Let’s face it, working outside of the home while pregnant can present a range of challenging issues, from additional physical discomfort to unneeded stress and strain. There are many ways that you can ditch the office job and work from home while waiting for your new bundle to arrive.
During my last two pregnancies, I worked full-time while balancing the demands of pregnancy and little ones at home.
The stress of going to work was overwhelming, and I would often find myself fantasizing about how relieving it would feel to work from home. Thankfully there are a plethora of work-at-home jobs now available that allow pregnant women to work (did I mention in sweatpants?) from the comfort of their own homes!
Whether you’re transitioning out of your 9-to-5 in preparation for your maternity leave or you’re simply looking to increase your income before adding a new bundle to your home, you’ve come to the right place for finding the best work-at-home jobs for pregnant women.
Here are the best at-home jobs for pregnant women. Before diving into our list of jobs down below, check out a few tools to help make the transition easier, so you’re fully prepared for your new journey.
Now that you’re pregnant, you may find your tolerance level for uncomfortable situations is slowly dwindling. You’ve probably also noticed swings in your energy levels.
Knowing your own tolerance levels and prepping ahead of time will ensure that your surroundings are properly set up for work-at-home success while pregnant.
Below are a few of my favorite go-to items that are certain to help create a comfortable work environment while you’re pregnant.
These tools are:
- Comfort: Pillows to prop my feet when my ankles were the size of balloons
- Food: A stash of healthy snacks by my side (especially nutritious snacks for that needed energy boost)
- H2O: Water, water, and MORE water—hydration was my BFF… make sure it’s yours!
- Ergonomic Desk: Finding the right desk and chair to sit in for short periods (remember, even with the most comfortable chair, you might need to get up and walk around here and there to stretch and get the blood flowing)
Having just a few of the above items ready to go will help you to manage your time (no getting up and down for water, snacks, etc.), feel more comfortable, keep your energy levels up, and keep you focused on the job at hand.
Now that you’re prepped, you’re ready to dive into that work-from-home journey.
1. Blogging Jobs
Looking for a work-at-home position with phenomenal flexibility? Blogging is one of the most flexible work-at-home positions for pregnant moms! All you need is a computer and a stable internet connection.
Whether you’re working for a company writing weekly website content or creating blog posts for your own website, online content writing can offer a few ways to earn a significant income by blogging from home.
Here’s how you can get started with blogging.
Start a Blog
If you’re considering starting a blog, you should begin by reflecting on what you’re most passionate about. Do you love crafting? Perhaps you have a flair for fashion or a passion for personal finance. Whatever your focus, think about how you might develop it into a blog that would ultimately help others.
Another great benefit of building your blog while pregnant? Monetizing it! As you build your blog’s audience and list of email subscribers, you can begin to make money through affiliate marketing.
You can also step up your monetization game by creating opportunities to generate passive income. Creating products such as eBooks and courses are a great way to earn income during those first few hazy days of newborn bliss.
Starting a blog is an exciting way to earn money from home, but it requires some time and research. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered on all of that too, with our resources for starting a blog. Let us know if you have questions along the way!
Blogging for Businesses
Perhaps you want to get your “blogging feet wet” before diving into writing your own blog, which is the same path I chose. If you want to go in this direction, you can start by picking up clients and writing content for other bloggers and businesses.
The flexibility is still there, and with many companies seeking blog writers, you have a great chance of finding blog topics in which you’re interested. Depending on where you are in your pregnancy, your day-to-day schedule, and the need to make income, you might also be able to balance your blog while writing posts for other companies to increase your earning potential.
Below are some great spots to look for blogging opportunities at home:
- ProBlogger: Freelance job board for writers. Pay is generally by contract.
- Upwork: This job board includes a variety of freelance opportunities, including blogging and writing jobs. Pay is dependent upon the client but is typically per project. Upwork charges a small percentage per accepted project.
- Freelancer: This is an online marketplace that allows freelancers (writers and more) to bid on incoming projects.
- Fiverr: An online marketplace where freelancers can post writing gigs for potential clients to bid on or buy.
2. Virtual Assistant Jobs
This is one of the best jobs with flexible work hours for all of you expectant mamas out there.
Whether you start your own VA business and scale it or work part-time for one company, there’s a ton of room to grow in this industry. This online job is perfect for pregnant women because it gives you control over how many clients you take and allows you to set your own schedule, all while providing unlimited snacks and bathroom breaks!
And it’s in high demand, so it’s easy to scale into a full-time job anytime you want.
However, the best part about this growing field is that you can decide what area of virtual assisting on which you’d like to focus on. From being a Pinterest or social media VA (are you a social media manager who specializes in managing social media accounts?) or being an administrative VA (managing appointments, customer service calls, emails, etc.), there are many possibilities out there so you can find exactly what you want.
You can find job opportunities in many different places:
3. Website Testing
Testing websites is a fantastic opportunity for any work-at-home mom-to-be looking to add a little extra cash to their day. Usability testing allows you to test websites, apps, and user interfaces (the design and processes of how you interact with a program) so that businesses can provide an exceptional user experience for their customers.
This home job is perfect for those days when you’re packed with doctor’s appointments and staging your nursery because website testing can fit into any busy pregnant woman’s schedule. With several website testing opportunities available, you can also choose multiple sites per day to make more of an impact on your wallet.
Here are a few sites you can check out:
- Userbrain: Each project takes about 5 to 15 minutes and is as easy as speaking your thoughts about your experience. You earn $3 per test, and payments are made weekly.
- Userfeel: Register for an account, take a sample test, and after approval, you’ll be able to get paid to submit your thoughts regarding your experience on certain sites. You can earn $10 per test.
