Any other pregnant night nurses out there?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I worked 7p-7a with my last LO. The things that helped me were taking a good nap before you go in, bringing lots of things to snack on through the night. It’s tough, good luck!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

My FSIL is a night shift nurse and worked all through her pregnancy. She seemed to adjust pretty well but I know a lot of time when she did get time off all she wanted to do was sleep. For her it was important to just give in to that fact and sleep as much as she could when she needed it. It really seems like it can depend on the pregnancy. I feel like she did so well through hers. One of her biggest complaints was that people seemed over protective of her at work! She would routinely take a bus home and while she was pregnant almost all her co-workers insisted one of them drive her home. Of course their hearts were in the right place and it was really sweet of them.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I can’t give much advise on the night aspect, but I’m 7A-7P nurse on a PCU floor and am now 14weeks. The first trimester fatigue was brutal. 13hr shifts won’t leave much time for sleep. I often came home and was in bed within the hr. I had to force myself to eat because I just wanted to go to bed. The only advice I can offer is to utilize your off days to nap. I also carried snacks and an emesis bag in my pocket lol

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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I rotate shifts, some days I’ll be working 7a-7p and then flip to 7p-7a the next day!  It can become brutal and I can tell that I feel ickier after I work a night shift.  But at least the pace at night is a little less hectic (which is so nice!).  Good luck!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I work the night shift and I am 26 weeks with my second baby. I think night shift whether you are pregnant or not is one of those shifts that you either love or hate depending on how your body responds to it. I’m much more tired this go around not necessarily because of night shift, but because I have to rotate to a normal schedule on my days off to take care of my toddler. Definitely come home from work and take a shower and go straight to bed and sleep as late as you can. Bring snacks and eat a healthy “lunch” to keep your energy up and drink lots of water. Usually with night shift I prefer 3 in a row, but as I get further along in my pregnancy I am starting to switch to doing 2 shifts and 1 shift with a day off in between.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I did it until I was 19 weeks and every minute of it was hell. I started night shifts the same week I found I was expecting and between being sick from the pregnancy and sick from the lack of sleep I thought I would die. I only got 1 to 2 pee breaks and night and never had my half hour break at all. My unit was very busy. I actually just started a new job this week as a call center nurse. 8 hour days, no weekends, and lunch breaks every day made that pay cut ok with me!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Mrs_Lavender:  I used to throw up/pee in my patients bathrooms. I hope they thought they were just dreaming! Lol

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I used to work swing shifts 12 hour day/nights.. even not pregnant, I had such a hard time with night shifts… I decided to switch to a job that had 8 hour/daytime shifts and am glad because the very early morning is when I have some of my worst nausea. Maybe being straight nights will be easier on you than switching back and forth… good luck and congrats on the new job!

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@Mrs_Lavender:  3 AM is the worst hour, I swear. I could hardly keep my eyes open. I would go sit in the break room during my break and take a cat nap.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve never been pregnant, so I can’t speak to that. But I’m an RN. I work 12 hour shifts on days now. But I started out on 12 hour nights. I work on a Med Surg floor. I had trouble working at night because I rarely saw my husband because of our schedules. So, it didn’t work well for us. So, I switched to days. It works a lot better for us. 

BUT, night shift is sooooooo much easier when it comes to the actual work. I actually didn’t have trouble staying awake at night. I just slept a lot, but I felt fine. I also didn’t have trouble staying awake at work. I started as a new graduate on nights and did fine. I actually had a harder time when I switched to days when it came to the actual work. I went home and cried after my shifts for 3 or 4 weeks. I never cried one time on nights even being brand new. 

So, yeah nights might be harder to stay awake, but the work is a lot easier. So, overall that may be easier to do pregnant. 

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