Working when you are pregnant has always been a debatable topic and if you live the United States where there are virtually no maternity benefits, then taking the right decision can get tricky sometimes. So today we are going to discuss different aspects regarding pregnancy when you are working.
First, is it fine if you work?
Well, the short answer is yes! There is no harm in working during pregnancy; rather it can prove to be helpful. Studies have shown that if the mother stays active in the first trimester, then it has a positive impact on the health of the baby.
Also, if you have been working before your pregnancy, and you stop working altogether, then it can have a negative on your body as well as your child’s health.
It all boils down to the kind of work you are doing, and if it is not hectic, then there is no reason to stop working.
So what kind of work?
Well, if you are somewhere where you are not lifting anything or not standing all the time, then it is fine.
Working in industries like IT and Banking are recommended during pregnancy but even if your Job requires you to talk to a lot of people, you can do that, but make sure you are not exerting yourself.
In today’s time, most jobs have a lot of stress. And if you are pregnant you have to keep it at minimal. Now practically, it isn’t possible to completely avoid stress, but my suggestion is to keep it where it doesn’t affect your life after you get home. If you think it is getting out of hand and you are thinking about work all the time, then it is best to take some time off and enjoy your pregnancy.
Doctors and healthcare professionals are quite vocal against stress and studies are clearly pointing out that mental stress can lead to severe damage in children.
Long story short, you can work, but don’t exert yourself and manage stress levels.
If you want to read about specific things, you can check out this article on Mayo Clinic.
Specific Arrangements while working
Now if you decide to work, here are few tips that can help you do the things mentioned above and also aid you in achieving your professional targets –
- Talk with your Boss – If you hold a crucial position, it is best to talk with your boss, regarding easing your workload. This helps because your body changes a lot when you are pregnant and you might not be able to do the same amount of work as before, and additional workload will increase stress levels.
- Think About working from Home – If possible then working from home is a highly recommended during pregnancy. With the comfort of your home, you feel relaxed, and you can work comfortably. So if your company permits you to do so, don’t hesitate.
- Wear Loose clothes – While you are working you need to keep your body relaxed and an effective way to do that is by wearing baggy clothes. These days’ pregnant women can find a lot of fashionable options that are comfortable and trendy.
- Don’t sit for Long periods – If your job involves working in front of the computer all day, then it is highly recommended to keep yourself moving. Take a small work after an hour or so and keep stretching while you are working. This keeps the blood flow normal and reduces the chances of any complications.
So now you know everything about working during pregnancy, but if there is a specific doubt, feel free to comment below, and I will answer that.