminding myself of that. If there were a place I could take a short nap during the day, it would be soooo much easier.
Post # 9
I feel your pain. I am a high school teacher and the first few months were terrible. They were especially bad because I could not reveal my pregnancy. I was nauseous and exhausted all the time. I reccommend having lots of snacks and beverages around. I needed a snack every few hours to stay focused and to ease the nausea. Also, if it gets bad go to the doctor. I was on an anti nausea prescription for a while that saved my life. I am 20 weeks now and I am doing much better. Nausea still comes once in a while and I am still anxious, but I am coping better. You can do this. Follow all the advice of these great Bees and you will be OK.
Post # 10
Yes keep lots of water and snacks on hand. I also found the chewing gum and a piece of hard candy would help. You’ll find a new pace to work. You’ll notice to that the housework gets put on the back-burner. Unless your hubby does it for you. Mine is gone 3-4 days a week so he helps when he’s home but the rest of the time it is awful. Save your energy for work and don’t worry with housework. I noticed for me that I get tired around 2pm. So I try to do important mind task things in the morning when I’m freshest and then in the afternoon I do the easy tasks.
Post # 11
thanks for all the awesome advice and inspiration and for sharing your stories as well! i’m definitely trying to take it a day at a time….1 thing for sure that some of you suggested – i’m gonna have to keep more snacks and drinks at my desk, for sure! maybe that will be the one huge difference that makes it a bit more easier at my job…who knows…we shall see! 🙂
Post # 12
@MamaHusky3: I definitely feel your pain!! I’m five weeks along. I’m THRILLED of course, but I am having SUCH a hard time making it through the work days. It’s particularly hard, because I tend to be a BIG coffee drinker! lol. My thoughts are with you today and the rest of the week! We can get through it! 🙂