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My entrepreneurial journey has been quite an interesting one, as I’m sure most entrepreneur’s journey are. Its a hard industry to be in, and it can be even more challenging depending on your niche and the products and services you offer. When you add life to the mix, especially something like pregnancy, a whole other level of challenge enters the playing field. There are so many things that change, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally when you go through a pregnancy, and things change not just for the 9 (or 10 ?) months that a woman is pregnant, they change forever.
I’m sharing today, exactly how my current pregnancy has affected my entrepreneurial journey. I’ll be discussing the ups and downs, trials and tribulations, and my overall experience with pregnancy and entrepreneurship in the most transparent way that I can. I hope that if you’re in a similar situation, you take away the fact that you’re not alone and that there is someone out there that you can relate to. If you’re thinking about starting a family now or in the near future, I hope this post gives you some insight into what you may face when you take on that endeavor and that it gives you some ways to be more prepared and set your business up to handle such a big transition.
One of the main things about pregnancy that has affected my entrepreneurial journey has been the fact that it’s limited the amount of time I have to work in my business. My time was already limited with being a mother to a busy toddler, but when I became pregnant I quickly realized that my time was more limited than ever. I could no longer stay up to the wee hours of the morning or skip breakfast or lunch to work.
In being pregnant, I have to take care of myself which means getting proper sleep, rest, and eating well. Given that I’m already taxed on a daily basis with my mom duties to one, being pregnant exacerbated things, because well, my body is working hard to grow another human being. This means that all of the things that I can normally do in 5 minutes, now take me 15 or 20. When you add in the nausea and constantly feeling tired, it makes focusing that much harder.
My Pregnancy Health Regimen
Fortunately, as I did with my first pregnancy, I implemented a regimen early on to help with cope with these stressors and stay healthy. No, they don’t completely eradicate the stressors, but they do give my body what it needs to support a healthy pregnancy and grow a healthy baby. In addition, my pregnancy heath regimen helps to give me the energy I need to still run my business. It includes Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal, 180 Capsules, Carlson Super Omega-3, 100 + 30 Softgels, and Nature’s Way Red Raspberry Leaves , 450 mg, 100 Capsules. Each one serves a different purpose, but all work together to keep my mind and body on track.
There is no way I would have to been to get along with things as normally as possible without giving my body these extra nutrients. Something new I implemented this pregnancy that I didn’t do with my first, was to take the Premama Powdered Prenatal Vitamin Drink Mix. Prior to this pregnancy, I’d only vaguely heard of Premama Essentials and wasn’t sure that it was something I really needed in my regimen. Thankfully, I was given the opportunity try them out risk free and I’m glad I did.
I’ve very selective of what I take and do while pregnant, and I definitely didn’t want anything to effect my ability to get work done. The Premama Essentials was easy to seamlessly implement into my regimen and I didn’t have any adverse effects. I was sent the flavorless version of the product, which was great, because when I added it to my favorite juice (an easy stir) I didn’t haven’t have to worry about tasting some awkward flavor. This was crucial, because during pregnancy my taste buds change dramatically and my poor palette just can handle too rich of or strong flavors.
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The Business Side of Things
As much as pregnancy requires a regimen, so does business in order to remain consistent.
Consistency is such a huge part of running a successful business, that when it doesn’t exist in it, sets it up for failure.
I didn’t want my business to fall by the wayside while pregnant, because its my dream and something that outside of being a wife and mom, I’m so passionate about. It was important to me when I found out I was pregnant to still grow my business, even if it was at a slow rate.
I knew from the jump that my momentum would slow down, and as late pregnancy has approached, it had nearly come to a halt. At the time of this post, I am 38w2d…which means I can have this little guy or girl any day now. This also means that my ability to work and do at the same pace has changed significantly. Even though I know these things, it still been a hard reality to accept. I’m such a go, go, go person that having something stop me almost completely in my tracks in extremely uncomfortable, and I’ve struggled to accept it.
Working Through Challenge & Discomfort
The funny thing about pregnancy is that it doesn’t care if you are uncomfortable…and neither does entrepreneurship.
Its probably the one thing they both have in common that we as people have little control over. In business we will always encounter situations that take us out of our comfort zone, stop us in our tracks, or just plain out flip our lives upside down. Pregnancy is much of the same way!
Early in pregnancy I took advantage of not feeling overly horrible, but once I got closer to the second trimester things got real. As I dealt with appetite issues, being sleepy all the time, and a slew of other issues, I channel much of my energy in my business. I spent the bulk of my time on education and content creation, although I do wish I would have spent more of it on product creation and brand strategy for my business. At the end of the day, I know I have to give myself some grace and that I at least did some work and accomplished some of my goals during such a challenging time. Its about pressing forward and fighting through, and that’s exactly what I’ve had to do.
The Journey is Real
My entrepreneurial journey hasn’t been ideal, and honestly I don’t think that anyone’s is. Pregnancy and being a mom in general has made it all the more challenging, but its been all worth it. My family will always come first, but my business will play a huge role in what I’m able to provide for them. Pregnancy has put so many things in perspective for me relatively quickly as a business owner, however I think that it makes me a better business-owner. The discipline and diligence that I’ve had to exercise in pregnancy will most definitely benefit me in running a business.
If you’re in a similar place in your life as I am, you understand! If you’re not, I sincerely hope this post has given you at the very least a glimpse into what life is like while being pregnant and being an entrepreneur. I’ve had to make it a point to not let one hold the other back, and to use the energy from both in a way that benefits me as a whole. Its hard, very hard, but again its worth it!
Have you ever had to balance two huge things in your life simultaneously? – How did you work through it and foster consistency and success?