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Pregnant & Working - Employees Workplace Health

Women make up almost half the workforce in Canada. Eight out of 10 women will become pregnant during their working careers.

Planning On Becoming Pregnant?

The first few weeks of a pregnancy are very important to the development of your baby. Most women do not know they are pregnant for several weeks. By planning ahead you can avoid putting your baby at risk. Be as healthy as possible before you try to get pregnant, and ask about possible risks at work and at home.

If You Are Pregnant

A few small changes can make a big difference to your comfort, your health and the health of your unborn baby.

Take action to support your baby’s healthy development while you are at work. 

  • If you sit for long periods of time, take breaks and walk as much as possible. 
  • If you stand at work, ask for a chair or stool at your workstation 
  • Find out about the toxic materials external link you use at work. 
  • Try not to get too tired or too hot. 
  • Keep healthy snacks handy and drink enough fluids. 
  • Go to the bathroom often. 
  • Working long hours, doing strenuous work and being tired all the time can lead to preterm labour (the start of labour between 20 and 37 weeks of pregnancy). If you’re required to do heavy lifting or strenuous work, talk with your employer to develop work arrangements to support your needs during your pregnancy.
Ask your workplace and health care provider for more information external linkabout being pregnant at work.

Free Pre-Natal Services and Programs in Halton

Becoming a parent, whether it’s the first time or in need of a refresher, is a life-changing event. Halton Region offers a variety of prenatal education options to help with your journey through pregnancy, labour, birth, and early parenting.

Understand Your Rights

Women make up almost half the workforce in Canada. 8/10 women will become pregnant during their working careers. Workers who are pregnant are protected from discrimination by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.external link

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Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario workers.
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The Hospital for Sick Children