With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we were forced to start working from our homes instead of going to the office. In the beginning, there were a lot of apprehensions and doubts whether or not it would work out. But as the work-from-home culture has been here for over a year now, we can safely say that it has in fact become the norm. So much so that, many office goers now prefer working from home and would like to continue this way. And their choice is not unreasonable. Physically going to the office involves time taken for the commute, cost of the commute, eating outside, and so many other factors that consume both time and money. If the same work can be done from the comforts of our homes, why not let it be. And when it comes to pregnant women, the logistics around work-from-home further outweighs going to office.
Being pregnant is hard enough. The uncomfortable symptoms of nausea, exhaustion, body ache, backache, and whatnot are difficult to deal with. But when you’re working from home, there are things you have the liberty to do that you wouldn’t if you had to step out and go to the office. So, maybe, working from home makes pregnancy a tad bit easier. Do you agree? Let’s find out! Here are eight reasons why pregnancy is easier when you work from home:
1. Morning Sickness
Imagine you’re in a meeting, and it’s your turn to pitch an idea to your boss, and nausea decides to pay a visit. That would be so embarrassing and unprofessional! Sure, your boss would probably understand! But what if you haven’t told anyone about your good news? What if you wanted to wait until after three months? Now, you’re just in an awkward situation with your boss and teammates. They probably think you have a hangover!
With work-from-home, you don’t have to worry about these things. You could be throwing up all day (we know it’s no fun), and still, sit in on meetings. So, yay?
2. Maternity Clothes
As you progress into your pregnancy, your wardrobe needs a revamp. You stop fitting into your clothes because your breasts become larger, your legs become bigger, and your belly becomes uncontrollable. If you were going to the office, you would have to buy an entirely new wardrobe to accommodate your work attire. But with work from home, you don’t have to worry about it at all. You can wear oversized clothes and chill in your jammies without worrying about work-appropriate clothes.
It’s important to exercise even during pregnancy. Getting your body moving during pregnancy helps prepare your muscles for childbirth. The core and back muscles play a vital role towards the later stages of pregnancy as well as during childbirth. A good exercise regime early on will strengthen your body for the challenges of the coming weeks. There’s plenty of exercise that can be done even when you’re pregnant. Be it stretching, yoga, walking, or light cardio, choices are galore.
Working from home lets you squeeze in a short workout session even during work hours. This is often not possible when you’re working from the office. You can take out a 15 minute break for that soothing meditation or yoga session easily. If you like taking a nice little walk outside, you can take it as you don’t have to worry about the long commute back home.
It’s no surprise that pregnancy makes you clumsy. Don’t get us wrong; we don’t blame you at all. But dealing with all those bodily changes is not easy. Add a huge belly to the mix, and it is bound to result in some clumsiness. You probably drop things, struggle to pick them up, or want to be bra-free to feel comfortable. And with work-from-home, you can, without being embarrassed that people are watching you!
You probably have a doctor’s appointment every week or at least every other week. You also have to visit the dentist, surgeon, hospital, and other places while preparing for your little one’s arrival. In the midst of all this, you might even have meetings scheduled with clients or investors for your company. Your way around juggling with these multiple appointments becomes a tad bit easier when you’re working from home.
6. Seating Comfort
When pregnant, it’s often difficult to sit in one particular position for a long period of time. Also, it’s more comfortable to sit in a lounge, sofa or the bed, instead of the office chair. At home, an expecting mother can adjust her environment the way she prefers. Same cannot be said for all offices. If working from the comfort of one’s home, seated in one’s favorite chair brings out more productivity from the person, why not do that.
7. Frequent Visit To The Loo
During pregnancy, the need to visit the loo can be more frequent than usual. It’s always more comfortable to be using one’s home toilet than one at the office or any public place. Frequent visits to the loo may also raise some eyebrows which expecting mothers might feel uncomfortable dealing with. At home, it’s much more convenient as well as hygienic taking care of your business.
The daily commute can take a toll on a pregnant body. Often commutes are time taking as well as costly. If you’re someone who has to take public transport to work, it can get all the more inconvenient. You’ll have to scramble to get a seat, or push yourself through crowds. All these are not advisable for an already fatigued pregnant body. You save yourself from this daily struggle by working from home.
What started as a precaution due to a pandemic has now become a great advantage to several people. Working from home is a blessing in disguise for most people, and pregnant women can reap the benefits of it entirely. How has working from home made your life easier? Let us know in the comments below!