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Many women continue working or going to school (or both)
during pregnancy. Doing so can increase your activity level, help you focus on
things other than your body's changes, and prevent you from feeling
Work or school activities that mostly involve sitting can
usually be continued right up to the due date in an uncomplicated pregnancy.
But if your work or school involves more than 3 hours of standing at a time or
a lot of walking or demanding physical activity, discuss with your doctor how
long you can continue this activity. It's likely that you will simply have to
pay attention to how you feel as your pregnancy progresses and take precautions
not to get overly tired.
Your doctor may want
you to reduce or stop working at some point in your pregnancy if you
American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2007). Antepartum care. In Guidelines for Perinatal Care, 6th ed., pp. 83–137. Elk Grove
Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
Cunningham FG, et al. (2010). Prenatal care. In
Williams Obstetrics, 23rd ed., pp. 189–214. New York:
July 23, 2012
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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