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Pregnancy: Work and School Issues

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Many women work or go to school (or both) while they are pregnant. It can keep you active and engaged.

You can probably keep working right up to your due date if there are no problems with your pregnancy. Women who have uncomplicated pregnancies can usually keep working or going to school until they go into labor.

On the other hand, long periods of standing, repeated lifting, or activities that are very tiring may increase the risk of poor fetal growth, preeclampsia, or preterm labor.

Talk with your doctor or midwife if you have to stand for more than 3 hours at a time, walk a lot, or be very active at work or school. There are things you can do to help you have a healthy pregnancy.

In general:

You may need to cut back on or stop working at some point in your pregnancy if you have an issue such as:

Credits for Pregnancy: Work and School Issues

Current as of: November 9, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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