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  • Pregnancy doesn’t hinder or slow down work. A pregnant woman can generally work safely and still maintain her mental and physical health. There are no risks associated with office work. However, pregnant women should ask their employer to reduce or replace work that poses a risk. These are:
    • Frequent standing.
    • Lifting and pushing heavyweights.
    • Traveling often.
    • Climbing/descending stairs.
    • Working at radioactive locations (such as xray rooms).
    • Working with chemicals, which can cause miscarriage or congenital disabilities.
    • Long hours of work without breaks can lead to miscarriage or preterm births.
    • Low birth weight is associated with working in an area with a noise level above 90 decibels (such plane take-off sound, or noisy electric equipment).

    Office work:

    Pregnancy work is generally safe. However, fluid retention can cause problems such as swelling and inability to use keyboards. Here are some tips:

    • Take frequent breaks and move around to increase blood flow and decrease swelling.
    • A comfortable chair with good support for the lower back is recommended.
    • Use the computer in a proper manner.
    • Avoid crossing your legs, as this can cause blood loss and retention.

    Standing for prolonged periods of time can cause leg and back pain, especially in the third trimester. Long periods of standing can reduce blood flow and slow down the growth of your fetus. These tips will help you if you have to stand for a long time.

    • Take intermittent sitting breaks.
    • Wear comfortable, supported shoes.
    • You can sit while you work instead of standing.

    Job-related problems:

    1. Fatigue and exhaustion are common in the first trimester, when there is a lot of nausea and drowsiness. The last trimester is due to increased body weight. Here are some tips.

    O. Bring snacks to avoid nausea and avoid eating food that can cause it.

    Avoid late sleeping and go to bed earlier. Take caffeinated beverages at night.

    O. Alternate sitting and moving to relieve exhaustion.

    O. Take a break outside or near the window.

    O: Use comfortable back pillows or an armchair.

    2. Stress: Avoid stress and keep your emotions in check. Take a break to walk and deep breathe.

    Wearing comfortable shoes:

    Excess fluids can build up in your body due to many factors. Fluid retention can cause swelling and increase shoe size. Pregnant women should choose sports shoes to allow for movement. Avoid high heels shoes. To reduce fluid retention, elevating your feet on a stool or chair is a good idea if you sit for long periods of time at work.

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