How To Cope With The Demands of Work During Pregnancy

Healthy women with a normal pregnancy can work until they are close to delivery. Although the changes in the body affect productivity, it is possible to work through the pregnancy period.

I have heard of women who worked until a few days to delivery. You do not have to compare yourself to anyone as it is all about individual capacity and strength. Know your limits and work around it.

The most challenging period during pregnancy is usually the first and third trimesters. During the first trimester, many pregnant women battle with morning sickness, headaches and general discomfort in the body. While at the third trimester, fatigue and tiredness is on the high.

Here are tips on how to cope with the demands of work during pregnancy;

Avoid complaining about the challenges you are experiencing during your pregnancy. Your complaint should be directed at the doctor not everybody.

Take a few minutes off for private moments at work. This would work especially during breaks.

Use the treatment provided by your healthcare provider to relieve morning sickness and if it is hard on you then you may have to tell your employer earlier than you may plan to do so.

Present your need for work flexibility while committing to getting your work done, So it doesn’t appear like you do not want to do your job.

Break up your tasks to enable you to move around. Do not sit for a long time, take breaks, move around every two hours to enable fluids to move well in your system.

Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. The temptation to look so trendy and hit it off on heels is strong but avoid it. This is the time to get your flat heeled shoes out.

Drink a lot of water. Keep a bottle of water close by where you can reach for it to drink at different intervals.

Eat well! You do not need to eat for two. Just ensure you take small meals, snacks, and food rich in fibre regularly

Be careful of repetitive strain injuries caused by pressure on the wrist from doing an action repetitively.

Rest as much as you can. If you work so hard at work then you have to reduce your activities at home.

Use all the help you can get. If someone offers to help you with something, you do not have to hold tightly to it. Let go and accept help.

Sometimes you want to work, but circumstance during pregnancy will not let you keep a job. Here are some of the reasons you may have to stop working or reduce your hours of work because of pregnancy.

  • Women who are at risk of preterm labour which includes women who are expecting multiples.
  • Women with high blood pressure
  • Women at risk of preeclampsia.
  • Women diagnosed with placenta previa
  • Women with cervical insufficiency

It is great to work during pregnancy but you need to know your breaking point and do not stretch it. Give yourself a break. If possible, start your maternity leave a week before your estimated day of delivery so you can rest, pamper and indulge yourself whilst preparing for the coming of your baby. This is because when your baby comes; there will be no time for yourself like you have now.

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Avocado Is Good For Pregnant Women

Since I’ve known the beauty benefits of eating avocado, I don’t only eat it, after scooping out the inside and eating it with salt, I’ll rub some on my face and I tell you, it’s doing a lot for my skin. Recently, I stumbled on a study which found that avocado have a lot of benefits for pregnant women, it makes sense. The benefits of avocado is numerous and it keeps increasing, avocados are full of good fat, remember pregnant women are advised to take foods rich in folic acid when pregnant?

Good news is, avocado is a great source of folate, and especially important during the first 3 months of your pregnancy. A new study, published in the journal Nutrients, looked at the role of avocados in the diets of pregnant and lactating women. According to the study

“Avocados are unique among fruits and vegetables in that, by weight, they contain much higher amounts of the key nutrients folate and potassium, which are normally under-consumed in maternal diets. “Avocados also contain higher amounts of several non-essential compounds, such as fiber, mono-unsaturated fats, and lipid-soluble antioxidants, which have all been linked to improvements in maternal health, birth outcomes and/or breast milk quality“. Currently, US dietary advice applies only to those aged two years and above.

As to how much avocados you can eat in a day, this is what a reproductive specialist and nutritionist Doctor Andrew Orr says, “You actually can’t eat too many of them! They are full of good fats (omega oils), protein, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and more. They’re great as a meal on their own, in green smoothies, desserts, dips… I love using them for breakfast!” He adds, “On a traditional Chinese medicine level, avocado is nourishing to both the womb and the baby. Avocado should definitely be eaten during pregnancy – and it’s a great food for fertility too”

So what’s stopping you from eating avocados every single day? It’s affordable, as you can get one for as low as #50 and you can make delicious meals out of it, I love love love guacamole.

Here are 4 delicious recipes you can try;

1. Avocado On Toast

This is simple to make and filling if you use wheat bread, mash or slice the avocado on toast. Use wheat bread as it’s healthier and  there are other ways to eat your avocado.

2. Avocado Salad 

Salad is not only healthy but you’re taking most of your nutrients all in one meal, add avocado to your salad mix to make it even more healthier. Trust me when I say avocado taste great in salad.

3. Guacamole

Guacamole is not only simple to make but delicious! To prepare, mash up an avocado, then add some lime and salt to taste (or skip the salt altogether). You can eat guacamole with boiled eggs, noodles and what have you. 

4. Baked Egg In An Avocado

Baked eggs in avocados tastes heavenly! Cut your avocado into two, remove the seed inside, place it on a bowl making sure it’s balanced so it doesn’t tip over. Then crack two eggs in a bowl, make sure the yolk doesn’t split, then spoon the two yolks into the centre of each avocado hole, add egg white until each hole is full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 220C (425F) until the eggs are cooked. You can choose to season with salt, pepper or anything you like.It’s a delicious delight.


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