From the big moment when your pregnancy is confirmed, till the day your baby is finally born, your life will go through an emotional and physical rollercoaster. The first four to six weeks of your pregnancy will be the time when you will probably not be aware of the fact that you are pregnant unless it was a planned process. Your colleagues may hint at changes in your behaviour, you may feel dizzy or nauseous and a routine workday will tire you easily. The first 12 weeks are when your hormones are raging inside your body to support the rapid development of a zygote into a foetus and you will be able to feel the manifestation of all these changes physically and emotionally. All of this is bound to affect your work life, though not always in a negative way.
Once you are aware of being pregnant, you have to start being cautious about your diet, your stress level and general safety. If you have a job that involves travelling frequently, you may have to confide in your senior colleague/s and explain the situation to them. Most senior management people are empathic towards pregnant employees and can help you create a work plan that uses your skills and competence without compromising on the health of your pregnancy.
If your job is desk bound, you have the choice of disclosing your condition after a few more weeks. However, it is advisable to take one of your colleagues into confidence and make him or her aware of your condition so that in case of any sudden emergency he or she would be able to step in and help you deal with the situation.
The level of stress you go through will have a direct bearing on the health of your baby. Try and keep yourself as stress-free as possible. If required, seek help from others, even if you are not used to doing so. Communicating your needs to others does not make you any less competent. Contrary to our perception, co-workers tend to be a strong pillar of support during the pregnancy tenure. After all, who does not feel warmly about the prospect of new life growing around them?
What you eat will affect the growth of your baby. Do not be so engrossed in your work that you miss or skip meals. Since most pregnant women are affected by nausea and heartburn during the first trimester, eating small meals at regular intervals is beneficial. You can munch on fruits, crackers, nuts every two hours to keep the overwhelming feeling of throwing up at bay. Avoid eating spicy food or eating out frequently. They will only add to your woes at this stage. Simple, home cooked food is best for you.
Walking around your office for a few minutes after meals or every two hours or so will help avoid back pain and cramps.
Avoid carrying your mobile phone in the pockets of your trouser or jeans during the pregnancy period. Though research has not proven to be conclusive one way or the other, the non-ionising electromagnetic radiation emitted by your mobile phone may be harmful for your baby. Erring on the side of caution, minimal use of mobile phones is advisable during pregnancy period.