Can you work during pregnancy? Until when can you work? The answer depends on your health, the health of your baby and the type of job you do. Consult your doctor, nurse or midwife, he or she can help you plan when you stop working.
Is it safe for me to work during pregnancy?
For most women experiencing no complications during pregnancy, the type of job they do not usually pose health risks for her or their baby. However, if your job is physically demanding, your doctor, nurse or midwife may recommend changes during pregnancy.
You may also be at risk if you work with certain chemicals, solvents, fumes or radiation. Pregnant women should be vigilant and follow all safety guidelines. If you are pregnant, your health care provider may advise you to avoid contact with some of these harmful agents in the workplace. Your employer may also have policies in place to protect pregnant women.
Work activities requiring discussion with your health professional
If your job involves any of the following, talk with your doctor, nurse or midwife, who may recommend changes.
– Being in an inclined position or squatting more than ten times per hour
– Climb a ladder more than three times during a shift of eight hours
– Standing for more than four hours at a time
– Climb stairs more than three times per shift
– Work more than 40 hours per week
– Work per shift
– Lift more than 23 pounds after the 20th week of pregnancy
– Lift more than 11 pounds after the 24th week of pregnancy
– Being in an inclined position or squatting or climbing a ladder after the 28th week of pregnancy
– Lifting heavy items after the 30th week of pregnancy
– Be standing for more than 30 minutes every hour after the 32nd week of pregnancy
– Working with chemicals, solvents, fumes or radiation