Friday, January 4, 2013

Staying Comfortable at Work While Pregnant

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If you are like many women, you may want to stay at work for as long as you can while you are pregnant. No matter what your job, working while pregnant can be stressful and uncomfortable. Keeping as comfortable as possible as the months tick by and your belly expands should be a priority. Here are a few tips to help make the workday a little easier.

Keep a Small Fan in the Office

If you work an office job or have a desk, keep a small, battery-operated fan handy. During pregnancy, the internal temperature of the body raises and many women find themselves very warm most of the time. If you share workspace with other people and can not set the thermostat for yourself, a little portable fan will help keep the sweat off of your desk.

Ditch the High Heels

Although pumps or even flats may not look quite as flattering as your heels, it is time to embrace them. Swollen feet don’t cram very well into tiny heels, and it is a well-known fact that an increase in progesterone will have you off balance during your pregnancy. Find a pair of attractive shoes that are comfortable and roomy. You may even want to go a half size up to accommodate your swollen toes. Keep a footstool handy to raise your legs during the day.

Eat Healthy

Forget those quick office lunches at the fast food place down the street. Let your work partners have their fun, you stick to healthy choices only. Bring a fresh salad, fruit, yogurt or other nutrient-dense foods for lunch. Homemade soups are a great idea in the winter. Skip the donuts and coffee in the break room and have a few mixed nuts and some string cheese for a snack instead.

Stay Hydrated

It is very important that you drink plenty of fresh, clean water while at work. Dehydration can cause early labor pains and increase swelling. Although drinking more water will require more frequent trips to the girls room, getting up and walking around at least once every hour is good for both mom and baby.

Stress Reduction

Pregnancy creates a whole gamut of stress that sometimes women are not even aware of. Additional stress can be a real detriment to mom and baby. Staying free from stressful situations is important as well as having a healthy way to deal with stress that arises. Many pregnant women find that a monthly massage, warm baths, exercise or even a few simple deep breathing exercises help when stress rears its ugly head.

Take Frequent Breaks

If your job involves sitting it is important to get up and walk around throughout the day. If your job involves standing, it is important to sit down and put your feet up for a little while. Even if you just do this for your fifteen-minute breaks and lunch hour, it will be a great benefit to your health and comfort level.

About the Author: Susan Patterson is a freelance writer with an interest in health topics. She recently wrote an article about how to find a reputable sperm bank.

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