women, taking nine months off to rest while pregnant is not a
possibility. Women often plan to work right up to their due
dates to get the most time possible with their baby during
maternity leave. But working during pregnancy isnít always
order to stay healthy and productive on the job, itís
helpful to understand how to alleviate common pregnancy
discomforts," says Mayo Clinic Health System family
physician Dr. Jill Boulden.
nauseous at work is a common pregnancy discomfort. To keep the
nausea at bay, 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
might feel tired as your body works overtime to support your
pregnancy, and resting during the workday can be tough.
Boulden offers these tips to help keep your energy up:
foods rich in iron and protein, such as red meat, poultry,
leafy green vegetables, iron-fortified whole-grain cereal and
short, frequent breaks. Getting up and moving around for a few
minutes can reinvigorate you.
Drink plenty of fluids. Keep a water bottle in your work area
so you can sip throughout the day.
back on activities. Scaling back can help you get more rest
after the workday ends.
Maintain your fitness routine. Physical activity can help
boost your energy level. Try a prenatal fitness class, or take
a walk after work, as long as itís OK with your health care
to bed early. Try to get seven to nine hours of sleep every
night. Pillows between your legs and under your belly can add
your pregnancy progresses, everyday activities, such as
sitting and standing, can become uncomfortable," says
Boulden. "Moving around every few hours also can ease
muscle tension and help prevent fluid buildup in your legs and
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
during pregnancy is not always easy. If you have concerns
about your work duties affecting your pregnancy, talk with
your health care provider.