For a lady working while pregnant, it’s not as easy as some women make it seem. However it’s advisable to know how to deal with symptoms and stay healthy as well as getting your job done.
Though most women can continue with their daily office work during pregnancy, being pregnant may pose numerous challenges at your workplace. So if you want to stay safe and productive during working hours, its best to understand how to eliminate some prevalent pregnancy discomforts and know when to take a break.
The morning sickness, which involves feeling nausea and vomiting, can come knocking any time without an announcement. In order to avoid the morning sickness, avoid anything that will trigger the nauseating feeling. Stay away from the office kitchen or the coffee/latte corner.
Snacking often on the right kind of snacks can help curb any nauseous feeling. Try snacking more on crackers, plain foods and ginger tea.
Fatigue is another challenge when it comes to being pregnant and it’s more prominent when you have work to do. It comes with the feeling of tiredness, due to the fact that your pregnant body works overtime. Take short breaks; spend some minutes with your eyes closed and your legs raised to recharge your body. Also consume foods rich in iron and protein, as iron deficiency results to fatigue. Foods rich in iron are green vegetables, poultry, seafood, whole-grain, and beans just to mention a few.
It can never be over emphasized; water makes a whole lot of difference. Make sure you keep yourself hydrated all day, drink lots of water and keep a water bottle by your side.
Cutting back on activities can help you get more rest when your work for the day ends. Try making your daily task easy by getting easier means of fulfilling them.
Engaging in physical activities can enhance your energy level and if you have a sedentary job, take a walk after working hours for some minutes. Though exercising is the least of your worries, it’s actually not a bad idea for your health, as long as your doctor says it’s okay.
Ensure that you end your day early, try your best to get seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Rest on your right side, in order not to hinder blood circulation to your baby and to reduce swelling. You can place a soft pillow under your tummy or between your legs.
Know your rights, review your company’s policy on maternity leave and find how other women who were pregnant at your workplace, went about their maternity leave. Before you take your maternity leave, you need to state out the details of your leave; tell your boss the date you’ll stop working and when you hope to resume. Also make a list of the tasks you’ll leave pending during your leave and suggest to your boss how the tasks can be sorted out by other workers.
Inform your boss earlier, if you plan on quitting after you deliver. This gives your boss plenty of time to get a replacement, and also enough time for you to finish up major tasks. Tell them when you intend to quit and offer your help during transition. Do the needful and make your bosses understand that your baby and family mean a lot to you.
Oftentimes, being pregnant can feel like a full-time job, which can be quite challenging since you already have a full-time job — the type that needs you to be at your desk and be productive. We hope this little advice will assist you in dealing with major challenges that results from being pregnant and working.
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