Long working hours and stress during pregnancy: How you can make it easy for yourself

Stress during pregnancy

With the increase in the cost of living, most young households are now two income households, where the mom’s paycheck also matters to have a decent quality of life. especially when the economy gets tough. You may have a work situation (or boss) that doesn’t seem child-friendly, you may have EMIs to continue working for, etc. You’ve got yourself a recipe for some serious work stress during pregnancy.

What can you do to counter long working hours during pregnancy

Luckily, there are steps you can take to lessen even the biggest job-related anxieties:

  1. Talk with your employer. Get informed about what your maternity leave will look like and what health benefits you can expect. Be upfront about any concerns — whether you’re worried about you getting terminated or someone else being promoted. Talk it all out and be sure to speak about what your benefits you can avail while you are on maternity leave. This will help you to budget accordingly, and in turn put you at ease on the financial aspects.
  2. Update your resume. Being prepared for whatever happens can go a long way toward alleviating stress during pregnancy. It could be that you think these hours might be too stressful after the baby, or that the work is too demanding, or that you might be laid off. Whatever the reason, consider finding a new job if this one isn’t cutting it.
  3. Focus on the present (and the positive!). Stop thinking about what can go wrong. You cannot control it and there is no sense in working yourself up over the imaginary bad things that could happen at work. Once you’ve prepared your bank account as best you can, focus on the positive things that are happening right now.

And remember, no matter how stressed out you get, give yourself a break. Yes, you want to do a good job (or jobs), but as you juggle all your responsibilities, do remember that the most important job you have right now is to take good care of yourself and your baby.