Whether working from home has become a permanent solution for you, or is just a temporary situation while you’re pregnant, it’s essential to put your comfort first. You may have had access to a more ergonomic work station in the office, so it’s important to recreate this at home. Working at home all day has its challenges, even if you’re not expecting, so you need to find ways to make your life easier. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.
Ensure you have an ergonomic set-up
Never neglect the importance of an ergonomically correct set-up. You need to ensure your chair provides you with sufficient back support, as there couldn’t be a more important time to protect your posture. You may also want to invest in an ergonomic keyboard and mouse for wrist support. Without the right equipment, you could experience fatigue, headaches, and eye strain due to inadequate working conditions. Speak to your employer and find out if they can provide you with a more ergonomic set-up.
Take frequent breaks to move and stretch
Whereas you need a comfortable place to work, you may also want to move around during your working day. There’s no harm in taking your laptop into the kitchen for a bit if you’d rather be on your feet. In fact, you could aim to move around and stretch as frequently as every thirty minutes. You could put a little post-it reminder on your screen so you remember to stretch your legs from time to time. There are also a few stretches you can do at your desk.
Stick to a routine
Many people find that working from home increases their productivity, but it’s still important to stick to a routine to stay on track. Prioritise your work tasks in order of urgency and set yourself a little deadline for each. Schedule your breaks and set aside time in the evening for other life admin tasks such as arranging activities or booking school ski trips for your other children, or sorting out your latest credit card bills. This will help you maintain a work/life balance.
Know your rights
It’s important to know your rights if you’re working while pregnant. Ensure you are in constant communication with your employer and let them know if you feel any work-related issue is affecting your health. If you have any other concerns about working from home while pregnant, you can find out all the information you need from the official NHS website.
Always put your comfort first
It’s more challenging to be productive if you’re uncomfortable so it might be worth investing in some new maternity wear. Bear in mind your position during the working day as well and choose your maternity wear accordingly. With the hot weather, it’s easy to succumb to summer fatigue, make sure you get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, and remember to eat well. Always put your comfort first while working from home and you’ll feel more focused and motivated.