These days, more and more women are choosing to continue working full-time during their pregnancy. Thus, learning how to cope with the discomforts of pregnancy on-the-job is an important lesson for mums-to-be. We show you how to manage the challenges of pregnancy and work:
1. Learn to ask for & accept help
Being pregnant will make you feel tired more easily and you will experience more discomfort than usual. Instead of pushing yourself harder in order to keep up and pretending that nothing is different, it’s far better to ask for help when you need it than risk harming yourself or the baby.
If you are lucky enough to have supportive bosses and colleagues who wish to help you out, don’t be afraid to accept their kindness.
Remember that taking care of yourself is the best way to ensure that you can continue contributing effectively to your job and your company. Trying to act heroic and endangering yourself and your baby is not.
2. Eat well and drink plenty of water
To help reduce the symptoms of morning sickness, keep carbohydrate-rich snacks such as biscuits at your desk.
Do not skip eating altogether even if you have trouble keeping food down. Instead, take small, frequent meals throughout the day to keep your energy level up.
Ensure that your drink plenty of water to replenish your body fluids.
3. Take frequent breaks
Sitting or standing for long durations can increase the probability of varicose veins and swelling in expectant mothers. If you work at a desk, get up and walk around, or stretch every hour or so. If your job requires you to be on your feet most of the time, take a break, sit down and raise your feet to ease the discomfort.
4. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
Being appropriately and comfortably dressed for work will help boost your self-confidence and minimise any discomfort you might have. Wear flats or shoes with, low, stable heels and adequate arch support for your feet and always choose shoes with skid-resistant soles. Avoid clothes that with itchy or synthetic materials and as much as possible, choose clothing with a natural fabric blend so you will feel more at ease.
5. Negotiate for flexi-time arrangements
If you suffer from morning sickness, speak to your boss about starting and ending your work day later. Or, if you tend to get tired by late afternoon, negotiate to come in earlier and leave earlier. Where possible, arrange to telecommute part-time. You can come to office for half a day, and stay home the other half, or compress your office days into 2 – 3 days a week.