In my opinion, all pregnant women should have the option of lying there and growing a baby while someone caters to their every need for their entire pregnancy. However, seeing as we can't even get paid maternity leave in this country, working while pregnant is a necessity for many women. I'm sure it's a breeze for a lucky few, but most pregnant ladies need an assist and that's where colleagues come in. Not everyone is supportive, which makes us all the more grateful for the things great coworkers do for pregnant women.
I was enjoying year 13 as an elementary school teacher when I found out I was pregnant. I had a miserable pregnancy, so there were definitely moments when I just wanted to give up and quit. Like the time a parent called to complain that I'd missed too many days (I used five and a half sick days in my first trimester due to severe nausea and vomiting). Financially, we probably could have made it work, but I needed to work the rest of the year to be vested in my retirement plan, so I stuck it out until a week before my due date. Fortunately, I worked with some pretty amazing people, from my boss to my third grade team to the teachers down the hall.
There are plenty of stories of sh*tty coworkers saying or doing sh*tty things, so let's take the time to celebrate (and gently suggest) the ways awesome colleagues support pregnant women in the workplace.