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For most women, taking nine months off to rest while pregnant is not a possibility. Women often plan to work right up to their due dates in order to get the most time possible with their baby during maternity leave. But working during pregnancy isn’t always easy.
Feeling nauseous at work is a common pregnancy discomfort. To keep the nausea at bay, Dr. Boulden advises snacking often and avoiding things that trigger that sick feeling in your stomach. She recommends keeping a stash of crackers or other bland food at your desk.
You might feel tired as your body works overtime to support your pregnancy, and resting during the workday can be tough. Dr. Boulden offers these tips to help keep your energy up:
“As your pregnancy progresses, everyday activities, such as sitting and standing, can become uncomfortable,” says Dr. Boulden. “Moving around every few hours also can ease muscle tension and help prevent fluid buildup in your legs and feet.”
It’s also important to limit the amount of stress at work during your pregnancy. Job stress can sap the energy you need to care for yourself and your baby. To reduce the amount of stress at work, share your frustrations with a supportive co-worker, make daily to-do lists and prioritize your tasks, and practice relaxation techniques.
Working during pregnancy is not always easy. If you have concerns about your work duties affecting your pregnancy, talk with your health care provider.