Parents TV talks to Heidi Murkoff, author of "What to expect when you are expecting", about how to stay healthy during the pregnancy when you are still working.
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Julia Auclair: Hi everybody, I am Julia Auclair. You are watching Parents TV. Working during pregnancy is the norm for many moms. Staying healthy and keeping stress to a minimum is a lot more difficult while you are on the job, but it is possible with a little planning. And joining us now is the author of the brand new fourth edition of What to Expect When You're Expecting; Heidi Murkoff has tips for working mothers to be. It's great to see you. Heidi Murkoff: Hi, great to be here Julia Auclair: Thanks for coming in. So tell me there are more and more working moms now than ever before. Heidi Murkoff: Yes, 67% of expecting moms are working full time and 80% of those are going straight from the desk to the birthing room. Julia Auclair: Now they like to do this. Heidi Murkoff: Almost, well it sounds like you did. Julia Auclair: Pretty much, I was in labor at work. Heidi Murkoff: And you adjust to the birthing room. Julia Auclair: Why do you think that this statistics to grown so much? Heidi Murkoff: Well, a lot of moms have to work, but also I think it's great that moms keep busy. Julia Auclair: Alright. Proper eating and staying healthy during pregnancy because it's really important, but how can women make it more of a priority while they are at work? Heidi Murkoff: You just have to schedule into your day. I mean, first of all if you not have ever chance to eat, bring food, weather you bring your snacks, keep them on your desk, keep them at your workstation, keep on in your briefcase, keep in your purse, keep them in the car, if you're in the car. Julia Auclair: Otherwise you will eat out of the wending machines. Heidi Murkoff: Exactly, the wending machine will know you by name and start calling your name when ever you are hungry. Julia Auclair: and then we will know who is pregnant, yes. Heidi Murkoff: And then also you will find a good deli that delivers us healthy sandwiches, if you are planning the meeting, schedule at for a lunch at a restaurant where you know, you can eat. If it's like a conference room kind of thing, make sure you have a same kind of food that served like, may be there be a bowl of fruit along with those donuts. Julia Auclair: You need to keep your blood flowing too. If you are sitting at the desk all day, you need to get your circulation going. What's the best way to do that? Heidi Murkoff: Well, if you are sitting all day then take a walk. If you are standing all day, sit down preferably with your feet up if you can swing it. By all means take a quick walk if you can, chances are you have to go to bathroom anyway. Julia Auclair: I was going to say that, you are going to be taking a lot of trips to the bathroom so that's a good-- Heidi Murkoff: Yeah so that's a good way to keep. And so to make sure that you do that make all those trips of bathroom, you need to stay hydrated. Julia Auclair: So drink a lot of water. Heidi Murkoff: So take a walk also to the water cooler, refill that water bottle because paradisiacally the more of water you drink, the less water you retain in those feet. Julia Auclair: Right. Heidi Murkoff: And those ankles. Julia Auclair: Because they do blow up at the end. Heidi Murkoff: They do, especially if you are on your feet a lot and especially uncomfortable if you are wearing the office shoes. Julia Auclair: Right, high heels. Heidi Murkoff: -- which I recommend that you to try to stay out of those as much as possible. You know two inch heel, wide heel is most comfortable, but obviously there are times when you have to wear something little less comfortable and so stay off when it starts to get to. Julia Auclair: Alright, let's go back to those bathroom breaks. Let's go back and talk about that little more. You are saying it's really important to go whenever you have the urge and not wait, why? Heidi Murkoff: Yeah, when you got to go, go because if you are regularly holding it in, and a lot of moms do that and we all do that. You are on the phone a lot, you are in a mee