Pregnant, With Housework to Do
Other Chores Better Done by Others
Ask your partner to do some chores that you really should avoid. You can say, "It's doctor's orders!" If your partner can't do it, hire a professional.
- Nursery painting. Pick the color, and then turn the job over to your partner or a contractor. Plan an outing or be at work when the job is in progress. Air out the house when the painting is complete. Feel free to step in when it's time to decorate.
- Filling the gas tank. Ask your partner to do the honors. Or splurge on full service where available.
- Heavy lifting. It's not in your "job description" during pregnancy, especially if you are at risk for preterm labor. If you've got furniture to move -- or are in the midst of a move to a new place -- ask your partner, relatives, or friends for help, or hire it out.