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10 Tips to manage morning sickness at work.

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

Congratulations, you are pregnant. Pregnancy is a joyous thing but it's a package that comes with morning sickness, nausea, mood swings, tiredness and in some cases some associated health complications ,though symptoms at times varies from person to person. Morning sickness is very common in the first trimester; this is due to the high levels of hormones present, this is usually accompanied by nausea or vomiting or a combination of both. The morning sickness settles when the placenta takes over the supply of nutrients to the foetus between 12 to 14 weeks. The following tips would help you manage morning sickness at work.
• Have a bottle of water on your desk and take a sip when your mouth is dry or when thirsty.
• If your desk is not close to the bathroom, have plastic grocery bags or freezer plastic bags handy if you need to vomit and wouldn't make it to the bathroom just on time. Make sure to check for holes if using a grocery bag as many you don't want to make a mess on the floor .
• Make sure you have a personal dirt bin close enough preferably a metal bin which should be  emptied every day .
• If you commute to work and has been sick on the way, freshen up at work .
• A cold rag wrapped around the neck or on fore head could relieve nausea .
• Keeping a toothpaste and brush in the handbag could be handy for freshening up after being sick or after food, you can choose to use fruity flavor toothpaste .
• Having healthy nibbles like fruits keeps the energy levels up before meal breaks and relieves nausea .
• Dressing smartly to work may help boost your confidence, appearance and relieve morning sickness .
• Breathing and relaxation exercises have been shown to be useful in combating morning sickness .
• Keeping a slice of lemon close by on your desk and sipping lemon juice or gingered tea is very helpful .
• Telling your boss about the pregnancy though not compulsory before 26 weeks in most places in the UK, you need to check the policy and procedures for pregnant women in your workplace for this information. Informing your boss early enough could make life easier at work as many work places have procedures to evaluate and assess risk based on your job and take you off jobs that are too physically demanding and could affect the pregnancy .
• Telling your colleagues could be helpful in some cases .


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