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Things To Consider When Working During Your Pregnancy

By Tammy Schoreder

Not everyone can afford to stay at home during the course of their pregnancy. For some, the income from their job is an essential component for making ends meet. For others, giving up a long-established career may be an unappealing option. For these and other reasons, millions of women continue to work while pregnant – some, up until a few days prior to their delivery date. It’s a decision that should not be taken lightly.

As you enter your third trimester, you’ll tire more quickly. You’ll also confront a number of other challenges, such as an increasing lack of coordination and balance. With these things in mind, it’s worth reviewing some of the additional hurdles you may experience as you work throughout your pregnancy.

The Effects Of A Physically Demanding Job

A lot of jobs place demands on the body that can have a negative effect on your pregnancy. For example, you may be required to stand for long periods of time; you might be forced to lift heavy objects; or you may need to move your body in ways that are increasingly difficult given your growing stomach and diminishing agility. These physical demands can cause high blood pressure, early contractions, and even a premature delivery.

If possible, ask coworkers to swap responsibilities with you as your due date draws closer. Try to spend more time sitting down; reduce the number of hours you’re in the office; take an occasional vacation day to catch your breath and rest your body. If you can afford to do so, start your maternity leave a week early. You’ll do yourself and your baby a world of good by giving your body an opportunity to prepare for childbirth.

Coping With Morning Sickness At The Office

While some pregnant women somehow manage to sidestep the nausea and vomiting that are characteristic of morning sickness, most will experience it. Plan for it. Keep a few washcloths in your desk drawer. Make sure you have a toothbrush and mouthwash available.

Also, keep in mind that morning sickness hits each person a little differently. If your nausea is especially severe and persistent, inform your manager that you’re pregnant. That way, you can work out a plan that accommodates your condition while ensuring your boss you’ll finish your work in a timely manner.

Preserving Your Professionalism As Your Body Grows

Many pregnant women talk about their condition openly with their coworkers and managers. But doing so may be a bad idea depending on how they perceive your pregnancy and its effect on your job performance. If they are less than supportive, speaking openly and often about it may cause them to discount your professionalism.

Your mind will wander during your pregnancy. This is normal. You will also feel the ravages of fatigue as you enter your third trimester. This, too, is normal. Rather than sharing your challenges with your coworkers, try to take frequent breaks during which you can rest in private.

Working In Comfort

Remaining comfortable is critical to being able to perform your job effectively as your due date approaches. First, invest in high-quality maternity clothes that are appropriate for the office. They’ll accommodate your growing body while helping you maintain your professional image.

Second, invest in comfortable shoes without heels. Your feet will likely swell; make sure they have room to do so. If your feet feel constricted, your mood – and likely, your job performance – will suffer.

Third, keep your body hydrated and well-nourished throughout the day. Have a constant source of water nearby, and take as many bathroom breaks as needed.

Working through your third trimester will be much easier if you implement our suggestions above. Listen to your body and make whatever changes are necessary to remain healthy, rested, and prepared for your coming due date.

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Schoreder, Tammy "Things To Consider When Working During Your Pregnancy." Things To Consider When Working During Your Pregnancy. 22 Jun. 2010. 4 Dec 2014 <>.

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Schoreder, T (2010, June 22). Things To Consider When Working During Your Pregnancy. Retrieved December 4, 2014, from

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