Co-Worker and Supervisor Support During Pregnancy

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Baylor University Keller Center Research Report


Many studies confirm the presence of stress in the workplace, including stress incurred at work during pregnancy. These stressors are related to both work-life issues during pregnancy, such as workload and deadlines, and to recovery after pregnancy, especially in the event of postpartum depression and physical recovery from childbirth. Therefore, workplace stress can impact prenatal and postpartum health, which in turn, affects return to the workplace and subsequent productivity. This study reports on two factors that can mitigate stress pregnant women encounter at work: coworker support and supervisor support received during pregnancy. Alleviation of stress during pregnancy is likely to lead to lower incidence of postpartum depression, faster physical recovery, and greater ease of transition back into the workplace for the mother.