It’s true when they say that women can now have it all: a successful career and a happy family. However, if you think that nothing will change once you get pregnant, you’re in for a rude awakening.
While you can absolutely continue working when you’re pregnant and a mother, it’s worth noting that things are going to need to give a little bit in certain areas of your life. So to help make this transition a little smoother for you, here are three safety tips for when you are working throughout your pregnancy.
Keep Your Body And Your Baby Safe
The most important thing when you’re working and pregnant is to keep yourself and your little one safe. Depending on the type of work you do, this might mean making some big changes in the things you’re able to do or participate in at work.
According to Tracey Porpora, a contributor to Very Well Family, you might need to speak with your boss or supervisor about making some adjustments to your work requirements, especially if you normally work outdoors or in a potentially unsafe work environment. The last thing anyone wants to have happen is for you to get injured at work and put your baby at risk, so make sure you’re taking all necessary precautions.
Find Healthy Ways To Manage Your Stress
Regardless of what kind of job or career you have, you likely have at least some amount of work-related stress that you have to deal with. And while having lots of stress in your life is never really a good thing, it’s even more important to find healthy ways to manage this stress while you’re pregnant.
Emily Green, a contributor to Working Mother, recommends trying things like exercise, stretching or yoga as a way to physically relieve some of the stress you might feel at work. Additionally, you might want to practice some breathing techniques to help in times when you might be feeling particularly emotional. Not only could this help you in the moment, but this practice could also be very beneficial when you’re having your baby and beyond.
Learn How To Work Around Your Pregnancy Symptoms
One of the hardest things about working while you’re pregnant is knowing how to manage any symptoms you might be suffering from. Luckily, there are things you can do to help make the worst parts of your pregnancy less challenging while at work.
For things like nausea, Joanna Goddard, a contributor to Parents.com, suggests that you consistently eat healthy snacks throughout the day so you always have something in your stomach. When exhaustion is hitting you hard, spend your lunch break taking a quick nap and make sure you’re getting at least eight hours of sleep each night.
If you’re pregnant and are planning to continue working up until the baby arrives, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do this. Just be aware that strenuous activity can lead to complications during birth and can result in maternal birth injuries.