Pregnancy can have a variety of effects on your working life - most noticeably forcing you to make career versus mothering decisions that will impact both you and your baby. This can be stressful & it is important to look at all your options but also be ready to change if it is not working for you.The time away from the workforce while caring for a baby can often inspire a refocus on career goals. I had sold my boutique hotel The Devereux and was planing on taking a year out to be a full time mother . I was fortunate I did not have to go back to work for a while however I discovered that being a full time mother was not in my genetics . Half way through my pregnancy EGG was hatched!
This pic was taken for Next Magazine 14 years ago with my wonderful business partner and mother Colyn Devereux Kay .
Love your job? During your pregnancy, make sure you discuss your feelings about work with your boss openly and honestly. Perhaps you want to take a year off but want to come back to work and pick up where you left off - just as motivated and ambitious as ever. Perhaps your financial situation or professional passions mean that you are planning on returning to work not long after your baby is born. Make sure that your boss understands your plans and is happy to accommodate them.
If you are not ready to go back fulltime, look into the idea of job-sharing, Many companies embrace this concept as a way to hang on to trusted, reliable employees whose personal commitments (family, extra study, etc) need to take them away from the fulltime work force. It might just work for you.
Make sure you have good childcare arrangements in place. This could mean putting your baby on a childcare waiting list during your pregnancy or as soon as it is born. Alternatively, you might have friends or family happy to help out regularly. Make sure they understand that, if they are offering, their care needs to be reliable and regular in order for you to return to work without worry. An Aupair is a great and cost effective way to get help http://www.aupairlink.co.nz/ and Porse another brilliant option for the mama on a budget http://www.porse.co.nz/
What to wear to work while you pregnant?
Choose comfy fabrics that will grow with you and not leave you feeling too restricted during long working days. If you have a job that has you on your feet all day, make sure you swap the heels for some more practical and forgiving flats. Good for your swollen feet, your aching back and your balance!
Look after yourself at work
It's natural to feel tired, or have occasional aches and pains during pregnancy. Try these tips to help you through your working day:
Take regular breaks. If you've been sitting for a long time, stand up and stretch. If you have been on your feet, try sitting down with your feet up for a few minutes every couple of hours. Don't forget to drink a lot (water is best). Keep a glass of water at your desk, and refill it often. I loved having fresh juices when I was pregnant and if you like the taste for it green juices are your best option . Make a big batch and start the day with one and then a glass at morning tea. Snack regularly with yummy seeds and homemade muesli bars.