Working During Pregnancy

Different cultures have different expectations on the mother-to-be and whether they should continue to work. If you work in a culture that requires you to continue to work, knowing how to best manage symptoms and stay healthy while getting the job done will make your pregnancy that much more pleasant. In most cases women can work throughout their pregnancy. Being pregnant can present challenges in your workplace therefore it is important to stay healthy so you can continue to be productive on the job. It is also necessary to know when enough is enough and that you can be risking your pregnancy.

Morning Sickness

It might be called “morning” sickness, but pregnancy nausea and sickness can hit at any time. To ease nausea try the following: Avoid nausea triggers. Snack often. Drink plenty of fluids. See our patient resources section for information on morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum.

Handling fatigue

During pregnancy, particularly during the first trimester you can feel overwhelmingly tired. It is important to rest when you can and don’t take on extra work as it may lead to extra stress. Try the following: Eat foods rich in iron and protein. Try foods such as red meat, poultry, leafy green vegetables, iron-fortified whole-grain cereal and beans. Take short, frequent breaks. Getting up and moving around for a few minutes can reinvigorate you.

Cut back on activities

Scaling back can help you get more rest when your workday ends. Keep up your fitness routine. Although exercise may be the last thing on your mind, taking a brisk walk or a pregnancy fitness class can help boost your energy levels. Staying active and healthy is essential for your physical and mental wellbeing. Ask your doctor about exercise or visit our patient resource section for more information.

Go to bed early

Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Sleeping or resting on your left side will improve blood flow to your baby and help prevent swelling. For added comfort try placing pillows between your legs and under your belly.

For private obstetric care on the Sunshine Coast contact the Coastal IVF team on 07 5443 4301


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  • Coastal IVF,
    Level 4,
    Esplanade and Second Avenue,
    (Sunshine Coast)
    QLD, Australia

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