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WORK-LIFE BALANCE / MAY. 20, 2014
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How to Cope With Being Pregnant at Work

Pregnant at work

Pregnancy can be difficult for some women, especially in the first three months, let alone having to work the entire pregnancy at a full time job. The body is on its own schedule when you are pregnant. Some women experience nausea and vomiting in the first months. It is not pleasant when you have to rush to the bathroom during an important conference meeting or take a phone call when you are feeling horrible. During these times, you could reschedule your meetings or take the phone call later until you feel better. In addition, if you suffer from morning sickness, bring tea and crackers to work with you. Have them handy when the feelings come on.

As the months proceed, you may feel fatigued, your feet may swell, and you may need to take short naps during the day. If your office has a couch, you could lay down during your lunch hour. You could also take short walks during your breaks. When you are tired, drink more water to flush your system so that your brain works better. Be sure to get a good night’s rest when you get home. This will give you more energy to face the next day.

Announcing Your Pregnancy

Most women can attest to the fact that when you learn about your pregnancy, you want to announce it to the world, but be cautious because some women do that and then, when faced with a miscarriage, they tend to feel bad. Wait for a few months before spilling the beans. Your boss is the first person at work that you need to tell your good news. You don’t want your boss to learn about this from another co-worker. Set up an appointment with your boss to explain that you are pregnant. Assume a positive tone and keep personal details to yourself. Be sure that you know what the company’s policy is with regards to maternity leave so you don’t have to discuss this in the meeting. If you don’t know, then ask for a company handbook.

Handling the Symptoms At Work

Pregnancy can be uncomfortable, especially when the unborn child decides to do whatever he/she wants, creating all kinds of symptoms in your body. You still have to do the job you were assigned to do, despite your new pregnancy status. It is a well-known fact that the best way to lessen the impact of morning sickness is to eat small healthy portions of snacks throughout the day. Ginger ale is also something that may soothe the stomach. Put lemon drops in your tea. When you are in a meeting, sit by the door, in case you have to go to the bathroom. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a safe medication for your nausea. Keep a small stool under your desk so you can elevate your feet during the day. This can help to prevent your feet from being swollen.

Doctor’s Appointments

Most employers will accommodate your doctor’s appointments, but make sure that you give prior notice and let the employer know that the visit may take longer than your lunch hour. You could make a doctor’s appointment early in the morning instead of during the day when meetings are more likely. If you know there is going to an important meeting on a specific day, you should avoid scheduling your appointment for that day.

Before you go on maternity leave, be sure that all your important assignments have been completed. Speak to your boss about doing work from home if you get too tired a few weeks before your maternity leave. Try not to do too much as your pregnancy advances. This means you shouldn’t work late, if you can avoid it. Go home and get some well needed rest, which you will need for the baby’s arrival. Remember enjoy the birth of your baby when it happens.

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