10 Worst Things About Being Pregnant At Work (and How To Deal)


Feeling exhausted and don’t want to go to work? That’s the general feeling of many moms in the morning when they are expecting a child. However, you still need to drag yourself up and get to work to earn the money. Working when you are pregnant isn’t easy, and it is hard to find a way to cope with your mood and tiredness. Hang in there, these are the 10 most common things pregnant women struggle with when they have to work and how to deal with them.

You’re hiding it

You might be familiar with the constant mood change and moodiness during pregnancy. You are always grumpy or too emotional, you feel like you have the flu all the time, you’re tired and throwing up every morning. Still, you’re not ready to tell anyone at work. If these symptoms are affecting your work, you should reconsider the thought. Once your employer knows about your pregnancy, while you will not get away with not working at all, adjustments can be made to accommodate your pregnancy. It might be changing the work schedule, or changing your task to be less taxing on you, or moving you to a work space closer to the washroom. At the very least, you will get sympathy for looking like a zombie at 10 in the morning and no longer need to power through your pregnancy symptoms.

You have to puke at work

During the course of your pregnancy, you will have a need to vomit quite often. This might pose a problem when you are in a work space where you might need to excuses yourself from a meeting to go throw up. If you’re throwing up, snacking can help ease nausea, but then you need to stock up on snacks in your desk drawers and some moms think they will get a weird look from doing so. You need to just focus on what makes you feel better so that you can complete your tasks.

However, if nausea and vomiting are particularly bad, you need to talk to your doctor ASAP. Excessive vomiting is not good for your health, and although almost all pregnant women go through it, it doesn’t have to be something you have to suffer with. There are medicines to reduce nausea and make these symptoms become much better while being safe for pregnancy.

You’re completely and utterly exhausted

Many women underestimate how exhausting pregnancy can be. You might even find yourself falling asleep in an important meeting! If it is possible given your work place, you should try to have a short nap. Naps are scientifically proven to give you more energy and make your brain functions better.

You’re the center of (unwanted) attention

When it comes to getting attention, some people might actually prefer not getting it. That’s because there is positive and negative attention. When your co-workers start asking too personal questions, it can be pretty annoying.

Keep in mind that you don’t really need to answer any question that you don’t feel comfortable with. There is no need to be rude since these questions mean well, you might want to be polite and answer them anyway. A good strategy is to ask a question about the other person, because people often like to talk about themselves.

You feel incompetents

Pregnancy brings on a few changes to the brain. Besides changes in hormones, pregnancy can change the brain physically. During this time, your brain is rewiring itself to be ready for motherhood. The part of your brain that controls emotion and connection increase in size while the part related to memory shrinks. The changes combined with exhaustion and stress from preparing for the childbirth can take a toll on the mom.

You have to sit (or stand) all day

Swollen feet are common in pregnant women. The best way to reduce swelling is to rest your legs or keep them moving as much as you can. Change your position if you sit all day at work, and walk around or sit down if you have to stand all day. Movements will get the blood flowing and reduce bloating. Another good tip is to prop your legs up on a stool while sitting down.

Having too much salt in your diet also make the swelling worse. Although eliminating salt from your meals can be difficult, try to limit salt intake. If your feet are too swollen, you should talk to your doctor about using a support hose for yourself.

You’re on a regular bathroom rotation

Pregnant moms often take several trips to the toilet a day to relieve themselves. For some, they might even need to pee after just 5 minutes from the last time they visit the toilet. To completely empty your bladder, you should lean forward while doing your business.

You can’t help but, um, fart

Another embarrassing but completely normal thing during pregnancy is the urge to fart every once in a while. It is easy to understand why this happens, as the womb grows in size, the intestine is pushed around the have considerably less space for food or air. Thus, it’s normal to feel gassy during pregnancy. If you want to reduce gas, you can eat less gas-producing products, such as beans or broccoli, or milk.

Your back is killing you

No matter where you work, at your office, at home, sitting down or standing up, your back will probably hurt a lot. Back pain is the biggest complaint from pregnant moms. To avoid this, you should pay attention to your posture while you sit or stand. A tip is to prop up just one leg. This will change your posture and you can switch leg when you feel a cramp coming up. A good height for the stool is when your knee is above your hips. Back pain can also be reduced by taking walks, wearing supportive shoes or getting a good massage at the end of a work day.

You’re worried you’ll go into labor

When the 9-months mark comes closer, a fear that you will go into labor or that your water breaks start surfacing. A survey shows that only 10% of all women go break their water before going into labor. Of course, if you want to be prepared for the worst (which is your amniotic leaking all over the office), you can bring some maxi pads and a change of clothes and keep them in your drawer at work. The first contraction of labor is often long and slow, so you will have enough time to go home, prepare your belongings and go to the hospital for delivery.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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