Your body is changing quickly but often invisibly… and that can cause problems at work, especially if you want to keep the news to yourself for a while.
There are some common worries about working in early pregnancy.
Here’s a round-up of your questions:
When should I tell?
You may not want to tell too early in case of miscarriage, or because you could lose out on work opportunities. But you may need to tell earlier than you had planned if you’re suffering from severe morning sickness, or tiredness.
Is it safe to use a computer ?
Many women have heard the rumour that working in front of a computer all day could harm their baby. But research doesn’t show that being in front of a screen can cause miscarriage or harm to your baby. But you should take regular breaks from your computer anyway; take a walk about, don’t sit for too long in the same position.
Is it safe to stand for long periods?
While it depends on individual circumstances, standing or indeed sitting in one place is likely to become more uncomfortable as your pregnancy progresses. Any job that can be done sitting, should be done sitting. Can your work be done whilst sitting and could a chair be provided? If not, remember to take frequent breaks. Use your lunch break to relax, not run around doing the shopping.
If you feel that work is putting your health or that of your unborn baby at risk, ask your LMC to write a letter to your employer.
Check in with your dentist, you’re more likely to have problems with swollen gums, pregnancy gingivitis, so seeing a dentist is wise. (Note most dentists charge for a check up). Say that you are pregnant so you can be given the right treatment. You won’t be given any X-rays as they could harm your growing baby.
Practice good oral hygiene and be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss everyday.