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Working during pregnancy can be difficult; some health tips to handle the challenges and to look after your health and nutrition.
[ Here are some health tips for working during pregnancy, as we know pregnancy can be difficult; to handle the challenges and to look after your health and nutrition.
The pink strips glow brightly on the home pregnancy test. Congratulations on your pregnancy! With the rush of emotions also comes the question – will I be able to continue working for the next nine months? How will I manage the demands at work along with the changes that are happening inside of me? How do I look after the health and nutrition needs of myself and my growing baby?
The good news is that most women, if they don’t have any existing health problems (like heart disease, diabetes, kidney trouble, high blood pressure or back problems) and enjoy a low risk pregnancy can work right up to their due date. It is essential, however, that you discuss health issues with your doctor.
She is the best person to advise you on the course you should follow. Women who are carrying twins or multiple foetuses may need to stop working earlier than anticipated. Working during pregnancy has its benefits too. Pregnancy can be an anxious time, and work can keep your mind off insignificant issues.
The person you should talk to next is your boss. The right time to do this depends solely on you and also on how your pregnancy is progressing, although, telling your boss early on could get you a better support system. As your pregnancy advances, fatigue will set in more easily, and taking your boss and colleagues into confidence will help you deal with your workload as this happens. Keep in mind that you will need to schedule in prenatal visits and scans/tests into your work calendar.
Find out more about your company’s policies regarding maternity leave and the benefits applicable to you. Most companies have a specific maternity benefits policy, though flexi time or working from home maybe at the manager’s discretion.
Take the case of Shilpa Joshi, a Team Leader with a leading IT company. She is 8 months pregnant and says that her company has been very supportive and helpful. This is in the form of letting her take leave if the need arises, or even giving her a less demanding project to work on. She has enjoyed working and finds it therapeutic to be doing what she enjoys while expecting.
The length of time you can continue working while pregnant depends on your health and to a large extent on the type of work that you do.Never miss real stories from India's women.Register Now
The length of time you can continue working while pregnant depends on your health and to a large extent on the type of work that you do.
The length of time you can continue working while pregnant depends on your health and to a large extent on the type of work that you do. Certain kinds of work have been linked to pregnancies with poor outcomes – low birth weight, premature deliveries, high blood pressure or even, sadly, miscarriages.
You should be very careful and keep in mind these health tips for work during pregnancy, especially if the job is hazardous or physically demanding or one that exposes you to toxic substances, chemical gases, fumes, radiation etc. Doctors, nurses, dentists or lab technicians are more prone to infections and need to take precautions against possible harm to themselves and the foetus. Once again, be sure to speak to your doctor about risks at work. If necessary, she may advise going on leave earlier.
If you have a job that requires standing for long hours, you may need to ask to change to a desk job or stop working by the 24th week. If you have a job that requires you to lift or move materials or is physically strenuous in any way, you may need to take a break if possible or ask to be reassigned during your pregnancy.
And if you are in a highly stressful job, you may need to cut down on the hours of work or even consider going on leave prematurely.
Consult your doctor if your job involves travelling. Most doctors advise travelling between the 4th and 6th month, provided there are no complications.
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Updated October 24, 2022 and November 2, 2022
Melanie Lobo is a freelance writer. She grew up in cities across India but now calls Pune home. Her husband and son keep her on her toes and inspire her with new writing material daily. read more...
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