How can I help ease the job-related anxiety during pregnancy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you're worried about how to deal with your job, it's best to have the talk with your boss sooner rather than later. When you're ready, tell your employer about your prenatal visits (many women tell only one friend until after the first trimester is completed), but also ask how you can help manage the burden that will come when you're on maternity leave. Because it won't be easy for your co-workers, who may have to cover for you while you're away, it can help ease the burden by lining up options a few months in advance.

This kind of planning helps ease their worry - and, in turn, makes it easier for you. And be up front: If you think you can financially handle a three-day week instead of five, just ask. Most bosses would rather have frank discussions in advance than have you ignore the issue - and try to make up ground later. Plus, it's not a bad idea to chat with HR just to go over family leave policies and options.
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