With all of the physical concerns that pregnancy brings, you may
wonder whether you ought to stop working. The vast majority of women
can continue to work during pregnancy, even until their due date.
Women whose pregnancies are high risk (like those carrying multiples
or a history of preterm labor), however, may need to take maternity
leave earlier than others so they can get the rest they need.
Even if your pregnancy is not high risk, follow these measures to stay healthy and rested during your workday:
Special Job Considerations
A few jobs might pose a risk to you and your baby, in which case you might have to scale back or modify your activities. If you have a job that requires heavy physical activity, check with your health care provider. You may be so fit that you don't need to change anything. Most providers, however, will want you to avoid activities that require good balance; pregnancy changes your center of gravity and makes falling more likely.
Likewise, if your job involves heavy lifting, try to find ways to avoid straining your back, especially during the second and third trimesters, when your abdomen is getting bigger. If you can avoid heavy lifting completely, all the better.
You should also check with your health care provider if you work with strong chemicals in your job. A face mask and thick gloves might be all you need for protection, but it depends on the chemical.