See our health and wellbeing pages for information on work/life balance, managing stress, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Health and wellbeing

Your health and wellbeing during your pregnancy is very important. As part of the University’s ongoing commitment to staff health and wellbeing, you are advised to consider what effect your pregnancy might have on your work and discuss this with your line manager at the earliest opportunity.

You must have a maternity risk assessment using the New and expectant mothers risk assessment tool as soon as possible in your pregnancy, review it in each trimester or more frequently if appropriate and upon your return to work.

You should consider:

  • the area/s in which you work
  • the type of work you undertake (whether a work station assessment is necessary - see Occupational Health website)
  • the contact that you have with others and what exposure (if any) you have to chemicals, pathogens, radiation, extremes of temperature etc
  • any exposure to any hazard must be assessed formally, to ensure that the health and safety of you and your unborn child is protected.

If there are issues flagged in the maternity risk assessment it is important for you and your manager to deal with this effectively, see the escalation process on the OH website. It is also important for you to know that you or your manager can seek advice from OH at any point. 

Working in high risk areas

Our working in high risk areas page provides specific information for staff in these areas.

Psychological support for pregnant and postnatal women

If you have ongoing concerns or develop concerns about your mental health during or after pregnancy the University can help to support you through a referral to occupational health, contacting care first and/or using the support of the NHS perinatal mental health team or the NHS depression and anxiety service you can self refer on both the NHS service websites. They can help with depression, postnatal depression, anxiety and many other areas of mental wellbeing.

If you travel for work

If you travel overseas in your role, the University’s insurance includes medical emergencies arising from a pregnancy, but not routine medical appointments relating to pregnancy. For more information please check the University’s travel insurance webpages before you travel.

What if I am off sick during my pregnancy?

The normal absence process for your College/Service should be followed. Further information can be found on the absence webpages.

However, if you are off sick with a pregnancy-related illness during the four weeks before your baby is due (approx 36 weeks' pregnant onwards) your maternity leave and pay may start automatically. In this instance, you must contact your Human Resources Business Partner.