A “new or expectant mother” is defined as an employee who is pregnant, who has given birth within the previous six months or who is breastfeeding. Pregnant women and nursing mothers undergo many physiological, hormonal and psychological changes during the term of their pregnancy, and during the postnatal nursing period, both of which might affect the level of risk associated with their work.

This topic provides information about the risks new or expectant mothers can be exposed to in the workplace, the importance of carrying out suitable and sufficient risk assessments and ways in which risks to new and expectant mothers can be best managed.

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