Pregnancy can leave you feeling fatigued, nauseated and hormonal. These symptoms can make it difficult to maintain professionalism at work. Even though it’s tough, you can prepare for motherhood and be a model employee by managing your pregnancy symptoms and being professional.
Below are few ways to help you manage pregnancy symptoms and maintain professionalism at work;
DRINK ENOUGH WATER
Water can prevent the headaches, fatigue and swelling that pregnancy often brings. Make it your goal to drink around 12-13 glasses of water each day to keep you and the baby hydrated at home and work.
EAT OFTEN AND HAVE SNACKS BETWEEN MEALS
Have snacks throughout the day to combat morning sickness. Morning sickness can really put a damper on your productivity. To ease this, keep some pretzels, chips, peppermints, lemon drops, or fruit on hand to snack on between meal times. Eating often can help prevent nauseating.
Be sure to get a good breakfast before work, as well. Eat things like oatmeal, toast, fruit, and whole wheat bagels. Some women find it helpful to eat 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day, and use small snack sparingly. Avoid fatty and spicy foods, as these might trigger morning sickness.
HAVE A GOOD SITTING POSTURE
Have good posture when sitting to support your spine and maintain comfort. Sit straight up in your chair and put a small rolled up towel in between the curve of your back and the chair. Adjust your chair height and environment so you can sit as close to your desk as possible. Avoid slouching or leaning forward or backward in your chair.
KEEP A CHANGE OF CLOTHING AND MOUTHWASH IN THE OFFICE
Keep a change of clothing and mouthwash in your office. In case you should get sick or have an accident, keep some clothes on hand so you can change. You might also want to have some gum or mouthwash should you need to freshen your breath after a bout of morning sickness.
Handle frequent bathroom breaks by avoiding caffeine. Frequent urination is another symptom that often comes along with pregnancy. However, you can decrease your number of bathroom trips if you cut out caffeinated sodas, coffee and teas until after the baby comes.
SIT NEAR THE DOOR DURING MEETINGS
Sit near the door during meetings in case you start to feel sick. When in staff meetings, sit as close as you can to the exit. This will make it easier on you should you need to make it to the bathroom quickly. Arrive early to meetings so you can get the best seat. Know where the restrooms are in advance so you can make it there fast.
TAKE A SHORT BREAK TO WALK OR GET A QUICK NAP
Keep your energy level up by taking a walk or getting a quick nap. Fatigue is also a major symptom of pregnancy that can make it hard to do your job. On your lunch break, close your office door and get in a quick nap. You can even nap in the car or take a quick trip home if you don’t have an office. You can also take a walk around the block to pep you up or chew some gum.
SPEND MORE TIME IN AIR-CONDITIONED AREAS
Spend as much time as possible in air-conditioned areas. Overexposure to heat may cause nausea and discomfort. As much as possible, try to stick to areas that let you control the climate so that you can keep yourself comfortable. Avoid staying out too long in hot or humid conditions.
SCHEDULE DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENTS OUTSIDE WORK PERIOD
Schedule doctor’s appointments before work or during your lunch break.Pregnancy brings with it tons of appointments to the OBGYN. Schedule these appointments so you don’t miss work unless absolutely necessary. Opt for early morning, late afternoon, or weekend appointments, if possible. Bring some work with you to do while you wait.
it’s not possible to schedule your appointments during these times, have a talk with your boss about your doctor’s availability and finding ways to make up your hours.
TAKE LOTS OF NOTES DURING MEETINGS
Take lots of notes in meetings. To stay focused and combat pregnancy brain, take as many notes as you can in meetings. This will ensure that you remember what was said and will also keep you awake should you feel tired.
STAY SAFE ON THE JOB
Stay safe on the job. Perhaps you work in an environment that might be unsafe for your growing baby. Maybe you’re a cop, painter, dry cleaner, are around toxic fumes or have to do heavy lifting on the job. Talk to someone in your Human Resources department; you can be given a safer job assignment during your pregnancy. You can also discuss your work environment with your doctor.
LEAVE OFFICE WORK AT WORK
Though your work is a very important aspect of your life, do your best to leave it at the office. Take care of yourself when you’re at home and try to get as much rest as possible. You’ll be getting a lot less when the baby comes, so take advantage of this time.
Go for a walk when you get home or take a nice, warm shower. Try to find some activities that can help you relax and declutter your mind. If your workload is too much for you to handle during your working hours, ask for a lighter workload or to take on some additional help while you are pregnant.
Say ‘no’ to extra work while you are adjusting to pregnancy. Though you might be very ambitious, now may not be the best time to take on any more responsibilities. Focus on doing your best with the tasks you’re currently assigned. STAY SAFE.