Your body goes through a number of changes when you fall pregnant. As well as being easily tired and sporting a bump there are many other factors you have to consider when going to work and commuting when pregnant.
Hydration is something that many ignore or forget about however when you are pregnant it is doubly important that you maintain your hydration levels. Carry a water bottle with you at all times, refilling when necessary and ensure that you set yourself reminders in order to take drinks regularly.
In order to keep your energy levels where they should be during the day when pregnant at work snacking periodically could be a good idea. Choose snacks with nutritional value that will help keep you feeling fuller for longer. Periodic snacking may also help with the nausea that many women suffer with during the early month of pregnancy. Don’t forget to couple your snacking with drinking water or perhaps fruit/ appropriate herbal teas.
Travelling to work in the early weeks of pregnancy should be the same as any other time however as your pregnancy advances you may not feel comfortable driving and may come to dread the daily train commute. If travelling by train book your tickets in advance. This will not only save you money but will offer you the option to reserve a seat so that you are (more or less!) guaranteed a seat.
You could also ask if you could start work 1/2 and hour later, or earlier to avoid the worst of the rush hour. If you live in London don’t forget to pick up your baby on board badge to let other travellers know to offer you a seat.
I have heard lots of horror stories of women who have fainted on the bus or underground. Pregnant women who stand in the same position for a long time are susceptible to dizziness and fainting because blood pools in the lower part of their bodies, depriving the brain of oxygen and putting pregnant women at risk of blacking out. While your baby is not at risk from lack of blood flow or oxygen, you are at risk of serious falls.
To get around the blood-flow problems, make sure to move around as much as possible. If you’re stuck in traffic, try wiggling your toes, moving your feet, or stretching your calf muscles to get your blood circulating.
Dressing for Work
When it comes to dressing for work a large part of what you decide to wear will depend on where you work and what you do. if you are in a uniform contact HR to arrange for alternative or different sized items for when you inevitably start to show. If you don’t wear a uniform the very best advice we can give you is to use layers.
One thing that many women find in pregnancy is that their inner thermostat seems to go haywire. One minute you feel cold, the next you are sweltering! Choosing to dress in layers gives to option to shed and add loose clothing as required. Do make sure that whatever you wear is comfortable, not too tight and flat shoes are always a good (and safer) option.
What are your top tips for commuting during pregnancy?