Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone was willing to share their tips in regard to coping with morning sickness while working in demanding environments. What did you do to make it through your day?
I’m suffering quite bad morning sickness (24 hour nausea that does not leave me and i vomit 4 times a day on average). i work as a Pharmacist and have put myself on every known combination of over the counter and prescription anti emetics that are *just* controlling it.
I work in a very busy pharmacy (about 800-900 scripts a day). I stand on my feet for 8 to 10 hours with no sitting down. I’m only 9 weeks and have not told my employer.
I’m keeping crackers in my pocket and water with me which i sip. I only get lunch breaks when it’s quiet (and some days work without a break).
I don’t know how i’m going to go 40 weeks like this. I adore being pregnant but i’d love to hear how you ladies coped in demanding jobs where you can’t just eat/sit when you want to.
Post # 3
I told my supervisor almost immediately and made it clear to her that I didn’t want to let everyone else know just yet. I work in open heart surgery as a scrub so I have a very similar working environment as you do (on my feet all day and no sitting). Anyway by letting my supervisor know she discretely scheduled me in rooms that didn’t have quite as long surgical cases and always had a ‘back up’ available for me in case I got sick or had to go to the bathroom. Later on in my pregnancy I was scheduled in surgical cases that I was able to sit and pass on.
Is there anyway that you can do a sit down for your job? Maybe arrange the tech to grab the script and the pills associated with it, fill it, and you judt double check their work? I used to work in retail pharmacy and thats what one pharmacist did. Also I heard ginger candies worked wonders for MC. I’m thankful that the only time I got sick at work was when we had to move a dead body and well liquid-y stuff spilled out. Ew.
Post # 4
This is what worked for me.
#1 I noticed what triggered my nause was brushing my teeth. I would wait till I felt better to brush them.
#2 Vicks Vapor Rub. I dont know what it is, but smelling it made me feel better.
#3 I never held in a barf, If I tried it would just make me worst, everytime I had the urge I just did it.
Hang in there honey, this will pass I promise! Good Luck!
Post # 5
I honestly don’t know any women in jobs where they can sit/eat when they want to- so welcome to the club.
You will find what works for you as far as morning sickness is concerned and hopefully “This too shall pass”. You will soon start to feel better and at least the eating part won’t be such an issue.
One thing I have noticed is that no one is indespensible in the workplace. The pharmaceutical world is not going to come to an end if you take a break and put your feet up. Even if you add a few minutes to a bathroom break, it can make a difference to how you feel at the end of the day.
Post # 6
@sharontobemarried: I feel for you. I don’t know what I’d do if I had to be on my feet all day. My job is more mentally demanding than physically. I tried all kinds of things to make me feel better (I’m 9 weeks, been having MS since 5 weeks). The ginger candy thing didn’t really work for me and made me hate ginger. Taking vitamin B6 at night worked OK but didn’t last the entire day and sometimes didn’t work at all. The only thing that’s been fail safe for me so far is Zofran, which I only take when absolutely needed since they say you should try not to take meds if you don’t have to. Zofran’s been a lifesaver.
Post # 7
I don’t know how you feel about candied ginger, but it helped my stomach settle. I have heard goo things about room temp realy ginger ale. I drank ginger “beer” which helped me too. Hang in there. It is so worth it.
Post # 8
Zofran helped me, but just barely. Honestly, I ended up leaving my job as a personal care attendant because the morning sickness was too much for me AND it was causing unneccessary stress on my poor client! I would talk to your supervisor and see what accomidations might be made. Chances are that you will be feeling better in a few weeks (I hope you do!) and that you will be able to get back to work as usual for most of the rest of your pregnancy.
Post # 9
@Hippos: Hi there! Thank you, i think i might have to tell my superior and i’ll give ginger candy a try (I haven’t yet).
Post # 10
@julies1949: Thank you! Yeah i think i’ll have to speak to my superiors about having some scheduled 5 min breaks.
Post # 11
I used mints and vitamin C drops to keep my nausea in the tolerable range. Like a constant stream of them (not together, gross).
Post # 12
i work as a paramedic, i do 24 hour shifts. i have 24 hour MS. i have noticed smells definitly trigger my MS. i have vicks vapu rub that i put under my nose for those calls. theres been times when ive dry heaved in the back of the truck due to smells or patients doing something gross.. i wont go into detail. but for the most part im able to get through the calls with no incident. it hasnt affected my job which is good! and i just keep thinking.. it will go away soon! haha im eleven weeks now!