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Working In Pregnancy

As more and more expectant mothers  are seen to be working,  the big question is does the  Mom-to-beís job affect an  unborn foetus?  The answer at this point is not clear, as some studies suggest that a strenuous job with long hours of standing may result  in more chances of pregnancy  induced blood pressure  and low birth weight babies. Other studies show that women (for e.g. pregnant doctors) working for about 65 hours/week did not seem to have any more pregnancy complications.  But there is a positive advantage of working during pregnancy, as it takes your mind off waiting. Think of ways to reduce physical stress on the job. 

Some suggestions

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Wear support hose, if you have to stand for long stretches.
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Keep one foot on a low stool with your knee bent,  to take some pressure of your back.
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Take frequent breaks and sit down with your feet up, to avoid circulation problems and varicose veins.
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Do some stretching exercises, especially for your back and legs. You can request your employer to switch you to a more sedentary job,  for the time being.
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Slow down your pace if you feel tired and retire early, trying to get as much rest as possible. Sleepiness may make it difficult for you to concentrate, especially in the early weeks. Donít push yourself, go and get some rest as your body demands it.
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Further nausea may make it even harder to concentrate, so take some food to pick at during the day.
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Avoid extremes of temperature, noxious fumes and chemicals and smoke filled areas, as they add to your fatigue.
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Avoid lifting heavy weights.
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Empty your bladder, at least every two hours.
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Finally remember that  no job is more important than that of looking after your  baby, in terms of taking proper nourishment,  at the proper times, without work interfering in your break lunch and dinner schedules. Keep a good supply of high energy nutritious snacks when you tend to feel exhausted.
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Be sure you are allowed to take time off, to attend to your regular check ups and antenatal classes.
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Check on the maternity leave benefits your company has. You should be entitled to some maternity leave, once you have your baby.