Post # 1
I am a regular poster undercover for this one. I think I might be pregnant!
However, I just started a new job at a daycare. I worked one week and got seriously sick! I heard this is common for anyone starting at a job with so many kids.
The place of work has been closed for two weeks for Christmas, which is great- because I have had time to rest up for it to reopen on Monday.
However, I think I Oed on December 20th and now my period is missing. My concern is this:
I got really sick just from working one week there and then I Oed and the school was closed and that worked out- but do you think I will continue to get sick? Is it worth it to start at a place I may continue to get sick at (the person who’s job I took said she was sick the whole first year until she built up immunity and I have heard it is common to be sick working at this type of place -230 kids!- for the first 1-2 years!)
I had a high fever and severe sore throat that lasted 2 weeks!
What would you do? Granted I am pregnant: Work until you get sick again and then resign? Just let go and hope for the best? Not bother? Please tell me what you honestly would do!
I won’t be there long enough to get any maternity leave or anything… so that is not a concern and I do not need the job… I am just concerned….
I would feel bad resigning when I just began and I like the job- but am not sure if it is worth the risk.
I also realize I might be overanalyzing because it is my first time 🙂 However, I read somewhere that doctors tell you “not to do anything you were not doing before the pregnancy.”
I have a dr. appointment, but not until the 20th of January, and the job starts again on Monday…
Post # 3
@cloverandsprout: If you need a job, then stay. Most people, even though it’s totally illegal, will not hire someone who is pregnant.
Post # 4
Can’t you work until you have the baby and then go back after (if you want to)?
Post # 5
@mwitter80: I don’t really need it…. I just took it on a whim :/ but enjoy certain aspects of it…
Post # 6
@ananeele: My concern is really the getting sick part. That is my concern. I already got sicker than I have since I was a kid. So I am not sure if that is a good thing during pregnancy.
Post # 8
That’s a tough one – I know from being a teacher for two years that you can get sick a lot at the beginning as kids are walking germs and they love to spread those germs. The thing is, you can take extra precautions to avoid getting sick. I used hand sanitizer as though it was going out of style and to be honest, my first year of teaching, I only used one sick day at the very end of the year and that was more mental health than a physical illness. My only issue was losing my voice for an entire month two weeks into the job as I was clearly not used to talking that much. The second year I didn’t get sick at all.
So the bottom line with that one is that working with children does not necessarily mean you are going to get sick. Just use lots and lots and LOTS of hand sanitizer – I used it before I would take a drink from my water bottle, eat anything, or touch anywhere on my face. I also made sure to regularly disinfect and wash anything I brought to school with me. Yes, I’m a bit of a germ phobe.
The other issue is to consult with your doctor about any immunizations you might be missing that may put you at risk. Most of them you can’t get now, but if you’ve never had chicken pox nor the vaccine, they might advise against you working there. I know there are a few other diseases that might be of concern as well so I definitely think it’s worth a chat at your appt later this month.
In the meantime, I would continue working there if you’re enjoying it. Just be sensible and make sure handwashing and hand sanitizer become your two favourite things!
Post # 9
I’d be hesitant to make any major decisions very early in pregnancy. We always hope for the best, but the first few weeks are very perilous. And it sounds like you’re not even sure if you are pregnant yet? Or just not doctor confirmation of a + hpt? We’re even holding off on buying a bigger car until I’m further along in my second tri, and to me a job is bigger than that.
That said, getting intensely sick can be problematic for pregnancy. Colds are not a big deal, but fevers are. Letting your body temp get too high, getting dehydrated and malnourished can have major effects on the baby. Not trying to be alarmist, but you’ve said you don’t really need the job, so it’s something to factor into your decision. I’ve also known several folks who worked in daycare while pregnant and have been fine, and as pp said, you can just take extra precautions and hope for the best.
Post # 10
@cloverandsprout:You are not exposed to TB, HIV, or Hepatitis you will be fine. Your immune system will build up.
Post # 11
I got a job at Wal*Mart right after I found out I was pregnant. It’s not working with kids really but if a kid stays home sick from school, the parents bring them to the store. I was also hired right before the holidays in 09 so there were a lot of sick people coming through my line and working with me. I used a lot of hand sanitizer and cleaned everything at my regester before I opened and after every few customers. I only got sick a few times and it wasn’t very bad. Just try to do everything to stay healthy and if you keep getting sick, THEN quit.
Post # 12
Oh, I thought of the other one – rubella. Make sure your immunity for that is good because that can wreak havoc on a pregnancy. Most of us received our MMR vaccinations as children but the rubella wears off after a while. I had all of my immunisations but I currently have a low immunity to rubella and will need a booster shot after the baby arrives. Testing your immunity is part of the early pregnancy bloodwork done here, I would imagine it would be the same in the US.
Post # 13
@Ree723: Thank you for your response! You really understand. It is difficult to avoid the germs from children… I will take into consideration what you said about hand-sanitizer. I got sick because a kid sneezed on my face :/ Good point about the immunizations, that is definitely one of my concerns as well… I was going to get them… I will bring it up to the doc.
@MerryC: Good points, thank you. I think I will mellow out and talk to the doctor before I decide, you have given me a lot to think about. You understand my concerns- I haven’t gotten a fever in over a decade and it really does concern me… lots to think about.
Post # 14
If you don’t need the job and just doing it for fun, then maybe you can continue until you find out you’re pregnant, then see how you feel. It sounds like you’re having doubts and I would too! But it would be a shame to quit now before your BFP, in case it takes awhile (which I hope it doesn’t).
Post # 15
By The Way, my friend worked as a doctor and her trick to not getting sick was:
1) Don’t touch your eyes, nose, mouth or any open sore on your body
2) Wash your hands
The first one is really important, and I hardly ever get sick now that I conciously try to do that.
Of course a kid sneezing in your face doesn’t help!