Pregnancy is certainly the most joyous time in a woman’s life, but you have a career to attend to, being pregnant at work can also be a little challenging. Despite the fatigue, morning sickness, and swollen feet, most women are not in a position financially to take a sabbatical or even frequent rest days from work.
But with a little care and precaution, you can make yourself comfortable at work and continue with a healthy pregnancy. Here are some tips to ensure that your time at work is comfortable and healthy.
- Eat Right
Nausea and sickness are the most common complaints during the first trimester. Eating light and taking small, frequent meals will help curb the nausea and keep you more energized through the day. Make sure you eat lots of fiber and drink plenty of water to prevent constipation, which can become a major source of discomfort.
- Make Adjustment at Work
If your work requires you to stand for long hours, you may end up feeling fatigued easily. Prolonged standing will also cause your feet to swell and put you at a risk for developing unsightly varicose veins. Speak to your colleagues and see if you can exchange certain duties.
For example, you could handle a major chunk of their desk work, while they could do the running around for you. You have the right to refuse to lift heavy weights, work in a toxic environment, or to do any other activity that is hazardous to your growing baby.
- Get Adequate Exercise
On the other hand, if you have a sedentary job, take some minutes out of your routine to walk around the office and stretch a little. Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible. This will boost your blood circulation and keep you comfortable.
- Dress Sensibly
Since you will be expanding in all dimensions, it helps to keep your clothing loose and breathable. Hormonal changes will often leave you feeling flustered and sweating and tight clothes will only add to your woes.
Comfortable clothing need not be dull and dreary. You can pick smart and feminine maternity dresses or get some tailor-made tunics and team them up with stretch bottoms. When it comes to shoes, choose flats or ones that have a small, comfortable heel. High-heels are not advisable in pregnancy.
- Make Workplace Changes
It is important to bring about changes in your workplace to keep up with the changes that your body is undergoing. Use an ergonomic chair that adequately supports your back. If your office cannot provide one for you, consider getting your own.
A slightly raised platform or a stool under your table will allow you to put your feet up and relieve the pressure off them. Using an essential oil diffuser with energizing scents like citrus will keep you feeling positive and lively.
- Avoid Stress
Even a pregnant woman is unlikely to get any respite from domestic and official duties. Don’t let these weigh heavily on your mind. Prioritize your tasks and hire help if you feel pressed for time. Leading a stressed life is the worst thing you can do for your baby’s health and development.
Practice yoga, meditations and deep breathing exercises when you have some spare time at work and indulge yourself with a massage or spa treatment over the weekends.
What was your experience as a pregnant working woman? Do share the tips and resources that helped you cope.
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