Tips for working while pregnant

Just because you're pregnant may not mean that you can stop everything and just focus on yourself. While some women may have the luxury of not having to work during their pregnancy, if you're not one of them, you have to worry about both growing a baby and continuing to do well at your job. You have to remember that when you're pregnant your most important job is keeping yourself and your baby happy, but that doesn't mean you can simply afford to stop working. However, you need to know how to work in a way where you won't put your health at risk. 

Level with your employer - You should tell your employer that you're pregnant, so he or she will understand that there are things you will need to do and changes that need to be made. OnlyMyHealth.com recommends that if you're concerned that your employer will not respond well to your pregnancy, then you can wait to tell your boss until the end of your first trimester. However, after that the changes to your body will become more apparent and you need to be honest. Ask your employer about your company's policies regarding maternity leave, and explain when you plan to return back to work.

Combat fatigue - One of the biggest challenges you may run into while pregnant is that you may feel very tired, which can make working difficult. The Mayo Clinic recommends that if you want to fight off fatigue, you should eat foods rich in iron and protein. Since being tired can be a symptom of iron deficiency anemia, you should consume poultry, seafood, leafy green vegetables, red meat, fortified cereals and beans. You should also go to bed on the early side every night, and try to remain physically active, especially if you sit behind a desk all day. 

Eat often - Working women may often skip breakfast or lunch in order to get things done quickly, but you should never make that mistake while you're pregnant. Be sure to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch. It is also a good idea to keep healthy snacks, such as nuts, fruits, and vegetables and dips, with you at your desk in case you get hungry throughout the day. This will not only keep you feeling full, but may also help keep your energy levels up. 

Take breaks often - Once your pregnancy is known around the office, you should feel free to take five- to 10-minute breaks whenever you have to. Many women have trouble concentrating during their pregnancy, so taking breaks in order to re-focus can be beneficial to your productivity.

Avoid nausea triggers - You may be feeling very nauseous during the beginning of your pregnancy, If so, you should do your best to avoid triggers that may make you feel an urge to vomit. For example, if you sit near the break room at work and have to smell everyone's lunches, it may make you queasy. If this is the case, you may ask to sit somewhere else for the time being. Also, you may have to ask people to wear different perfumes or colognes. In these situations, be sure to be polite and stress that it isn't because their perfumes smell bad, but because your nose is overly sensitive. 

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