Pregnancy: Work and School Issues
Many women continue working or going to school (or both) during pregnancy. Doing so can increase your activity level, help you focus on things other than your body's changes, and prevent you from feeling lonely.
Work or school activities that mostly involve sitting can usually be continued right up to the due date in an uncomplicated pregnancy. But if your work or school involves more than 3 hours of standing at a time or a lot of walking or demanding physical activity, discuss with your doctor how long you can continue this activity. It's likely that you will simply have to pay attention to how you feel as your pregnancy progresses and take precautions not to get overly tired.
Cutting back or stopping work
Your doctor may want you to reduce or stop working at some point in your pregnancy if you have:
If you have to take time off from work because of pregnancy-related complications, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act may be of help to you. Under this law, if your employer offers medical disability benefits, you are entitled to the same insurance benefits, sick leave, seniority credits, and return-to-work privileges as employees disabled by other conditions.
If you intend to return to work soon after delivery, plan well ahead of time for your maternity leave and child care arrangements. Quality child care providers often have waiting lists. For more information about returning to work, see the topic Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum Period.
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