March 6, 2014
Connie Marshall, spokesperson for the National March of Dimes' campaign titled Men Have Babies, Too, and author of From Here to Maternity, The Expectant Father and other prenatal-wellness materials, offers these pointers for managers who have pregnant employees:
- Convey a positive attitude to each pregnant employee and let her know that you want to be involved
- Discuss with her ways you can help her stay healthy and on the job until she's ready to go on maternity leave
- Be flexible, allowing her to change her schedule so that she can keep her appointments for prenatal care
- Give her a prenatal book geared toward prevention of low-birthweight and preterm babies
- Use posters in the workplace to encourage healthy lifestyle choices, such as avoiding cigarettes and alcoholic beverages, and consuming enough calories to gain 25 to 35 pounds
- Provide a lounge that has a couch so that she can lie on her left side during breaks to reduce swelling in her ankles
- Schedule short 10-to 15-minute breaks every two hours to enable her to stretch her lower back muscles and to reduce eyestrain
- Provide seating that elevates her knees higher than her hips to avoid back strain
- Provide a smoke-free workplace
- Provide healthful food in the cafeteria.
Personnel Journal, October 1993, Vol. 72, No.10, p. 43.