Working during pregnancy

15 January 2014

Working during pregnancy

Different cultures have different expectations on the mother-to-be and whether they should continue to work. If you work in a culture that requires you to continue to work, knowing how to best manage symptoms and stay healthy while getting the job done will make your pregnancy that much more pleasant.  In most cases women can work throughout their pregnancy. Being pregnant, can present challenges in your workplace therefore it is important to stay healthy so you can continue to be productive on the job. It is also necessary to know when enough is enough and that you can be risking your pregnancy.

Morning Sickness

It might be called "morning" sickness, but pregnancy nausea and sickness can hit at any time. To ease nausea try the following: Avoid nausea triggers. Snack often. Drink plenty of fluids.

Handling fatigue

During pregnancy, particularly during the first trimester you can feel overwhelmingly tired. It is important to rest when you can and don’t take on extra work as it leads to extra pressure and stress. Try the following: Eat foods rich in iron and protein. Try foods such as red meat, poultry, seafood, leafy green vegetables, iron-fortified whole-grain cereal and beans. Take short, frequent breaks. Getting up and moving around for a few minutes can reinvigorate you.

Cut back on activities

Scaling back can help you get more rest when your workday ends. Keep up your fitness routine. Although exercise might be the last thing on your mind, taking a brisk walk or a pregnancy fitness class can help boost your energy levels. It is important that your Doctor says it's ok to exercise.

Go to bed early

Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Sleep or rest on your side will improve blood flow to your baby and help prevent swelling. For added comfort try placing pillows between your legs and under your belly.

For private obstetric care on the Sunshine Coast contact the Coastal IVF team on 07 5609 8877.