When I was pregnant I managed to do most things on my own. Even after I was labeled high-risk, it felt easier to take on whatever was needed instead of asking for help. For me, asking for assistance was humiliating, only because I rarely receive it anyway. In the end, I'd rather save face and get through the nine months on my own. There's a lot of other things I was afraid to ask for during my pregnancy, too, and for similar reasons. While it sounds pretty damn depressing and isn't meant to deter those who want to have babies from procreating, for me, pregnancy usually meant either going without or doing things myself.
Pregnancy with my youngest didn't go much differently, honestly and unfortunately. If anything, the pregnancy was more dangerous — I was put on bed rest — but I found that people were less inclined to help because it was my second pregnancy. It was beyond frustrating. All the requests that yielded little results trained me into believing my needs weren't worthy. So, eventually, I just stopped asking. With that in mind, and because I truly hope pregnant women the world over don't believe themselves to be less than worthy of all the help and support they need, here's some things I was too afraid to ask during my pregnancy that, in hindsight, I should've demanded.