As I noted last week, while we certainly don’t advocate a 1950’s approach to working during pregnancy, we do advise our patients to make some common-sense adjustments to their work behaviors. These adjustments will increase your comfort, and in some cases, help keep you safe.
Here are some basic tips:
- Avoid lifting or pushing heavy objects.
- Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time.
- Minimize climbing stairs when possible.
- Increase rest periods within work guidelines.
- Eat nutritious snacks (not empty calories).
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Empty your bladder frequently.
- Wear comfortable clothing and low-heeled shoes.
- Create a comfortable work environment with optimal lighting, thermostat settings, and a chair that provides good back support.
- Avoid second-hand smoke as much as possible.
- Avoid exposure to harmful substances in your work environment; again speak to us about specifics and / or see OSHA for further details.
Finally, there are some individual cases where it simply is not safe for an expectant mother to work. In these situations, our doctors and nurses may advise you to simply stop. Here are just a few situations where a break may be warranted:
- Vaginal bleeding or problems with the placenta
- Contractions of other signs of preterm labor
- Multiple pregnancy; if you are carrying twins or triplets, you are at increased of
- preterm labor and thus premature delivery (see above)
Please know that we are always here to listen to your concerns and to help guide you throughout your pregnancy. If you haven’t already, please book your next pre-natal appointment at 352-366-0381 or get more information about our practice by filling in our patient contact form.
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