How To Cope With The Demands of Work During Pregnancy
Healthy women with a normal pregnancy can work until they are close to delivery. Although the changes in the body affect productivity, it is possible to work through the pregnancy period.
I have heard of women who worked until a few days to delivery. You do not have to compare yourself to anyone as it is all about individual capacity and strength. Know your limits and work around it.
The most challenging period during pregnancy is usually the first and third trimesters. During the first trimester, many pregnant women battle with morning sickness, headaches and general discomfort in the body. While at the third trimester, fatigue and tiredness is on the high.
Here are tips on how to cope with the demands of work during pregnancy;
Avoid complaining about the challenges you are experiencing during your pregnancy. Your complaint should be directed at the doctor not everybody.
Take a few minutes off for private moments at work. This would work especially during breaks.
Use the treatment provided by your healthcare provider to relieve morning sickness and if it is hard on you then you may have to tell your employer earlier than you may plan to do so.
Present your need for work flexibility while committing to getting your work done, So it doesn’t appear like you do not want to do your job.
Break up your tasks to enable you to move around. Do not sit for a long time, take breaks, move around every two hours to enable fluids to move well in your system.
Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. The temptation to look so trendy and hit it off on heels is strong but avoid it. This is the time to get your flat heeled shoes out.
Drink a lot of water. Keep a bottle of water close by where you can reach for it to drink at different intervals.
Eat well! You do not need to eat for two. Just ensure you take small meals, snacks, and food rich in fibre regularly
Be careful of repetitive strain injuries caused by pressure on the wrist from doing an action repetitively.
Rest as much as you can. If you work so hard at work then you have to reduce your activities at home.
Use all the help you can get. If someone offers to help you with something, you do not have to hold tightly to it. Let go and accept help.
Sometimes you want to work, but circumstance during pregnancy will not let you keep a job. Here are some of the reasons you may have to stop working or reduce your hours of work because of pregnancy.
- Women who are at risk of preterm labour which includes women who are expecting multiples.
- Women with high blood pressure
- Women at risk of preeclampsia.
- Women diagnosed with placenta previa
- Women with cervical insufficiency
It is great to work during pregnancy but you need to know your breaking point and do not stretch it. Give yourself a break. If possible, start your maternity leave a week before your estimated day of delivery so you can rest, pamper and indulge yourself whilst preparing for the coming of your baby. This is because when your baby comes; there will be no time for yourself like you have now.