Being pregnant is a beautiful gift – but that doesn’t mean it is all roses and sunshine. Being pregnant means having to deal with a whole slew of issues, such as:
- Increased urination
- Hormonal changes
Being pregnant is not easy, but many women still choose to work while handling the challenges that go along with it. Is this dangerous? Depending on where you work, having a growing fetus in your belly could be dangerous. Many people ask occupational health companies whether women should be working while pregnant and the answer isn’t black and white. Sometimes it is simply – it depends.
Generally most pregnant workers will be safe to perform their job abilities until they need to go on maternity leave. But let’s say a pregnant woman was employed in a position that required her to wear a protective lab coat or outfit of some sort – and it didn’t fit anymore. It may be time to step away from that job earlier than expected because the worker is now at risk and unable to perform job duties safely. In another situation – if a pregnant employee was required to lift heavy items, she could be in a serious accident. Because her center of gravity has shifted, she may lose balance and fall. While not all jobs require such strenuous labor, it is important to always keep an eye out for hazardous situations that may injure a pregnant employee. One way an occupational health company could prevent a pregnant employee from getting hurt in the workplace could be to implement certain guidelines that would minimize risk. A few would be:
- Be sure to wash hands after contact with hazardous substances and before eating and drinking
- Use gloves, respirators, and protective clothing to prevent hazardous exposure
- Avoid bringing contaminated clothing or objects home. If they must be brought home, do so in a sealed bag and wash separately from other laundry
- Look over safety information for chemicals at work
- Participate in all workplace safety and health education, training and monitoring programs
An occupational health company, such as U.S. HealthWorks, really strives to make sure you don’t ever have to be in a situation that would put any employee at risk.
Sources: Most Pregnant Woman Can Work Safely, www.workcare.com
Symptoms of pregnancy: What happens right away, www.mayoclinic.org