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Date:5/2/2008

Tips for pregnant women who are working

FRIDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy is hard work, and it's even harder when you're working while pregnant.

"By anticipating and planning for some of these challenges, working mothers-to-be can enjoy these nine months both on the job and off," Dr. Tamara Kuittinen, an emergency medicine physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and an expecting mother, said in a prepared statement.

Colleague Dr. Laurie Zephyrin, an obstetrician/gynecologist, advises that pregnant working women bring any questions or concerns to their doctor, especially if they are older than 35 since those women run a higher risk for complications like preterm labor and preeclampsia.

"There are no signs or symptoms that you shouldn't discuss during your pregnancy. This will help us catch any potential problems that can be prevented or treated in order to keep you and your baby safe and healthy," Zephyrin said in a prepared statement.

Here are answers to what the two doctors said are the 10 most common questions about working while pregnant:

  • How do I fit in doctor visits? Visits start as monthly, then increase until they are weekly in your final month of pregnancy. Schedule appointments during your lunch break or find a doctor offering early and late hours. Don't skip visits. Regular, proper prenatal care lowers your risk of having a baby born with low birth weight or other problems.
  • Is it safe to see the dentist? Contrary to popular belief, dental hygiene during pregnancy is very important. Some studies link poor dental hygiene with preterm labor. However, tell your dentist that you're pregnant and avoid X-rays, if possible.
  • What can be done about morning sickness and fatigue? Morning sickness usually occurs only in the first trimester. Cope with it by drinking and eating in small amounts throughout the day. If y
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