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Managing Work Stress While Pregnant

Working while pregnant can be one of the most stressful situations in life. Your boss will expect you to report to work during the stipulated time, and maintain your productivity as usual.

On the other hand, pregnancy would alter your emotions, reduce your energy levels, as well as give you persistent aches. These changes can lower your productivity, or may even land you in trouble with your boss.

Are you in such a state? If you are, the following ideas will help you manage work-related stress as you wait for your maternity leave.
1. Notify your boss
Health advisors propose that you acquaint your boss or supervisor once your pregnancy starts changing your regular life. Explain to your boss how the pregnancy might affect your productivity. The information would help you find the support you need to complete your routine chores.
2. Manage your tasks with a to-do-list
At the start of each day, identify and list all the activities you would want to complete. Then, focus on completing one task at a time. You would want to start with the most critical activity and wind up with the least important. The to-do list would help you balance your work and time aptly.
3. Identify and solve the source of your work-related stress
Work-related stress can result from long working hours, failure to meet deadlines, bad relations, harassment, poor organizational skills, or over-supervision. After identifying the cause of your stress, find an ultimate solution to the problem. For instance, if your stress originates from bad relationships with your workmates, improve your socializing skills.
4. Take frequent breaks, and or cut down your workload
Health experts suggest that you take regular breaks whenever you feel exhausted. The time-to-time breaks would help you refresh your mind, restore your motivation, as well as replenish your energy levels. Besides taking frequent breaks, you can consider to request your supervisor to delegate tasks that might not stress you as much.
5. Carry healthy snacks to your workplace
Have you been struggling with morning sickness and or exhaustion? If yes, carry a healthy snack to your workplace. Snacking reduces the frequency of morning sickness, and it provides the energy you need to complete your regular tasks.

Working while pregnant can be a stressful task. Your employer may expect you to maintain your productivity, while your pregnancy would make it hard to meet your employer’s expectations. We suggest that you ensure good communication with your supervisors and your colleagues, take a close watch on your body and continue to eat healthily. On a positive note, there are many women who are able to cope with both their work and their pregnancy well. We wish you a pleasant pregnancy journey!

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