Feeling tired during your first few weeks of pregnancy is normal. But how should you handle it at work? Try not to turn to caffeine -- here's why.

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Most healthy women work throughout their pregnancies without any adverse impact on their babies. The only pregnancy-related symptom that is likely to impact your job performance during your first four weeks is fatigue. If you feel tired at work, go to bed early and get more rest during the night. Or if there is a sofa or comfortable chair at work, take a catnap at lunch. (Ask a coworker to wake you up or bring an alarm clock so you don't sleep all afternoon.)

Try not to rely on your favorite double latte to stay alert. Although studies show that moderate caffeine consumption is probably safe during pregnancy, too much may not be safe. Limit your daily caffeine to 300 mg (milligrams), keeping in mind that the caffeine content of 8 ounces of coffee can average 64-288 mg. Remember that the type and amount of beans used to make the coffee determine the caffeine content, and some coffee shops and restaurants make strong brews that contain more caffeine than you'd expect. Also keep in mind that tea, cola, chocolate, and chocolate milk contain caffeine.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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