Congratulations! Pregnancy is your new full-time job. But you still have that other full-time job to worry about, at least until you head off on maternity leave. Before that time comes, however, you'll have to learn how to manage your pregnancy while holding it down at work. We're not saying it will be easy, but you got this. Here are seven tips to help you handle working during pregnancy.

1. Talk to the Boss

Although it is generally recommended to wait until after the first trimester to start spreading the news, when you do decide to tell your workmates about your impending bundle of joy, you should always start with the boss first. Hammering out the details related to your maternity leave can wait until later, but for now you can discuss what to expect and reassure your boss that your productivity will not be affected.

2. Snack It Up

Everybody loves a baby bump, but in order to alleviate less desirable symptoms of pregnancy like morning sickness – which, unfortunately, isn't strictly limited to the morning – you should munch on small, healthy snacks throughout your work day. Goldfish crackers, Kashi bars, carrot sticks, apples, and oranges are ideal for the office, and don't forget to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

3. Boost Energy

Snacking throughout the day will also help to boost your energy and stave off that feeling of fatigue that's bound to hit you. Taking a brisk walk during your break is another way to get your blood pumping and keep you awake through that afternoon swoon. Even popping some mint-flavoured chewing gum can provide a refreshing pick-me-up when you find yourself staring at the clock.

4. Plenty of Rest

At the risk of sounding like your mother, getting to bed a little earlier than you did in your pre-pregnancy days would do wonders for you. Make sure to get plenty of rest when you're not at work, and when you are on the clock, allow yourself to take regular breaks. Trust us, you deserve it, and this may be the last time you'll be able to relax before your little one is born.

5. Manage Stress

There are few things more stressful than being pregnant and preparing to welcome a new life into the world, but there are ways to effectively manage your stress and make your work day more bearable. Prenatal yoga will provide a relaxing outlet for your tension and allow you to connect with your changing body on a whole new level. Stretching, deep breathing, or simply taking a walk are other options to reduce your stress. By cutting down on your stress and anxiety, you will feel more energetic and ready to tackle your work load.

6. Stay Comfortable

You can try to put off shopping in the maternity section as long as you want, but it's only a matter of time until you'll come to rely on those comfy clothes and shoes during a long, hard day at work. Fashionable business wear is available for pregnant women at most retailers, and you can even order online to save yourself a trip to the store.

7. Schedule Appointments Wisely

Try to schedule your doctor's appointments either before or after work, or during your lunch break if the clinic is close enough. Keep your work calendar in mind so you don't book an appointment for the same day as an important meeting or a crucial presentation. Whenever possible, organize your daily schedule to reduce travel and take it easy if you can. Above all else, remain focused on the task at hand, whether it's work or baby-related.

As always, consult your doctor if you have any concerns related to working while pregnant. You can visit a medical malpractice lawyer for compensation, in case of any negligence caused by a doctor during pregnancy.

Most women continue to work during pregnancy. By making some reasonable accommodations at your place of employment, you can successfully cope with pregnancy. Plan ahead with these tips to help ease stress at work during pregnancy.

Written by Emily Green for Working Mother and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

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