Working during your pregnancy

For all you working moms out there, life may hand you quite a few challenges in your workplace during your pregnancy. However, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to continue being productive day after day. There are a few tips you can follow to ensure you’re able to tackle whatever your boss (or mother nature) throws at you.

You’re nauseated
This is more common during the first trimester and knowing it’s a possibility enhances your need to know on how to deal with it in the workplace.  You’ve probably identified the few triggers that cause your nausea, steer 100% clear of them on your workdays. If you’re still working on identifying them, a journal or simple note on your phone can help you keep track of anything and everything you smell and taste right before you begin feeling nauseated. This practice will help you narrow down whatever’s triggering those sensations. Snacking can also help you deal with your nausea. It’s proven that nausea can be way worse when you’re running on empty. Stale or ginger crackers can be perfect in making you feel better, be sure to keep some in your desk. And just in case, know the quickest route to the bathroom at all times.

You’re tired
You’ll need to make some changes to your sleeping patterns. Add a short nap during the day (we know it’s easier said than done). Respect your schedule and your sleeping hours avoiding late-night get-togethers on weekdays and don’t skip on your exercise! Although it may be hard at times, in the long run it will help you sleep better, feel less anxiety and stress and keep you in a good mood!

You’re in pain
Lower back pain can be all too common on the job. If you’re sitting down for most of the day opt for a small cushion for support or try to place your feet on a footrest, box or whatever you have at hand. You can alternate between your left and right foot, then try both at the same time. Getting up and walking around (in comfortable shoes) can also be a quick fix for sore muscles and pain. If you’re job involves standing for long periods of time, follow the same instructions with the footrest, take all necessary breaks and opt for wide-heeled shoes over high-heels/flats.

On behalf of all of us here at Kinedu we want to congratulate all the hard-working moms out there! Keep up the good work! Here’s a quote to ease you through the Monday grind: “I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: you go through big chunks of time where you’re thinking, ‘this is impossible, this is impossible’, and then you just keep going, keep going, and you sort of do the impossible” – Tina Fey.

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