The second trimester of your pregnancy is the best phase in qualitative terms. Most of the debilitating symptoms of the first trimester like nausea and heartburn will disappear and your mood swings will stabilise into a more comfortable emotional state of happiness and anticipation. You will by this stage learn to handle your physical condition and work related commitments in an organic manner.
The beginning of the second trimester is the best time to share the big news with your colleagues, in case you have not done so already. As the months advance you will begin “to show” and it is always sweeter to tell your colleagues rather than waiting for them to begin wondering and then ask. You may also need to keep one of your work place friends updated on your condition regularly so that in case of any emergency, she or he can help you deal with it.
If you need to travel for work-related commitments, prepare your travel plans keeping in mind that you will tire out easily and may not be able to cover as much distance in a day as you earlier used to. Taking it easy will be mantra in such situations.
In case your pregnancy has been declared high risk by your gynaecologist and you have been advised bed rest, you may have to take long leave from work, without pay in most cases. If your doctor allows you to work from home, you can discuss the matter with your human resource personnel and find out what your organisation’s policies are for such instances. Many organisations, particularly those engaged in the domain of Information Technology, allow employees to work from home under such special circumstances. In case your organisation does not allow it, you may have no choice but to apply for a long leave till your baby is delivered and reaches two months of age. The mandatory maternity leave due to you will be adjusted from the total period of leave taken by you.
Physically your body will begin to show external changes as your bump will become obvious and your body weight will start increasing. Your gait may slow down as a result of your changing centre of gravity. Hence you will probably need some extra time to physically execute the same amount of work as earlier. For example, if going from one floor to the floor above using stairs used to take you less than a minute earlier, you may need more than two during the last phase of this trimester. Keep this mind when planning meetings and out of office appointments.
You may experience back ache and cramps from sitting down for long hours and your feet may swell due to a condition known as oedema. You should continue taking short walks around the office to keep your blood circulation optimal. This is the also the time to stop wearing high heels to work and invest in more comfortable shoes. You can take the advice of your colleagues who are already mothers and start buying comfortable maternity clothes that you can wear to work.
The health of your baby is directly related to your diet and nutrition. You should continue having smaller meals at frequent intervals. However, the portions per meal may grow larger as you will start feeling more hungry due to the growing demands of your developing baby. Keep snacking on fruits, crackers and nut, and try to avoid spicy and outside food as much as possible. Most importantly, keep drinking sufficient water even while working to keep yourself hydrated.