Morning Sickness And Being Pregnant At Work

by | August 28, 2018

Morning sickness is something that most women have to deal with when they become pregnant. For some women it’s worse than others, but how do you deal with morning sickness and being pregnant at work? If you want to continue working and your pregnancy is going well, you can, of course, stay at work for as long as you want to. It is important though that your job and work environment are safe for you and your baby.

In most countries there are laws that protect pregnant workers, however, if you live in the US the laws around pregnancy and maternity leave are a little different so make sure you check out what the laws are in your country.


Nausea and morning sickness are common side effects of pregnancy. You will most likely be affected at work as well as at home, and despite the name, it doesn’t just affect you in the morning. No, this is an all day affair. You should be over the worst of it by week 16, but until then if you’re working, try to keep some wipes and mouthwash handy.

If your morning sickness is prolonged or particularly severe, you should talk to your doctor about it, and you may end up having to tell your boss about being pregnant at work sooner than expected.

Each stage of pregnancy is likely to affect you in different ways. During the first trimester you may feel tired and/or absent minded. In the second trimester, you may feel more focused and energetic. As you progress into the third trimester you may again feel tired, and more uncomfortable, mostly due to the bowling ball weight you are now carrying.


If you have a colleague who has worked while being pregnant, it may be helpful to speak with them about how you’re feeling and ask how they managed to cope with morning sickness while at work.

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Dressing for work while your pregnant also means making a couple more decisions. You may want to invest in a new work wardrobe, or you could buy a few core maternity pieces and adapt your current wardrobe.

When you first announce your pregnancy, there is likely to be a lot of interest from work colleagues as well as family and friends. While some people enjoy the chance to talk about being pregnant at work and their growing baby, others may not be so inclined to discuss it. If you don’t want to talk about it, let people know in a kind but firm way that you would rather not discuss it.


Here are some tips for taking care of yourself while being pregnant at work.

  1. Accept help. If your colleagues want to help you a bit, like carrying things for you, bringing you water etc, and you don’t mind it, let them.
  2. Work comfortably. If you have a desk job, then working at a computer won’t harm your developing baby. Pregnant women, however, are more susceptible to backache and carpal tunnel syndrome.
  3. Reduce stress. Most jobs have some level of stress, some more than others. If you can’t eliminate the stress of your job then try to find ways to help manage them. Stretching, deep-breathing exercises, yoga, or going for a short walk can all help.
  4. Take regular breaks. If you’ve been sitting at a desk, stand up and stretch. If you’ve been standing, sit down and raise your feet a bit.
  5. Eat healthily. Even though you might be nauseous and not able to hold anything down, try to eat healthily, take supplements, avoid caffeine and too much refined sugar.
  6. Drink plenty of water. You may find that you are thirstier than usual, and that’s completely normal. Try to keep a bottle of water nearby to avoid getting dehydrated.
  7. Wear comfortable shoes. I commend anyone who can wear high heels all day at work, I can barely do it for half the night. Find some comfortable shoes with good support and this will help you, especially if you find your feet/ankles swollen.
  8. Put your feet up. If you work at a desk, try to put a box or stool under your desk.
  9. Dress comfortably. The last thing anyone wants it to feel even more uncomfortable in their changing body and tight clothes may make you feel uncomfortable. Aim for loose, breathable fabrics.
Alex Jones

Associate Editor, USA | Contactable via [email protected]



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