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Managing work and pregnancy

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There is an excellent article posted at The Journal Record that discusses the pitfalls and perks of running a small business while being pregnant.

A lot of mothers-to-be who also happen to be working women have this question on whether they should work while they are pregnant or take a well-deserved break (both before delivery and after). I am of the opinion that a woman does not have to take a break from work just because she is carrying a child. My mother was working until the last day of her pregnancy and she used to humorously say that my birth was an accident, actually, due to an accident.

It seems the doctor advised her that the due date was near but she continued to work and on that fateful day (the day I was born :-)), when she was returning from work by the regular bus that she used to go home, the driver had to suddenly apply the brakes due to some problem while driving and this flung my mother who was seated in the last row, to the front of the bus. Immediately she went into labor and within a few hours, I came into this world.

Anyway, my point about women not needing to give up their work is based on many factors. In some families, two incomes are really needed and so even if the woman wanted to take a break, she really can’t. Also anyone who has put in sufficient time in an organization becomes a valuable resource and if a woman were to give up her job solely due to her pregnancy, a productive member is removed from the labor pool, which has ramifications both for the company and for the broader economy and society. Again, work is sometimes a self-fulfilling thing for many women and helps define who they are. Without it, they may get into a depression, what with the morning-sickness and other hormonal imbalances not helping with their mood swings.

Pregnancy is such a routine thing that there is no need for an “extended break” before the child is born, although post-delivery, the new mother certainly has a need to take time off from work to attend on her new-born. With many maternity-friendly employers these days and many women already doing work that can be done from home using computers and telecommunications, a woman can certainly manage her work during pregnancy.


Written by mothersspace

May 28, 2009 at 5:42 pm

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