Pregnant women that get the swine flu are at high risk of serious complications—both for themselves and their unborn baby. So says a study that appears in the Archives of Internal Medicine this week.

"Little data are available regarding fetal outcomes and mortality rates among H1N1-infected mothers," the researchers wrote. "Of the 18 patients in this series, one had a spontaneous abortion and one died postnatally from complications of extreme prematurity and sepsis. H1N1 poses a serious health threat to pregnant patients."

Of course, it stands to reason that the H1N1 flu would be a danger to pregnant women. It’s a danger to many people. But what if a pregnant woman doesn’t want to get a H1N1 vaccination? With all the news about how vaccinations can harm children, some natural-minded pregnant women may not want to take the perceived risk of getting vaccinated.

Well, pregnant women can reduce their risks by working in a virtual office. Companies who employ pregnant women might consider allowing them to telecommute using virtual office technologies to stay in touch with clients and colleagues. With a virtual office, people are less exposed to flues that travel quickly throughout a traditional office.

A virtual office space can also offer an added bonus for the company: greater productivity. Greater productivity has been tied to telecommuting in study after study. In the case of a pregnant woman, the virtual office would give her the flexibility to work hours that are most convenient without sacrificing productivity or quality of work.

With a virtual office system, the pregnant worker could take naps at certain times of the day and arrange her work schedule around doctor visits. Indeed, a virtual office could do more than help pregnant women avoid the risks of H1N1. It could help companies empower them to live a more balanced life during the pregnancy.

Want to learn more about the risks of H1N1 to pregnant women? Watch this video on how pregnant women can protect themselves and their babies.