Pregnancy at Work ⋆

Pregnancy at Work

Tips for handling the pressure

For any expectant parent, the stress of having a child is often amplified by still having to work. As you move towards the end of your nine-month wait, though, you might find working is becoming a bit too much on the body.

From dealing with morning sickness to putting up with that colleague, you can find it tough to stay in an optimistic frame of mind. To help make sure you can get to the end of your pregnancy without losing your mind at work, though, we’ve got some ideas for you to consider.

Make sure your superiors know

Many staff members make the mistake of not telling their boss for as long as possible. It’s understandable why you might do this, too; you may worry they might look at your differently. You should look to tell your boss as soon as you feel comfortable and confident that the pregnancy is moving forward safely and happily.

Talk to them about any concerns you have about how being pregnant might impact on your role, too. They can help you to see what kind of support is in place to help you during this time.

Don’t take poor treatment

At the same time, though, legislation does exist to avoid pregnancy-based discrimination. If you feel like you are being treated poorly after the announcement, you should reach out for support and assistance.

You should look to speak to your senior staff about this, or even go to a human rights commission if you feel like you are being victimized or bullied due to your pregnancy.

Try to change start times

Morning sickness will, for many pregnant women, absolutely floor them. If you are finding it hard to get started and productive in the mornings due to morning sickness, many bosses will be happier to negotiate a slightly later start or a flexible working schedule.

Not every employer can do this, so if you cannot then try to find some kind of balance that suits all parties. It’s always important to try and care for your body. At the least, try and negotiate things like snack breaks – a quick bite to eat is needed to help you manage the energy drain of having a child.

It will also help you to reduce nausea and combat the side-effects of pregnancy a bit better. Try and get a seat as close to the window if you work in an office, too; the more fresh air, the better.

Set a plan in motion for your return

Another thing that can help with any lingering tension regarding your pregnancy is to put a plan in place for your return. If your staff know that you are keen to return but that you might want a lot of privacy during the early months of pregnancy, make that clear.

Speak to other staff in your work who have had children: how did they handle their return to work?

Be clear about what you want to know about the workplace when you are off. This can reduce any uncertainty and also helps to guarantee your commitment to the role.