The information on this page is for you if you’re carrying the baby and are an ‘employee’ of your organisation. To find out whether you are defined as an employee or another type of worker, the ACAS website can help you work out your employee status.
Pregnancy is not a health condition. Many people continue doing active and demanding jobs until close to the birth. But every person – and every pregnancy – is different. Each job is different too: a tree surgeon, healthcare assistant or lab technician will encounter more physical risks than an office worker. Staying healthy at work means looking at all these factors, weighing up the risks and seeing what, if anything, needs to change.
Common health issues during pregnancy
Here are some of the more common issues that affect people during pregnancy:
- bladder and bowel problems such as constipation, piles (haemorrhoids), needing to wee a lot or having accidents
- dental problems especially bleeding gums
- feeling tired, faint or hot
- high blood pressure
- indigestion and heartburn
- leg problems including cramp, varicose veins, swollen legs or ankles and deep-vein thrombosis
- mental health issues such as anxiety or low mood
- muscle and joint pains backache or pelvic pain
- nausea and sickness – in the mornings, or all the time.
Try thinking about your job and what you do on a daily basis. Which of these would cause the biggest difficulties and how could you overcome them?