Working during pregnancy: Managing a hectic job

working during pregnancy

Working during pregnancy: Managing a hectic job

Going to work during pregnancy has its own pros and cons. Pros being the extra attention you get from your colleagues, and the sense of satisfaction you get from doing something you are passionate about. This sense of satisfaction is very beneficial for the baby’s development.However, this comes at a cost of strain and pressure of travelling and competing deadlines.

It is possible to continue with your job till the last day of your maternity leave, no matter how hectic it is, provided you take precautions.

Tips to manage a hectic job during pregnancy:

  • If your job involves a lot of standing, make sure you don’t do so for long hours. Take frequent breaks. Sit down or walk briefly to any leg cramps.
  • If your job involves a lot of physical labor, switch to a different role with less physical activity or swap the activity with a co-worker who can do the legwork.
  • If that is not possible, take an occasional sick leave for a break.
  • Try to limit travel during pregnancy. Most of the time it is possible to travel safely during pregnancy, provided you carry your medical records and fit to fly certificate with you.
  • Don’t overextend yourself. You have nothing to prove to anyone. All you need to do is take it easy and care for yourself.
  • If you feel stress get better of you or overly emotional, walk away from the scene and calm yourself down by deep breathing.
  • Talk to your supervisor about your schedules and your work timings. Agree that you will not accept new work.
  • Schedule your doctor’s appointments in the afternoon, so that you can go home after the appointment and take a nap.
  • Don’t take work home, no matter how interesting or important the job is. Keep your work life aside from your home. That adds to stress.

It is very important to take it easy in during pregnancy, and give utmost priority to yourself and your baby. Keep yourself hydrated and well fed, calm and stress free.