Working while pregnant can be rough, especially if you experience morning sickness. You are tired, worn out, and to top it all off, sick. Below are some tips to help you to deal with your morning sickness at work. Hopefully, these tips can help you to get through the day a little bit easier.
Morning Sickness is characterized by nausea and vomiting, both of which are not fun. Some women can experience weight loss, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and even have to go to the hospital. No matter how minor or severe your morning sickness is, it makes for long days. I hope these tips below help you survive working when you have morning sickness.
Surviving Work When You Have Morning Sickness
Travel: If you drive or take a bus, traveling can be hard. You might find it makes you feel worse being in a moving vehicle. So here are some tips to help.
• Bring a cup of ice water: By sipping it every so often can help lessen the nausea. If you can’t tolerate water, bring a drink like ginger ale that soothes your stomach.
• Fresh air: If you can sit by a window and if you are feeling sick, open it for a little fresh air.
• Extra Time: Make sure if you are driving yourself to give yourself extra time. In case you feel really sick and have to pull over.
• Bags: Make sure to bring a bag in case you get sick in. These can be old grocery bags you get at store, just double it up, to make sure it won’t break. I know it is gross, but better to be prepared then to get sick on yourself.
At the Office: So you made it to work and now it is time to tackle the day. If you are open, make sure to tell your co-workers you are expecting so they know and understand. If they see you away from your desk they know you needed a little bathroom break.
• Snacks: Pack snacks to have at your desk. It is so important to snack often during pregnancy. Even if it is a bite of a granola bar every twenty minutes. I know it feels like eating is the last thing you want to do, but for a lot of women it really helps.
• Toothbrush and Mouthwash: Keep toothbrush and mouthwash at your desk or in purse. You can buy a travel size, and if you get sick, you can brush your teeth.
• Avoid Break Room: If you have a break room, you might try to avoid it around meal times. Some of the smells of food being heated up could really flare up the morning sickness.
• Eating Out: Say someone is ordering from a restaurant and something sounds good, make sure to eat what your body is telling you. Even if that means tossing out your sandwich you were dreading eating. Listen to what your body wants, sometimes those foods can help you get rid of the dreaded morning sickness.
Work Flexibility: If you are lucky enough and can change your schedule up a little you might consider that. If you tend to get morning sickness for the first few hours of work, see if you can come in a little later, or start work at home.
• Ask for Help: If you need someone to cover you while you go to the bathroom, ask a co-worker. That way when you feel sick and need a break they know that they will cover you while you are gone.
• Your own Cubicle: If you work in an office, see if you can have your own office or cubicle. That is a little more private and close to a restroom.
• Breaks: If possible see if you can get an extra break here and there, to take a moment and step outside for fresh air or to lay down.
• Computer Settings: If you work on a computer, consider adjusting the lighting. If it is to bright it can be making your morning sickness worse.
At the end of the day, working while dealing with morning sickness is hard. But if you talk to your boss, they will most likely be understanding and help you anyway possible. If you can’t seem to get through the days, maybe talk to your doctor about medications you can take to lessen the nausea.