When you’re pregnant and Monday rolls around, it’s more than likely that you just want to roll right back into bed. Between the nausea and fatigue, the thought of making it from morning meeting to lunch-break feels like an eternity. The good news is there are little things you can do throughout the day to ease up on yourself, pep up your energy and soothe your stomach. This is the time to make yourself number one so take a few extra minutes here and there to help you get through the day. We have pulled some tips from our friends at Parents, Fit Pregnancy, and BabyCenter to help you reach the weekend in one piece.
- Just in case, grab a seat by the door during meetings so you can make a quick exit if you start to feel nauseated. – Parents
- [To tackle “pregnancy brain”] take copious notes and use “cheat sheets.” Do your most challenging tasks first thing when you get to work or when you’re feeling your best. Say no to requests to take on extra duties until you see how you are handling the basics. Use your e-mail’s calendar program to keep track of appointments and meetings. – Fit Pregnancy
- Take a walk, even if it’s just around the office. Stand up and stretch every couple of hours to relieve aches, pains and stiffness. – Fit Pregnancy
- Be mindful of repetitive strain injuries. Pregnant women are at a greater risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome because fluid retention can increase pressure inside the carpal tunnel of the wrist and irritate the median nerve. Try to limit repetitive tasks, and make your workstation as comfortable as possible. Request workplace modifications. If your workstation is starting to cause you pain, ask for an ergonomic evaluation. Don’t hesitate to ask for wrist guards, splints, or other equipment that can prevent repetitive strain injuries. – BabyCenter
- Accept help. If your co-workers want to baby you a little, and you don’t mind, let them. – BabyCenter