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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 lonely.
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 have:
- 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: McGraw-Hill.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|Last Revised||July 23, 2012|
Last Revised: July 23, 2012
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