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How To Deal With A Full Time Job While Pregnant

Apr 3, 2008
If you are a working woman and discover you are pregnant, there are some things that you have to consider. Most of the time, it is perfectly ok to work while you are pregnant. It also may depend on your job and whether or not you are considered a high-risk pregnancy. High risk can be anything from a mom to be over the age of 35 or women who live with diabetes or other conditions. If your doctor allows you to work, follow their instructions to the tee. If they don't recommend it but you may feel the need to work, then you really have to start to listen to your body.

The first three months of a pregnancy are crucial, as every one knows. You will start to experience fatigue in the first trimester as well as some morning sickness. But you also have to work at keeping your stress levels way down. Stress is not good at all through a pregnancy but in the first three months it is a taboo. You may want to consider cutting back on your work hours. Start with a few hours a week. Many women can successfully work up to their ninth month but that is not ideal for everyone.

After you are past the three-month mark and you start to tell everyone, you have to tell your boss. Most places are very accommodating but you still have to tell them. Ask them about reducing your hours or if you have a certain job function that is physically demanding, then ask about removing that task from your workload.

You want to be able to work to your fullest capacity, but it doesn't always work that way. It is ok to slow down and start taking care of your self. If you are one of those workers who would eat and work at the same time because there was no room for lunch. When you are pregnant, make the time to eat without any distractions. Your job is important to you but the baby is more important. You really have to make conscious changes to your lifestyle when you are pregnant.

It can be hard because you are so used to doing things a certain way that you forget to slow down or stop doing something because you are pregnant. Most women start their morning off with coffee. While experts say that one cup of caffeine a day is ok. Try to keep it simple, have a simple cup of coffee instead of an espresso. You may find yourself working slower but too much caffeine can be harmful to your baby.

Discuss working with your doctor and your partner. See if it something that can be changed to accommodate your situation. Ask your boss to speak to the doctor if there are any questions about your limitations or have your doctor write a note. Remember, the most important thing is your health and the health of your baby.
About the Author
Aaron Nimocks is a frequent blogger at Pregnancy Hut and offers advice on his Pregnancy Forums .
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