Thank you again for all of your kind words on my pregnancy posts and news thus far. Your encouragement and support has been wonderful! Thankfully, I am now starting to feel a lot better as I’m now in the 2nd trimester. Today I’m popping in to share some helpful tips for anyone working and looking to navigate those nasty 1st trimester symptoms! I’d love to hear your own tips and thoughts in the comments below!
Navigating the 1st Trimester While Working
- Pack a lot of snacks that you can stomach: Pack lots of snacks to munch on throughout the day. Find what you can stomach and go for it! When you’re sick, the 1st trimester is more about survival and keeping food down than anything else!
- Tell your boss early on if nausea is severe: Decide if it’s appropriate to let your boss or direct supervisor know you’re pregnant before the 1st trimester is over. Depending on the job and relationship, it may be beneficial for them to know so their expectations are on par with your’s.
- Bring a toothbrush, toothpaste, mints, and a hair tie: No one wants to get sick at work, but packing these items in small or travel sizes in your purse could be a life saver!. If you do get sick, you can at least freshen up after and not feel worse!
- Keep your Water Bottle out and filled: Being dehydrated often makes the nausea worse, so keep drinking throughout the day. If plain water is making you feel worse, try flavored and/or carbonated water. I also liked to sip on Ginger Ale on really tough afternoons.
- Remember Baby and Rest is #1 now: Some days you might just have to call in sick. Although you can’t do this too often, don’t be afraid to make that call on really severe days. Getting rest is the most important thing for you now!
- Find Your Scent: Find smells that help keep your nausea down. Common helpful scents are peppermint, citrus, and ginger. I also loved the smell of slightly burnt toast (don’t ask me why?!).
- Keep Ziplock Bag on Hand: No one wants to get sick in public, but keep a bag in your purse for emergency. This was especially important for me as I commute by train!
- Invest in Comfortable Work Appropriate Clothes: You’re already feeling like a hot mess, so don’t make it worse by wearing tight uncomfortable clothes. Even if you’re not showing yet, get yourself some comfortable work clothes!
- Keep Ultra-sound Photo Close: I kept an ultrasound picture in my wallet and when I was feeling really bad I would love to just look at it. It was a way for me to “keep my eyes on the prize”.
Favorite nausea remedy? How did you navigate working while pregnant?
Tell me in the comments below!