Juggling work, home and pregnancy can be really grueling during the last trimester with backaches, frequent bathroom visits and panic attacks.
Some smart and easy tips can really make a difference in your stress level and make you feel in control of the situation once again.
- Talk to your team and manager in advance about the changes you would need in the last few weeks including flexible work hours, avoiding strenuous work, frequent breaks and comfortable work shifts.
- Make your workplace comfortable. Stretch, keep your feet up, use ergonomic equipment and support your back with a pillow. If you need to sit in one place for a long time, try taking short breaks at regular intervals and walk around.
- If you really need to lift up something light, do not bend at your waist. Bend at your knees and save your back from the trouble. Do not feel hesitant in asking for help.
- Keep yourself well hydrated. Drink lots of water and snack smartly.
- Don’t stress yourself by trying to prove to yourself and everyone that you can do everything on your own like before. There will be plenty of time later after delivery to meet the expectations.
- Wear comfortable, loose and breathable clothing. Talk to your boss or HR, if you have a dress code and do not feel relaxed wearing it. Wear comfortable flat shoes to relax those swollen feet.
- Take time out to relax by practicing relaxation techniques, listening to music or try napping in the break room or sick room after meals.
- Come to an agreement with your team and boss about not taking anything new after a certain date when the due date is close or feel you would not be able to complete it well in time.
- Take some days off, if possible during weekdays, when you can unwind without having to worry about running errands, house chores or taking care of the family.
- Consider wearing belly bands if you are in a job where you are supposed to stand for longer hours or run around.
While many women continue to work right through their third trimester and even right up till when their water breaks, every woman has a different pregnancy, a different job and different home situations. So do not compare. Keep in mind that this is the time to take care of your own health and your baby. Try to enjoy your pregnancy. Know your rights, understand your body and make choices at work for a healthy and happy pregnancy.