12 Useful Tips To Handle Night Shifts During Pregnancy

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Working through your months of pregnancy is quite a norm now. Are you about to become a mommy and still working? More so, are you working in night shifts? If yes, chances are, you could be at a risk of miscarriage, pre-term delivery or stillbirth.

Pregnancy And Night Shift Work

Can you work night shift when pregnant? Working night shift while pregnant is a problem that is commonly faced in today’s work scenario. Sickness during pregnancy makes your condition worse at night shifts. In the worst case, you can only catch up on your sleep during weekends.

If you are compelled to work in night shifts during pregnancy, you have to take very good care of your health.

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Problems Faced In Night Shifts During Pregnancy

Though you take extra care of yourself during night shifts, you cannot escape from the problems below:

  • Lack of co-workers to help you during emergencies.
  • Lack of sound sleep that is essential during pregnancy.
  • More volume of work especially at night will lead to stress.
  • Loud noise of people or machines at night is disturbing.

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Professions That Affect Your Health During Pregnancy:

Certain professions may demand you stay alert through the night shifts:

  • If you are a doctor on night duty, you have to be alert physically and mentally throughout the night.
  • If you are working in an international call center, you have to attend calls for the entire night.
  • Software engineers working in front of computers, for a long stretch at night, may suffer mental stress, a high risk of pre-term delivery or fetal loss.
  • Flight attendants are at a high risk of pregnancy termination if they have to attend night flights regularly.

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12 Essential Tips For Working In Night Shifts During Pregnancy

Sometimes you cannot avoid night shifts during pregnancy, but you can be cautious by following the below points:

  1. Inform your superiors about your pregnancy so that they may give you some facilities in case of any emergency.
  2. Do not wear tight clothing.
  3. Try to sleep at least seven hours in a day.
  4. Do not work too much to boost your performance.
  5. Be careful in case you work with harmful chemicals.
  6. Talk to your superiors if you are sick and need leave.
  7. Take regular breaks and walk around. It will help in checking swollen feet and prevent backaches.
  8. Consume a lot of fluid during work.
  9. Consume green tea, almonds, raisins, berries, greens and other healthy foods at night.
  10. Do not consume non-vegetarian meals at night as it leads to indigestion.
  11. Carry a night-aid kit containing medicines.
  12. It is better for you to avoid caffeine beverages at night as it can cause acidity and other problems.

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Learn about your company’s maternity policies. According to experts, you can work up to six months of your pregnancy. Most work places allow you leave in your third trimester.

Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy:

  • Resting during day is important for you, as you work in night shifts.
  • Exposure to sunlight is also very important. So it is advisable for you to go out in fresh air for at least an hour.
  • Consume lots of milk, cereals and pulses during the day.

It is very important to keep yourself healthy. Try to avoid night shifts, as it can be risky for you and your little one. Try to stay calm and happy at work. If you have any mental stress, speak to your dear ones and get relaxed.

We wish you a happy, calm and safe pregnancy!

Please do share this article with all mothers-to-be and the fathers as well.

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Sadiya Qamar

Sadiya is a writer and editor with a passion for writing about parenthood and children. Her focus areas are health, wellness, and beauty. For MomJunction, she writes on kids’ health and nutrition.  Sadiya believes in doing in-depth research and providing accurate information to help parents with concerns on their children’s growth and development.