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The working momma survival guide – Tips for working while pregnant

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Working while pregnant is hard, particularly if your coworkers still think you should be functioning at 110% efficiency.

Working while pregnant is hard, particularly if your coworkers still think you should be functioning at 110% efficiency. If you have a job that requires you to be on your feet all the time, exposes you to hazardous environments, or requires a lot of travel, you’ll need to ask your supervisor for accommodations to keep you and the baby healthy. You’ll also need to set yourself up for success so you don’t pass out from exhaustion before the end of your workday. These tips should help.

  1. Fight symptoms

Morning sickness is no joke, so don’t hesitate to try all the suggested remedies to find one that helps you. Ginger chews work great for some. Others swear by ginger ale or lemon drops. For many, munching on small, healthy high-protein snacks and fresh produce throughout the day reduces nausea and fatigue dramatically. Keep a stash of these remedies in your desk drawer or locker while at work. Don’t beat yourself up if your productivity levels aren’t as high as normal. You’re not slacking, you’re pregnant!

  1. Communicate with your boss

When you do announce your pregnancy, it’s a good idea to go to your supervisor first, so they don’t hear it secondhand. Read up on your company’s policy for working while pregnant, if any, and for maternity leave. Don’t hesitate to talk to your care provider about any modifications you might need to make to your working environment more manageable. They’ll be able to write a note to your supervisor to substantiate your need for accommodations.

PregnantAtWork.org is a solid resource to keep you up-to-date on your rights.

  1. Ease stress

Pregnancy can wreak havoc on your emotions. If you need to, take a time-out every now and then to clear your mind. A brisk walk in the morning or at lunchtime can also work wonders for your mood. Try to simplify your schedule and cut out extras so you have more time to rest.

  1. Fit in appointments

Toward the end of your pregnancy, you’ll be going to see your care provider a lot—every week or two, at least. Try scheduling appointments after work, and on days of the week that are least busy for you at work. The idea is to make your schedule as easy for yourself as possible, so try to find ways to make that happen.

Most people are safe working during pregnancy, but don’t hesitate to keep lines of communication open with your certified nurse-midwife (CNM) or OB—they are there to help you find ways to stay strong, and keep you healthy and sane until you deliver. Feel free to contact us to set up a consultation if you’re not sure where to start.

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