This week saw the launch of a brilliant new content series on LinkedIn called #PregnantAtWork.
The series will focus on everything to do with pregnancy and work, from how to tell your boss you’re pregnant through to how to negotiate a flexible work schedule following maternity and paternity leave.
This week, they looked at pregnancy symptoms and how to best manage them at work.
“Keep nibbling on the only food you can keep down during the day, it will help you to keep control of the nausea”.
“I suffered terribly with stiffness and back issues, a booster seat for my chair at work helped, as did using a standing desk”.
Readers chimed in with their own experiences. Sound familiar?
“I felt so sleepy when I was pregnant. Every time I felt so sleepy that I couldn’t stand any more I went to the company parking lot and took a nap in my car.”
“First trimester I had to run across the hall to pee every half hour. It was a warehouse and the closest bathroom was two blocks from my department!”
“Work itself isn’t difficult – it’s the getting to work that’s hard”.
“I had a boss who was a barfer. She kept gallon size zip lock bags in her work bag.”
“I would shut the door and sleep under my desk during lunch.”
And on the tricky issue of when to tell your boss…
“Tell as early as possible – health and safety regulations that need to be in place for pregnant women can only kick in when your company knows you’re pregnant”.
“That you should only tell your employer after 12 weeks if a myth. You are entitled to paid time off for antenatal appointments so tell your employer early and get the benefits.”
Upcoming topics will cover:
- The emotional rollercoaster that is going on maternity leave
- Returning to work after maternity leave
- Flexible working and how to negotiate it with your employer
You can follow the series on LinkedIn using #PregnantatWork