Are you expecting and hoping to find flexible work? Are you wondering how you’re going to hustle for an income when you’re busy growing an entirely new human being? I’m here to tell you that it can be done. And there's no better place to turn when looking for jobs for pregnant women than online. Dive into my guide and recommendations below as seriously as you’re reading those baby books and you’ll be prepared for working from home while pregnant in no time.
Finding the Right Job as a Pregnant Woman
Depending on which trimester you’re in, just finding a comfortable position to work in can be frustrating. Whatever type of work you do, comfort is key – it lets you focus on the job at hand.
Get creative with finding the best position to work in. If sitting in a regular office chair doesn’t let you get close enough to your desk to work, try using an exercise ball – it allows you to sit lower and helps you strengthen your core, which is great for everyone but can also help you prepare for delivery. If you’re trying to work from the couch, embrace pillows – use pillows to support your lower back and elbows, and put your laptop on a TV tray or rolling table. You can even use breastfeeding pillows (like My Brest Friend) as a makeshift laptop support. (If you’re worried about laptop radiation, get a product like DefenderPad that shields you from EMF radiation.)
Most comfortable on the couch but don’t have a laptop? Try hooking your computer up to your TV and making it a big-screen monitor. Then you can work from the couch with a wireless keyboard (get one with a trackpad and you don’t have to worry about a wireless mouse as well).
Tools for Success
Having the right tools is instrumental in making you comfortable and ensuring you can work with efficiency and minimal interruption – as I outlined in finding the right position above. Here are some things that can really help you get settled in for your remote work while you’re pregnant:
- The right desk. If you want to invest in new furniture, get an adjustable height desk or an Air Desk to make this easier on you.
- The right place to sit. Exercise balls are great, as mentioned above – use them to fit under your desk, strengthen your abdominal and back muscles, and keep your pelvis tilted downward in a comfortable position.
- Make sure you have a healthy selection of snacks within reach once you sit down to work so the only thing you have to get up for is using the bathroom.
- Hydration is key, so make sure you’ve got an enormous water bottle and it’s at hand.
- A partner. If your partner (or another family member) is home while you’re working, ask them to be on step-and-fetch-it duty if you run out of snacks or need a reference book from a bookshelf. Bonus points to them if they refill your water bottle without asking.
Online Jobs for Pregnant Women
Writing is one of those jobs that gives you ultimate flexibility in your schedule – you don’t have to be on a clock, anchored in place until your shift ends. Instead, you write where and when you want so long as you make your deadlines. There are also several different paths to making money as a writer – you can sell your services to a content-generation company (like Scripted), pitch and write articles for various publications (here’s my 101 on freelance writing), or even write your own books (whether you have a traditional publishing deal or plan to self-publish on Amazon Kindle).
Another job with fantastic flexibility. As a blogger, you set your own deadlines, too. One of the best things about blogging is that you get to choose whatever you’re passionate about and make it the focus of your blog. (Note: some subjects will be more likely to succeed and provide an income than others, so do your research.) While you build your audience and mailing list, you can start monetizing your blog through affiliate marketing and ads. Check out this post on how to start a blog.
3. Short Burst Customer Service
There are a bunch of customer service jobs available for work-at-home folks, but you probably don’t want to be tied to your desk for multi-hour shifts when you’re pregnant. Look for customer service gigs that schedule you in short blocks or include regular opportunities for breaks. Consider Liveops (which offers scheduling in 30-minute blocks) or chat jobs like Apple at Home which could be more lenient in giving you a break between chat sessions – long enough to get to the bathroom, anyway.
If your home is quiet (i.e., you don’t have other kids underfoot all day) and you can type fast, transcription could be a great remote job for you. The pay tends to be low at the start, but it’s a career that offers specialization areas (like medical and legal transcription) to increase your earnings. Check out my 23 Transcription Jobs post where work-at-home beginners are welcome.
5. Virtual Assistant
This one’s great because you can either start it as your own independent business or work for one of the established VA companies that are out there. It’s easy to do this one part-time, or take on just as many clients as you can handle – giving you enough time to cope with frequent bathroom breaks or pregnancy brain. Visit my post on how to become a virtual assistant.
Did you major in English in college? Are you the friend who everyone asks to proofread their résumé? That could translate into a remote gig. Much like writing, you can provide editing and proofreading services at your own pace so long as you’re hitting your deadlines. This is another job you can do as a freelancer directly with your own clients, or you can become an independent contractor with a service like Scribendi. Learn more about these positions in my posts “How Can I Get an Editing Job from Home?” and “Online Proofreading Jobs for Beginners.”
7. Social Media Moderators
These folks help keep the Internet a more civil place, and it’s a work-from-home gig that shouldn’t be incompatible with needing frequent breaks. You can work with companies like ModSquad, choose the projects you work on, and set your own hours. Be aware that work can be inconsistently available, though. Learn more about social media management here.
8. Search Engine Evaluator
Like moderation above, these positions won’t demand you be anchored to your desk for large, uninterrupted portions of time. You have the freedom of time management, so long as you fulfill the objectives of the work you’re given as directed. These positions are intermittently available as above and contracts don’t always renew, so it may be best combined with other work-from-home gigs like transcription and website testing.
9. Website Testing
There are several companies out there that will pay you to test websites, apps, and even UI (that’s User Interface, which means the look and mechanics of how you interact with a program). You can’t make full-time money here, but you can make $10 for 20 minutes of your time and it’s really easy. You just complete a series of tasks on a website or app and record your thoughts by either speaking out loud as your screen is recorded or by writing a brief report when you’re done. Work is intermittent and availability of tests depends on your demographics.
Do you have something to teach? Whether you’d love to teach English as a Second Language or have in-demand skills that you can turn into a paid online class, you can either create your own schedule or have semi-flexibility within a set timeframe. If you’re teaching kids English through a service like Cambly, you have to be available when the kids are to learn. But if you decide to create a Udemy course, for example, it’s all you on when you record your lessons and get them up to earn you money. Visit my post on everything you need to know about Online Teaching Jobs.
Build Passive Income
A note on passive income: have you heard of it? In order to earn passive income, you develop materials or products that you can set up and then leave alone – they continue to earn you an income without your active participation.
If you are able, building passive income early in your pregnancy is great because it’ll take some pressure off of you when you’re closer to term and if you’re having a rough go of it in your third trimester. It’ll also help provide for you when the baby’s arrived and you’re sleep-deprived.
As a writer, you can create passive income by writing books – fiction and nonfiction – and having them up for sale via your website or on a service like Amazon Kindle. As a blogger, you can create materials or courses for your readers to purchase according to your topic – so maybe you’re a mommy blogger and you write a short guide to working with kids at home. Or you’ve created a teaching course that you’re selling through Skillshare – once you’ve created all the videos and lessons, you can reap a passive financial reward.
Need more ideas for building passive income streams? Here are 25 of them.
Feel more confident about working from home while pregnant? I hope you do. Drop into the comments with any questions you might have, or just to share your own experiences working while expecting with other remote workers who are pregnant right now. Everyone needs a little help sometimes.