by Ann Douglas
Women a generation or two ago were expected to resign from their jobs the moment the pregnancy test came back positive, but today, pregnant working women are every bit as much a part of the modern office as the computer and the fax machine. Most women experiencing low-risk pregnancies are able to work throughout their entire pregnancies.
There are, of course, some situations in which you may want to consider leaving work early or requesting some modifications to your working environment. You might choose to go this route if
Your biggest challenge during your nine months on the job will be staying comfortable as you find yourself battling morning sickness, fatigue, and an ever-changing lineup of pregnancy-related aches and pains. Here are some tips on maximizing comfort at the office:
Excerpted from "The Unofficial Guide to Having A Baby," by Ann Douglas and John R. Sussman, M.D.
Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting including the bestselling "The Mother of All Pregnancy Books." She regularly contributes to a number of print and online publications, is frequently quoted in the media on a range of parenting-related topics, and has appeared as a guest on a number of television and radio shows. Ann and her husband Neil live in Peterborough, Ontario. with the youngest of their four children. Learn more at her site, having-a-baby.com.
John R. Sussman, M.D., is Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New Milford Hospital and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. His other books include the bestselling Before You Conceive: The Complete Pregnancy Guide.
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