Women nowadays have become an indispensable asset in the workforce of many companies. Many women who choose to work during pregnancy may encounter challenges in the workplace. It is vital that a woman draw the line in making sure that her job does not jeopardize her pregnancy. Jobs that involve exposure to toxic substances, heavy lifting, long periods of standing, and other strenuous activities may put your pregnancy at risk. It is best that you consult your health care provider in order to make sure that you are not putting yourself and your unborn child in grave danger.
The first trimester of pregnancy may be quite challenging for the working woman because morning sickness may get in the way of her job. And women might be surprised that morning sickness may last throughout the day. Even the smell of your favorite latte may cause nausea. Thus, it is important to steer clear of the foods that may trigger your morning sickness. Having food items like crackers, hard candy, and ginger tea at the office may help. These foods items can be lifesavers when you feel nauseated. Getting enough sleep and drinking plenty of fluids can also help in preventing queasiness.
Aside from morning sickness, you may feel that you want to stay in bed longer, or you don’t have enough energy to perform your usual activities. Hormonal changes, particularly the rising levels of progesterone, can cause fatigue early on during pregnancy. You may feel that your energy level may fluctuate during the day. It is then good to schedule your most demanding tasks when your energy is up. Use your break periods to rest and not to run errands. Elevating your legs at intervals is advisable to promote circulation. If you are so used to going somewhere else at the end of your workday, you may need to cut back on these activities so you can go home and rest.
Pregnant women should also pay close attention on whether they are consuming enough nutrients, to support the growth of their baby. Eating healthy can sometimes be difficult if you don’t have enough time to prepare healthy meals. If you need to order food from the office, choose the meals that provide enough nutrients but lesser fat content. Instead of choosing fried foods, choose those that are steamed, baked or broiled. If ordering healthy food items from your office is not possible, it is wise to set aside a time to prepare and bring packed lunch to work.
Certain jobs may require prolonged sitting and standing. Using a small pillow to support your back can make long hours of sitting tolerable. Elevate your legs from time to time to promote circulation. Standing on long periods may cause your blood to pool in your legs. This can lead to pain or dizziness. Put up one of your feet on a low stool and switch feet from time to time. It is also important to have good body mechanics when lifting or bending. Bend at your knees while keeping the object near your body, and use your legs to lift. Never lift objects that are too heavy in order to prevent any complications.
A woman has every right to work during pregnancy for as long as she does not put her pregnancy at risk. Most women work to augment the family income, while others work because they get a sense of fulfillment from working. However, research has shown that strenuous jobs or those that require prolonged standing can increase the risk of spontaneous abortion. Thus, it is important to consult your health care provider first in order to avoid any complications. Although pregnancy may be a delicate condition, it should not hinder a woman from pursuing her chosen career path.