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Being a Working Mother

Being a Working Mother

How long can I continue working after I am pregnant

Pregnant women who have no complications can continue working until the ninth month. They must however, take certain precautions such as avoiding strenuous activity, stair-climbing, extreme temperatures and smoky areas. They must also take frequent breaks and leave early if they are feeling exhausted. If they have been standing for a prolonged period, they should sit down and put their feet up. Standing for extended periods, lifting heavy objects, stooping and bending should be avoided in the last three months. Pregnant women must eat regular meals. A sedentary job that is not particularly stressful may be less of a strain than staying at home. 

I would prefer to be a stay-at-home mother

Many women around the world feel that having a baby is not just something you do and then move on. In fact, a baby that depends on you for its most basic needs and in many ways is completely helpless. Once you have a baby, you may find that it is not so easy to just get on with your life as you used to know it.  Not only do you consider yourself solely responsible for the care of this child, but also you do not want to miss out on the pleasures of parenting, for which you feel you need to be a full-time mom.  Experts in parenting and childcare have now given the role a new level of significance by calling it the stay-at-home mother, indicating that the decision of leaving your full-time job and career was a conscious choice made by the mother.

Should I go back to work

Resuming full-time work is not a black and white issue.  There are a lot of factors that need to be considered while taking this decision, such as financial circumstances, the financial and emotional support from your partner, the availability of an alternate caretaker, etc. 

All new mothers consider their babies as the most precious thing in the world. This is not to say that women should spend their entire lives looking after their children.  Women are having babies all over the world and their lives are obviously not coming to an end.  In fact, working mothers who are in the prime of their careers should definitely not give up their jobs for full-time motherhood.  Although it may sound like a much-needed break for the first few months, it may lead to disappointment and resentment at one's self, which in turn may get transferred onto the baby.

How soon can I go back to work

In most countries, women are granted three months of paid maternity leave.  Many companies have a more liberal maternity policy where they even allow an extended leave of upto six months or more.

What are the alternatives to full-time work

Most women hesitate in asking their employers for working schedules where they can manage both their personal lives and professional lives.  Women should take the initiative in discussing options such as flexible hours, part-time work, telecommuting or job-sharing.  They may be surprised by the number of women who opted for one of these alternatives and achieved a successful balance.

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suvvy.7 years ago
being a working woman is not easy especially during pregnancy. There is not much help from office. I am pregnant and worried about how i will cope with the demands of pregnancy.
Radhika.10 years ago
very informative article!
arleen Hernandez
arleen Hernandez.10 years ago
i'm a good mother
PREETS.10 years ago
the article gives you a pleasent feeling and removes tension of labour pain for to be mothers very effectively. it is a very good approach for preparing all to be mothers for that wonderful momemnt in her life.
Patricia.10 years ago
i have begun to dread the thought of labour and i have five more weeks to go
Sharan.10 years ago
having had 3 very different labours - the best advice on getting through the contractions is deep breaths' and focus on what you will be getting at the end of it - not on the pain.
health detective 911
to avoid painful labour pains take two dolomite tablets and two bone meal tablets six weeks before delivering. also drink red raspberry tea throughout your pregnancy available at health food stores.
Jov.10 years ago
i had taken an epidural injection for painless delivery 5 years back (2000). i couldnt feel the labour pain only the contractions so delivery was normal and easy. my child was also born healthy. i havent faced any problems after that, i have no backache which generally is a misconception attached to epidural and i am back to my original slim form and fit as a feedle. i am planning to go for a second baby and will definitely go for an epidural again.
sunsun.10 years ago
i think if you take epidural during labor, you don't feel much of pain. it is widely used in many countries , like us , canada, is pretty safe. in india some hospitals also use that.
Aananthi Rajah
Aananthi Rajah.10 years ago
i have 2 kids. my advice to reduce pain and to speed up the process is by walking a lot before delivery. too much walking will loose up the cervic muscles and help speed up delivery with less pain.
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