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Whether or not you continue to work will depend upon the severity of your PGP and the nature of your job. Some women find that they can adapt their working environment to cope with their PGP, others find that they need to stop work altogether. If you are pregnant, you are entitled to certain rights, such as paid time off for antenatal appointments (this includes physiotherapy).

Working Families’ can provide detailed information on maternity rights and work. It is a good idea to inform your employers and colleagues about your PGP; if you make them aware of your situation they are more likely to be supportive. If you are struggling at work, talk to your boss or supervisor to see if you can modify your working practices. If you need to, see your GP or midwife to arrange time off. There really is no point in pretending to be superwoman at work only to collapse in a big heap of pain when you come home at night - consistently pushing through the symptoms of PGP will lead to an increased recovery time in the long term. You should have a risk assessment of your work environment to make it more suitable for you.

It is illegal to be discriminated against or made redundant because you are pregnant, but the legislation in this area is complex. Seek expert advice from your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Working Families. There may be benevolent funds or other welfare or union support available to you directly or via your partner’s employer. Make enquiries. If you have had PGP for three months or more and expect it to continue for another six months, you may be entitled to Disability Living Allowance (DLA). If you have been working, you may be entitled to Incapacity Benefit.

 
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