Working during pregnancy: Do's and don'ts
By Dr. Usha B.R, Consultant- Obstetrics and Gynecology, Apollo Cradle, Jayanagar and Koramangal
Whether you are working in an office or in a home, pregnancy is going to change everything for you. Taking care of yourself while managing work is easier said than done. But going on a positive note, if you could incorporate a few changes, then you could sail through pregnancy easily, working as well. Women are going through massive physical and emotional changes. There are some unavoidable challenges like headaches, morning sickness, pain, mood swings, etc. that might not work best for your working hours. So, if you are planning to work during your pregnancy, there are a few things that you should know. To help you with this, we have prepared a list of the Do’s and Don’ts of working during pregnancy:
- Eat frequently
When you are pregnant, you will be feeling as if you are hungry all the time. You have to eat for you and your baby. So, when you come to the office, bring healthy, small snacks with you. This includes fruits, meals, salads, dry fruits, etc. To prevent the trigger of nausea, stay away from the smells that make you nauseous.
- Drink lots of water
Bring clean and filtered bottled water. You can try fruit juices. However, they contain a lot of calories. Do not drink caffeine and soda as they can be detrimental to the health of the baby.
- Take small breaks
You shouldn’t work continuously for a long duration. Take frequent breaks. During this break, walk for about 10 minutes and then continue working with a fresh mind. It will also help you stay charged for the challenges you face during work.
- Ask for help
Even if you like to stay super independent, pregnancy is the time you have to learn to accept help. Ask a colleague who was pregnant during work about how they managed it with pregnancy. Take help from your family, friends, and colleagues. People are often happy to help pregnant women.
This is probably the worst one of our list. You are bound to get stressed at work. For this, you can try to stay organized so that you keep stress at bay. Try to take on a limited number of tasks so that you don’t get overwhelmed.
- Staying in the same position
Don’t stay in one position for long hours. If your job requires long hours of computer work, it will affect your posture and the growth of your baby. Also, sitting in front of bright screens can give you headaches and affect your eyes. You can stretch your arms, legs, and back every few minutes. Walk towards the desk of your colleague, instead of using the phone. Take small walks around the cubicle.
- Unhealthy habits
Don’t smoke or drink coffee. Offices are usually equipped with coffee machines and you might have a habit of taking several during the whole day. Now that you are pregnant, you have to cut down the intake of nicotine to zero. So, this means no coffee and no smoking. Also, stay away from the liquor and aerated drinks. It is very important to have healthy habits while being pregnant.
- Tight clothing
You don't have to become too fashion-sensitive while being pregnant. Do not wear tight clothes. Pregnancy is a different time and you might get overwhelmed by the changes your body is going through. Wear what is designed to wear for pregnant women and what makes you feel comfortable.
The important thing that you have to remember is that you don’t have to do this alone. Your family and friends are there to help you. Take their help for your and your baby’s health.