Pregnancy is not the end of career; it can be regarded as beginning of a new life. Being pregnant and working is absolutely fine. Some care is needed. Follow are general work and pregnancy related queries and solutions.
Q. I am a sales
executive in a large company. I have
just found out that I am pregnant. How
long can I continue to work after I become pregnant?
This really depends on the type of work you are doing. In most cases, assuming your pregnancy
is proceeding normally, (and unless you are an astronaut or a trapeze artist!),
you can continue to work right into your ninth month.
There are certain precautions you could take – avoid
strenuous activity, such as stair climbing, extreme temperatures and smoky
areas. Do not carry heavy weights or
attempt very bumpy bus rides. Eat
regular meals and take frequent breaks. You should take care of yourself more seriously, avoid eating zero value
foods while on the move. The daily
commute and the usual grind of an everyday job should not come in the way of
your pregnancy. However, you should pay
attention to “spotting” or other signs of stress
and you must follow the instructions of your gynaecologist in this regard.
Q. I am normally so full
of energy, I can put in the extra hours without any problems. I am just 3 months pregnant. Why am I so tired?
Your body is in the process of creating a baby. Fatigue is natural. The best way to combat fatigue is to get some
extra sleep. Avoid unnecessary stress
A deficiency in iron or calcium can also cause fatigue. So eat well. Do not indulge in sweets or junk foods which provide calories with little
nutrition. Sometimes fatigue is caused
by too much rest. In such cases light
exercise such as a walk,
will give you a boost.
If you experience breathlessness, pallor, palpitations or fainting
it is absolutely essential to report this to your gynaecologist.