It is perfectly normal for pregnant women to work during their pregnancy, even during the third trimester, as long as they maintain a healthy work-life balance. While the husband can support his pregnant partner’s decision to follow the aspirations of her career, here are some things he should pay attention to:
Avoiding a dangerous working environment
There is a very good reason for this. During the first 3-8 weeks of pregnancy, everything the pregnant woman eats will have a great effect on the fetus, as their main organs have just started being formed. If the pregnant woman is continuously surrounded by toxic substances, such as benzene, mercury, lead, chlorine, and carbon disulfide, it is even more likely to put the child to serious danger during this critical stage of fetal development.
If a pregnant woman has a desk job that requires being in front of the computer, she should be careful because of the electromagnetic radiation. There is an easy way to reduce and prevent this risk: buy a radiation filter and attach it to the screen. Advise the pregnant woman to keep all metal objects away from the computer, as they may reflect the radiation.
Make sure you do the regular prenatal tests
Accompany her to antenatal screenings and seriously consider doing liver and kidney tests, chest X-ray and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) tests to facilitate an accurate prenatal diagnosis. Get informed on a daily basis about your partner’s pregnancy conditions and find out what to expect at each stage.
Ensure a well-balanced diet
When your partner returns home from work, ask her what she had for lunch and then make a comment to encourage healthy eating. You can go one step further and prepare a package with something tasty and nutritious for her to eat during her lunch break. Also, always have milk specially designed for pregnant women in stock, so that she can drink it in the morning for optimal nutrition.
Insist on her having regular working hours
Towards the end of pregnancy, your partner’s body works even harder to meet the needs of the growing child. Make sure she gets enough rest every day. If she works overtime very often, she may pose a health risk to the child and herself, as studies have shown that hard work may lead to premature births, children with low birth weight and high blood pressure.
Take two weeks off from work
During the latter stages of pregnancy, the child is growing rapidly, which means that the mother's body will undergo significant physiological changes to prepare for childbirth. Taking time off work will not only help her body to better cope with the situation; the healthy state of her body and spirit will also benefit the child.
Always comment on how your partner is doing at work. If she returns home stressed from work, help her relax by doing the errands and undertaking the housework.