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Readers Respond: How did you handle a pregnancy while dealing with other kids?

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Updated January 06, 2010

During your first pregnancy you have it easy and you don't even know it. You feel tired, you go take a nap. You're too tired to cook, you don't make dinner. But when there are other children around, you can't just go lay in bed for hours on end. Your toddler doesn't care that you have morning sickness or can barely keep your eyes open. So what's a mom to do? Share Your Advice

kids while prego

My child can be a handfull my advice is have a baby sitter or day care at least once a week one day for you rela and take it easy;)
—Guest kay

mum of 6 and 35wks pregnant

so im expecting in another 5wks and lately ive been feeling tired, angry, and stressed, im finding it hard to cope now as my partner has just started full time work, some days i find myself wanting to cry because my kids just refuse to listen i love them but lately they have been very stressfull to handle on my own, kinda harder that i have to cook and clean pay bills do the children and not to mention doing everything with a huge belly in front. can anybody suggest any advice?
—Guest overtired mum

Exhausted

Im 38 weeks with second - my husband works away 4 weeks on 1 week off! I feel like I'm wishing the days away. I look forward to climbing into bed at night from the minute I wake up in the morning. Anyways..:I have 3 and a half year old daughter who is a very busy little girl. I find that just sitting down with her doing lots of activities through the day helps. Today, we have done about 6 cotton bud paintings, we have played with playdough, made mud pie in the sandpit, thrown the ball back and forth to each other whilst I sat on my fit ball out side. And now, my favourite game....doctors and hospitals. I'm the patient. Laying on the couch pretending to have two broken legs. So I've tricked her into thinking I can't move. Lol. Hopefully this game last a while so I can just lay here and rest my aching body. My daughter currently bandaging my legs and pretending to give me medicine. Of course my house is a mess right now, but that's not important. My daughter is amused so that's ok. :-
—Guest Katie

Need advice fast!

There is a lot of talk about being pregnant with young children. What about being pregnant at 35 for the fourth time with a teenager at home! The back talk, the complaining, the selfishness, the lack of understanding for a woman in my condition & the constant bickering & bossyness with younger siblings! I am at my wits end & I am worried about all the stress it is causing me. I have tried reasoning and explaining my fears to my teen. I have tried rewards for jobs well done. I have tried punishing by taking away the iPod, pc, tv. But to no avail, apparently I am the problem and I have too many expectations... Like cleaning ones room once a week, the occasional help with dishes & taking out the garbage. This all seems like a lot to ask I guess. Thinking back to my own childhood with two parents working fulltime shift-work, I remember having a great many more responsibilities and never being indulged to complain or speak to my parents the way I get spoken to. Can anyone offer any advice
—Guest FalconsMama

BABIES

i have an 18 month old daughter and am currently pregnant with baby number two. I JUST dont know what to expect. I ALREADy feel sleepy and tired AND IM only 6 weeks. ANY ADVICE ON HOW I CAN DO THIS. MY HUSBAND AND I ARE CLUELESS TO WHAT TI EXPECT THIS TIME AROUND
—Guest babies

single mom of 1yr old and and preg again

Im not sure what to do every ones giving me advise but its not what i wana hear i don no what to do i need advise if i had a partner or fsmily help it would be easyer i think
—Guest kaitlyn

sleep is all I need but can't

I have a 2 year old very busy body, I'm 39weeks. With baby number 2 my hubby works monday 2 monday, I'm always on my feet I don't have any help I feel so alone, n I'm just crying cause of that
—Guest crying

13 weeks pregnant mummy of 2

my husband works away all week long and is only home weekends he works in a different city and can only get home weekends as we dont have a car so train is the only option im 21 years old we have 4 year old and 21 month old daughters i am exhausted ! i only get a brake on saturdays because on sundays we have church its the 6 week summer holidays and im about to blow a fuse im so so tired and ill i praise mothers who have done this before me it is so difficult especially with my husband being away all week long i the kids wake around 7 or 8 am i go and do breakfast they eat then its wash time then dressed and they have run of the house i never have time to rest ever but i guess i have to get used to it because its only going to get harder when our 3rd is born i always make sure my children are in bed for 7 holidays or school days even weekends same bed time no matter what that way i get a little break in the evening for a few hours to take my bath and cook for myself
—Guest jess adewole

fighting a court case

Im pregnant i have a six year old and a three year old and fighting a very (VERY) stressful court case with my son. A year ago he told me his real father had been sexually abusing him on visitations. On top of that we've (me and husband and kids) moved three hundred miles away where i know know one ( no friends or support). I have family to help us here but ive NEVER met any of them. How to cope? Idk
—Guest sara

fighting a court case

Im pregnant i have a six year old and a three year old and fighting a very (VERY) stressful court case with my son. A year ago he told me his real father had been sexually abusing him on visitations. On top of that we've (me and husband and kids) moved three hundred miles away where i know know one ( no friends or support). I have family in the law to help us here but ive NEVER met any of them. How to cope? Idk
—Guest sara

have 18 mnths old, 7 mnths old and 3 wks

I'm scared of how to tell my hubby that we are preg again. This is my 3rd and his 5th child. I'm tired already n have a running tummy n fatigue.
—Guest guest Mickey

30 weeks pregnant & with a 11 month old

I am 30 weeks pregnant and my son will be 1 on august its very stressful and tayering at the same time i try to also keep.my cool when he is craby some times i get really mad not at him of corse my hormones kick in im hoping it gets better
—Guest cherry

7 month pregnant and have a 20 month old

I just dont know how to handle this immense pressure anymore. I have a 20 month old son whose is just so full on and very cheeky (naughty) I feel like im at my whits end and just dont know how to cope anymore. My partner works away and only comes back now and then for a few days to a week if im lucky. I just need some advice or someone to talk to. Im just so sad :( thanks
—Guest emzz

pregnant with no:3

have 2 girls,one 2&half and 8 mnths, everything is routine.The bg 1 give the trouble, always running away to go by 1 of her aunt or uncle.When she don't I relax inside watching Dora.Try it, it is entertaining but it give you a headache hearing it whole day.The baby is always sleeping or watching t.v. she don't give trouble. It is amazing to watch how close the 2 girls are,hoping 4 the boy next.
—Guest Samantha

15 weeks with #4 and 3 other Children

I am 15 weeks pregnant with three other children ages 5,4,2. I can get a little rest in the day time because my 5 year old is at school all day and my 2 girls are pretty much mindful of me. I feed them breakfast and let them have independent play and watch their favorite morning programs such as Team Oomi Zoomi, Dora and Bubble Guppies. At that time I do have time to relax and lay down again. Around noon I fix lunch and have playtime with them and wait for my son to come home. I give them another activity and prep dinner even if its just a hearty salad with veggies galore, meat, eggs and cheese. By that time my husband comes in from work and he tells me to go rest. It is a way around everything. Even if I am feeling bad I still keep pushing don't have a choice when your husband works long hours. I can say I am blessed to have him and that he is a great father.
—Guest Jessica

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