Successfully blogging when you’re pregnant can easily be done if you know the right things to do. This article will share with you practical blogging tips to maintain a successful blog when pregnant (shared by someone who has been there before).
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Starting a blog is a HUGE leap of faith and has the potential to change your life. Starting (or maintaining) a blog when you’re pregnant is another adventure by itself.
I know everyone who starts a blog does so for a different reason. For me, I never had the intention of being a blogger and diving into the online world.
This adventure came because of my “50 Freezer Meals: Easy Dinners for the Busy Family” cookbook. After submitting my manuscript and having the publishing company send me a contract, they also told me I would need a blog.
I didn’t have to do anything with it (is what they said), but, practical me, if I’m going to spend money on something, you better believe I’m going to use it. (You can check out the cookbook story and the beginnings of Home Faith Family.com HERE).
With that being said, the question remains, how do you successfully blog when you’re pregnant?
Well, with three children and after a lot of experience, I’ll share with you what has worked for me with each trimester and hopefully share a few laughs along the way.
How to Successfully Blog When You’re Pregnant
1st Trimester Tips
Ah, the excitement of finding out you’re pregnant. Yay! Confetti!!!
Being pregnant is an exciting time. Your world is going to change. My children are the craziest bunch of drunken pirates I cannot imagine my life without.
However, 1st trimester has its excitements and challenges. Like the fact that you may end up in the bathroom with morning sickness for the first few months (in the extreme cases).
So, how are you suppose to blog when you alter your time between being in the bathroom and hiding your face in a pillow as you nibble on ginger cookies to help your tummy feel better?
The solution is to blog when you can.
Not every day is going to be ridiculously hard, but you need to remember, your body is going through some pretty incredible changes.
If you have an email list, share this exciting news with your fans so they can support you during this time.
Another idea to consider is to alter your editorial calendar. So, instead of doing 3 – 5 posts a week, you may want to do 1 post until you’re feeling a bit better.
If you can, hire out someone to help with your social media (or perhaps find a student looking for an unpaid internship).
Above all, remember that your health (and the health of your baby) is more important. Take care of yourself first, and the basic necessities of your blog when you can.
On a side note, if you don’t have to worry about morning sickness and you feel great your 1st trimester, I envy you. You are now a walking, magical pregnant unicorn woman.
You have no idea how lucky you are.
2nd Trimester Tips
2nd trimester is always my favorite because you don’t look huge and you no longer feel like Oscar the Grouch who ate a bad piece of banana bread.
You actually feel human again! Yay! (More confetti!)
Please, please, please take advantage of your 2nd trimester to schedule out posts and plan for the future for after you have your baby.
Truth be told, it wasn’t until our newborn was 3 – 6 months when I felt like I could go back to my normal routine. A great deal of what you’re going to be able to do after the baby is born depends on your baby and the schedule that’s established.
Again, focus on creating quality content to schedule for after the baby is born. It’s okay to pull back on how many posts you put out on your blog (going from 3 posts a week to 1).
3rd Trimester Tips
Your 3rd trimester you’re going to start feeling like a fat hippo that’s eaten a large dark chocolate cake with a garnish of cherries on top. Not just a piece of cake, but the whole thing!
Or at least that’s how I always felt.
You’re going to want to do a lot of cleaning and preparing for the baby (nesting, which I think is great). And you should.
Take this time to also do what you can to your blog and your business.
However, towards the end of your pregnancy, you’re going to want to do something completely against your working habits. You’re going to want to start taking it easy.
Also, sleep. Please for the love of everything wonderful about dark chocolate, please sleep and get your rest because sweetie, you’re going to need it.
Do yourself a favor and start making that transition from full-time blogger to part-time blogger going on maternity leave. (Hey, if you were working outside of home full-time then you’d be allowed up to 12 weeks according to FMLA law, so why not give yourself that time as well).
The way you’ll find your blog succeeding during your pregnancy is by doing what you can (when you can), planning ahead and hiring out when needed (or finding a student intern who wants to learn more about blogging).
No matter what you decide, I wish you the very best in all that you’re doing.
Did you blog when you were pregnant? Or perhaps you have little children to chase after? Leave a comment below and share what works well for you and your family.