What work is safe in pregnancy

Singer Beyoncé has cancelled her performance at the upcoming Coachella festival in April because she is pregnant. But how much work is safe during pregnancy, and what kind of work is risky?

In early January, Coachella organizers announced that Beyoncé would be one of the festival’s headline performers. But several weeks later, the singer announced she was pregnant with twins . On Thursday (Feb. 23), a joint statement from Coachella and Beyoncé’s company Parkwood Entertainment said that the singer had to pull out of the concert, citing advice from her doctor to “keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months” while pregnant, according to the Associated Press.

In general, it’s safe for women to work while they’re pregnant, said Dr. Jonathan Schaffir, an obstetrician/gynecologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Most women can continue to work right through the end of pregnancy,” Schaffir said.

If a woman is otherwise healthy, and isn’t at higher risk for complications during pregnancy, she typically isn’t restricted in the types of activity she can do at her job, Schaffir said. Although pregnancy isn’t the right time to start a new, vigorous work or exercise regimen, if a woman is conditioned to do a particular job, then she can most likely continue to do the activities of that job, Schaffir said.