- Userlytics: You can interact with this platform on either your mobile device or computer! Provide feedback for websites, prototypes, applications, and more. Register for an account, test out a site, and get paid weekly via PayPal. Payouts range from $5-$90, depending on the testing you perform.
4. Online Teaching or Tutoring Jobs
Do you love to teach but don’t like the commute or the four walls of a classroom? Online teaching has made a massive impact in the field of education, and it continues to grow.
Whether you’d like to teach collegiate-level courses in math or science or engage English language learners from abroad, there is a range of options for pregnant women seeking to become online tutors and make a positive impact through teaching.
Some sites to check out for teaching opportunities are:
- BookNook: Help K-8 students boost their reading and math skills online; pay is $18 per hour.
- Cambly: Camby is an English tutoring website that allows you to help students practice their conversational English skills in a flexible learning environment.
- Course Hero: Answer home questions online; top tutors can earn up to $1,500 per month.
- Studypool: Another site where you can answer students’ homework questions online; earn up to $7,500 a month.
5. Transcription and Closed Captioning Jobs
A transcription job may be the perfect job for pregnant women! This job requires very little except maybe a comfy chair and a quiet workspace.
You must be comfortable working at a computer and should have a quick and accurate typing speed (most sites give a quick test to check in on the speed and accuracy of prospective employees).
Below we’ve highlighted a few different transcription companies you can check out:
- Rev: This is one of the more popular closed captioning sites. Positions on Rev include transcriptionist, captioner, subtitle, and translator positions.
- TransPerfect: This company specializes in translation services and looks like a fun place to work. They embrace the idea of mixing business with pleasure, and the overall company culture seems warm and inviting.
- 3Play Media This company hires freelance transcriptionists and English voice writers. To apply with 3Play Media, you’ll need excellent written communication skills and an excellent command of the English language.
If you’re still looking for additional information, check out this guide on transcription jobs and careers.
6. Be an Editor or Proofreader
I have a close friend whose husband constantly asks her to edit or proofread for him. From texts to emails and everything in between, she’s the go-to proofreader for her family, and she couldn’t be happier!
If you find pure joy in the proper use of commas, spelling, prepositional phrases, and every other aspect of English grammar, working from home as an editor or proofreader is the way to go.
This work-at-home job is perfect for expecting mamas because of the flexibility and brevity of each project (most proofreading and editing assignments are brief, but you can also find more long-term work). The only time constraints here are the deadlines set by your clients (which is similar to blogging).
Be mindful of how many clients you take on and ensure the work is completed promptly. Aside from deadlines, becoming an editor or proofreader offers the flexibility most pregnant mamas need!
Below are a few places to get you started on your editing and proofreading work:
Do you love all things Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or anything that involves networking with people? Becoming a social media moderator may be the best work-at-home job opportunity for you!
My own Pinterest VA business idea was rooted out of my slight obsession with the platform (I was on Pinterest more than ANYTHING else when my kiddos were in bed). After seeing how much time I was actually spending on the platform, I decided it would be a great opportunity for me to build a business from it, and you can do the same as a social media moderator.
Social media is now a MAJOR marketing component for most businesses, and because companies understand the value of being consistently active on social media, they’re hiring help! Being an online community manager, you’ll manage, moderate, create, and curate social media posts and accounts daily.
This work-from-home job is also perfect for all of you expectant mamas out there because it generally provides a steady source of income (you can set up a contract with your client for a fixed monthly price), and it’s something you can easily keep up with once baby arrives! Win-Win!
Here are some companies where you can find social media jobs:
8. Become a Bookkeeper
Are you good with numbers? Then a bookkeeping job might be an excellent fit for you. It provides ultimate work schedule flexibility and the ability to work part-time hours and make great money.
But, if numbers aren’t your thing, don’t let that hold you back because, with a little training in spreadsheets and Quickbooks (most courses are 3-6 months), you’ll learn everything you need to know.
Check out the free bookkeeping training classes to see if bookkeeping is a fit for you.
Bookkeepers make about $20-$60 per hour. Plus, you can be your own boss and work directly with your own clients, which is a total win!
Here are a few places to start when looking for remote bookkeeping jobs:
9. Graphic Design Jobs
If you have an eye for design and enjoy web design or creating things like ads, brochures, business logos, and more, graphic design at-home jobs could be a great career possibility for pregnant moms.
If you don’t have a degree in graphic design but have a heart for creativity, you can take an online course to learn the skills and techniques you need to know. Remote graphic designers can make $50K+ per year.
Learn more about how to work from home as a graphic designer and where to find job openings (hint: you can use many of the same sites already mentioned in this article).
Do you have a gift with words? Instead of writing blog posts or regular online content, you could write advertising copy. Bloggers and online businesses (big and small) all want help improving their sales copy to increase sales.
This field offers as much or as little work as you want to do to fit your schedule and changing circumstances (ex: taking time off when the baby arrives or scaling up when kids go to school).
Use the following sites to find copywriting clients, as well as the sites listed under blogging jobs.
Deciding What Job is Best for You
Every pregnancy, family, and financial situation is different. If you’re looking for a work-at-home position that allows greater flexibility with deadlines and more mobility during your pregnancy, then a blogging or virtual assistant job may be one of the best options for you!
On the other hand, if you have an open schedule during the day and would rather have a set number of hours to work, then online teaching or tutoring might be the avenue to check out.
No matter what you want, with a bit of searching, you can find a remote work option that works for you!
Finding a remarkably flexible work-at-home job while balancing pregnancy is no longer just for dreamers. With many work-at-home jobs available, you’re sure to find one that suits your pregnancy, family, and lifestyle – right up until your little one arrives!
Are you a pregnant mama just starting your work-at-home adventure? Do you already have experience working from home? Leave us any questions you might have, or share your experiences with working from home while expecting! We would love to hear from you!
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Originally published March 18, 2019. Content updated March 2023.
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