Updated: Aug 31
I didn't get the memo of what to expect when working while being pregnant. In fact, the first time around, I had absolutely no idea what was expected of me as soon as I became pregnant. Yes, I do confess that I was somewhat terrified at first.
My initial thoughts were, hey, can I do this? Will I be able to accomplish what I needed to do while working? It is obvious, at 7 months, I am walking around with a huge soccer ball-shaped belly and thought that everybody should be accommodating right?
This is my experience, and yours may be different based on your career and job description. However, I can only provide you with advice based on what I encountered while working both times during my pregnancies.
I worked in a fast pace environment. My background as a pharmacist at the time required me to be flexible working in a highly stressful environment. I rotated between two different positions of standing or sitting while working for long 10-12 hour shifts at any time.
The length of time I spent in the workplace and my job responsibilities varied for both pregnancies. With my first child, I worked only during the later stages of pregnancy (starting at 7 months) shortly after relocating to a new state, while for my second child I worked the entire length of pregnancy until birth (9 months).
Be reminded that your ability to work while being pregnant is based on your job responsibilities and requirements. It is different for everyone.
As always, I recommended speaking with your healthcare provider, whenever you make any changes that may affect your health or progress.
Are you currently working while being pregnant? What are your concerns? Let me know. Please feel free to share your own experiences or ask your questions or concerns in our FORUM section. I will be happy to help you!
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“Working while being pregnant and knowing your limits is essential for a successful pregnancy"
Self-care is the most overlooked area that we don't really think about much sometimes when we are pregnant. We are constantly focused on the growth of our child but we also need to be aware of our own health and well-being.
Self-care is very important while being pregnant. It is a constant reminder each day that you are taking care of a growing child. Your emotional and physical well-being has to be in balance in order to ensure a successful pregnancy, especially while working.
Here are a few of the self-care areas that I highly recommend that women should be aware of and be able to manage effectively while working d