Hi this is Manami . I welcomed my first baby in mid January and I thought I’d share my experience of being pregnant and being lash artist before my memory fades :)
All pregnancy is different and might not be so helpful for everyone but thought it’d be quite interesting to hear for some ladies especially working lash artists😉
My intention and plan till due date .
I was finger crossing not to have morning sickness 😂
Work as long as I can / work till I can’t
physically lashing !
Stopped lashing around 6-7 weeks before due date, why ? Continue reading 😉
Early stage of my pregnancy - Lockdown
All I felt this time was sleepy .
I need to rest and sleep during daytime and go to bed early at night .
couldn’t help but sleeping !!
I needed to adjust my working schedule at home slightly as my body requires rest !!
1st trimester - Lockdown
Luckily I did not have much morning sickness , I did have no difficulty working at home, Recording videos, doing PC work was absolutely fine .
If I had to work in salon, I would not have any problem doing so :)
2nd trimester - salon is open
Lashing, teaching was no Problem at all !
In covid situation obviously pregnant women is classed as high risk group, so I was very careful .
I only work on the day no other team member was working . (Less contact with ppl)
Size of My Baby bump = not big at all (not much weight gain neither, about 1-2kg)
I could easily lash clients as usual 💪🏻
3rd trimester - lockdown + salon
I continued to work from home in lockdown.
when we allowed to open our salon door I was Lashing clients and m I had no problem working :)
But in salon work, I had enough time in between clients to make sure I have some time to relax and do a bit of stretch. Also I need 🚽 very often(during lashing too) so I make suite to have extra time :)
other than that I stayed very active .
Size of my baby bump = Minimal, but My baby was growing fine . (2-3kg)
6-7weeks before due date (decision time)
I had been absolutely doing fine with my pregnancy.
My weight gain was minimal, no sickness, and being active as much as I could .
Doing yoga as well .
But finally at this stage (6-7weeks before due date)
I started to suffer from bad numbness, ache and swollen on my both hands and some fingers .
I had to make decisions to stop lashing at this stage .
I was struggling holding a pen, chopsticks 🥢 and of course tweezers .
This was unexpected... I have heard many pregnancy women experiences in feet swelling but never know this could happened to our hands !!!
Throughout my pregnancy I did work .
till the day I have been admitted in hospital (emergency) I was working from home .
but for lashing I needed to stop 6-7weeks before .
The size of my baby bump was not a problem for me but the hands numbness , aching and swollen was !
Every pregnancies are different but I thought I would love to share my experience and give an idea to fellow lash artist , as I did not have any clues how I work around with my work and pregnancy .
In the end I worked our pretty well and my team and clients were so supportive and understanding which I appreciate a lot 🥰
I guess My weight gain was minimal so this helped me throughout pregnancy :) I did not go on a diet but I was just simply eating healthy and being active 😉👍
but the most important thing is to listen to your body needs, don’t push yourself to work if you feel tired or sick , don’t overdo things !