During the final weeks of your pregnancy, you probably get tired so easily that it feels like a major accomplishment to do much of anything (for example, tying your shoes!)
It might seem like every day during your third trimester brings a new, unpleasant side effect. But, you still need to arrive at your job and work like everyone else.
Today, we’re sharing 5 quick tips on how you can survive work when you are very, very pregnant:
1. Pack snacks!
Make sure to have plenty of healthy snacks handy at work. Snacking not only satisfies your hunger, but it’ll give you a much-needed energy boost. Plus, snacks provide both you and your growing baby with the nutrients and extra calories you need.
2. Dress comfortably
We suggest loose, stretchy clothing and flat shoes. You can put together a work outfit and still be comfy. For example, try a maxi dress or maxi skirt. Or dress up an outfit with a scarf, necklace, or bracelets. And there’s always the pregnant lady’s favorite: leggings! You can wear a long tunic shirt or dress with your leggings to make them more work-appropriate.
3. Speak up
Ask your co-workers and boss about making adjustments or changes during your third trimester. For example, you could request to take breaks more often, or for work that doesn’t require lots of standing.
You can also ask for adjustments to your work area. If you work at a desk, try putting a box under your feet to prop them up. Also, ask for a small ergonomic pillow to put behind your back. If you stand at your job, try to take breaks and rest often.
4. Know where the bathroom is!
When you’re pregnant, it’s important to drink plenty of water. Getting plenty of water helps prevent swelling, UTIs, fatigue, constipation, headaches, and overheating. Obviously, the more water you drink, the more you’ll have to pee. So, find where the closest bathroom is, plus a backup bathroom in case that one’s in use.
5. Schedule adjustments and days off
If you can, try to give yourself a day off now and then. You can use it to relax and nap. If your job is super-stressful, sometimes a normal two-day weekend doesn’t give you enough time to wind down.
Some pregnant women find that the typical five-day work week leaves them stressed out and overwhelmed. If you feel like this is happening to you, talk to your supervisor about changing up your schedule a little. Maybe you can work part-time a few days of the week.
Women who have worked with Lifetime on an adoption plan for their child have shared with us they were glad to stay active and busy every day during their last trimester. As one birth mom puts it, “I think that if I didn’t work, I’d have just sat around at home feeling mixed-up about my situation. What helped was knowing that I was making the most of this time and giving my baby the best possible life I could.”