Congratulations on your pregnancy! You might wonder if you are allowed to work during your pregnancy if you work. Many women can continue working without difficulty. Your ability to work during pregnancy can be affected by many factors, including your health and the health of your fetus. You can continue working in many jobs during pregnancy. Some jobs are safe to continue during pregnancy. Some duties might need to be modified or stopped later in pregnancy. Sometimes, your hours or schedule may have to change. You can continue to work, but the goal is safety and comfort.
Most computer and desk jobs are safe for pregnant women. Some women may develop carpal tunnel syndrome due to fluid buildup. This can make keyboard use difficult. If you sit for long periods of time, your posture and back can change. This could cause strain to your neck, back, and shoulders. These tips might help if you’re pregnant and work at a computer or at a desk.
- Regular breaks are important. Move around and get up to increase blood flow and decrease swelling.
- A pillow or cushion can be used to support the lower back.
- When using a computer, use the right hand and arm positions. If you are using a keyboard or mouse, a wrist wrest is a good option.
- A headset can be used to reduce neck and shoulder strain.
- Don’t cross your legs or feet.
Standing for extended periods of time can cause leg and back pain in pregnant women. This is particularly true for late-term pregnancies. Long periods of standing can reduce blood flow and slow down the baby’s growth. These are some tips to help you stand if you must.
- Place your foot on a stool or box that supports your back to relieve pain.
- Ask if you are able to sit on a tall stool instead of standing.
- Take frequent breaks. If possible, sit down with your feet raised.
- Good, well-fitted, low-heeled, comfortable shoes.
Talk to your healthcare provider if you are considering a job that requires lifting heavy objects, pulling or pushing, and if it is safe to do so. Some physical jobs can be dangerous if you have pregnancy symptoms like dizziness or extreme tiredness. Your sense of balance can decline as your center of gravity shifts, increasing your chances of falling.
You may need to take extra precautions if you are exposed to chemicals, radiation, heavy metallics, gases, biological agents, viruses, bacteria, fungus or parasites. Some dangerous agents can get into the bloodstream of the mother and then pass on to the baby. Some can cause harm to the fetus or affect the mother’s overall health. Discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider. Ask your healthcare provider if protective clothing is recommended. Follow all safety precautions.
You may need to adapt your work activities to avoid extreme temperatures or exposure to loud noises.
It is best to travel during your middle pregnancy, between weeks 14 and 28. This is when you feel the most comfortable and safest. After 36 weeks, air travel is not recommended. These are some tips for flying by air:
- Book an aisle seat to allow you to move around more easily and to have easy access to the toilet.
- Keep your seatbelt under your belly and across your hipbones.
- Eat smaller meals.
- You should ensure that you have all the required vaccinations if you plan to travel outside the country. Avoid travelling to areas that are at risk of malaria.
Limit your driving time when traveling by car to 5-6 hours. Stretch your legs often. Always wear your seatbelt.
Discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider about working during pregnancy.