Working While Pregnant
Being pregnant can be an exhausting time for a woman. That’s because it’s not easy growing a human being while trying to keep up with the stress and demands of daily life.
While pregnant, many women still work, go to school, provide for their family, cook, clean, and more. If you’re pregnant and planning on staying active, it’s important that you take care of yourself.
You need to know your limits, remember to rest, and listen to your body. Many women work all the way up to the end of their pregnancy. If your body can handle it, go for it.
Just remember to take care of yourself and the baby you’re growing each and every day. Being successful has nothing to do with being pregnant. A woman is able to do both simultaneously. Your job should be supportive and accommodating.
How to Stay Safe During Pregnancy
Being pregnant doesn’t mean that you have to retreat to the couch and stay there until you’re ready to give birth. As long as your doctor gives you the okay, you can do the same activities you were doing before you got pregnant. You just may need to modify them slightly.
If you were active in the gym beforehand, you don’t need to give that up. You can still hit the treadmill, lift some weights, do yoga, and loosen up your body. There are actually quite a few workouts which are great for pregnancy. A healthy you means a healthy baby.
Help Baby Grow Big and Strong
While pregnant, you want to make sure your baby is getting the proper nutrition. This means that you need to eat healthy when possible, incorporate lots of green veggies, drink water, and make sure all foods are properly cooked to the right temperature.
Sometimes, your body even needs more than what you’d normally give it. Organic prenatal vitamins help to recover any nutritional gaps that a mother may have due to her diet. They also contain vitamins and minerals to help both baby and mamma.
Take Time to Relax at Work and Home
Expecting mothers need to relax whenever possible. It’s important that whenever they’re beginning to feel tired or fatigued, they stop to rest. If you’re someone on your feet for work, it’s important to sit down and take breaks whenever possible.
Your employer should be understanding that sometimes it’s harder to do normal tasks. During pregnancy, a woman’s feet might swell up, they may feel exhausted out of nowhere, and they may be prone to morning sickness. That’s why breaks, even if they’re short 5 minute ones, are crucial for a healthy pregnancy.
Pamper Yourself Whenever Possible
Whenever possible, a woman should remember to pamper herself during pregnancy. This will help her feel better about herself if her emotions ever start to get the best of her. A foot massage can go a long way for tired feet.
A facial and a good night’s rest can help tired and puffy eyes, especially when sleeping is uncomfortable. Small things along the road of pregnancy help everything go smoother overall.
They remind a woman that she is still allowed to feel good and take time for herself. Pregnancy is the last time that a woman will have all of this alone time. That’s why she needs to take time to be in the moment, make the most of what’s happening, and look forward to what is to come.
Know Your Limits
Overall, a pregnant woman knows her body more than anyone else. By being in tune with how she feels, a pregnant woman will know how long she can keep working when she needs to rest, and how to deal with aches and pains. As pregnancy moves along, things get harder.
That’s why it’s important to remember to take time for rest, relaxation, and self-care. A pregnant woman doesn’t constantly need to be on the go; she needs a break, just like everyone else.
Growing a human can be exhausting and no one will fault her for needing more time to relax. A pregnant woman’s life is about to change which can be a scary feeling. She needs to physically and mentally prepare.
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We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.
What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re not talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
That we have to all appreciate the little things and to not take anything for granted.
Appreciation is everything. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?
I’m blessed to have a loving family and friends in my life.
Share with us one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.
Graduating from Arizona State University in 2013.