(Closed) Work when it's harmful to pregnancy

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I kind of went through this.  I was offered a job I had worked toward for years, but had to decline because we were thinking of family planning.  For me, it was a difficult sacrifice, but totally worth it.  Ugh!  It was hard though.

I would probably tell the one person that needs to know after I got my BFP, but it also depends- how dangerous to pregnancy?  (My job was a tech position in a lab with chemicals where I could NOT be at ALL because the chemicals were “toxic to a fetus” so I was not supposed to be there even if I was thinking of becoming pregnant.)

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Depends on whether it’s just parts of the job or the whole thing…my situation isn’t really what you’re asking about with radiation or anything, but I work with high end home theater items, which often involves lifting large heavy items like TVs and speakers. So I had to tell my boss pretty much right away so that he wouldn’t think I was slacking off when I asked other people to lift things for me and couldn’t help mount our displays and things like that.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I work in a research lab and am working on currently getting access to our irradiator.

 

We aren’t TTC yet but when we do, I won’t say anything until I’m actually pregnant (and then I’ll probably give it another week or two of self-monitering just to make sure it isn’t a chemical pregnancy).  I’ve just come to terms with the fact that I won’t be able to wait until the end of the first trimester to tell my boss and the 1 other co-worker I have in lab (we’re a small group) that I’m expecting because we’ll have to shift some responsibilities and experiment assignements around.  But I’ll still be able to work.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t work with chemicals or anything, but I work as a nurse in assisted living, so some amount of lifting is involved. It was hard to keep it secret at work, because when coworkers asked me to help lift a patient I would say my back hurt and would find someone else to help them. I ended up telling everyone at work when I was 10 weeks, although I told a couple coworkers in private before then so they knew what was going on.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Well Im in my last 2 months of training to be a hair stylist so we work closely with colour tint/peroxide,and although it is a little extreme to avoid these all together (as we have lots of protective clothing ie, gloves,aprons etc) I wouldnt be comfortable using them as if I were to get pregnant I would be classed as high risk, and I just wouldnt want to take ANY risks.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Blondee:  Yeah, that ended up happening to me as well (telling some co-workers pretty early on) because it was getting pretty difficult to keep making up excuses!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@AB Bride:  As soon as I knew I was pregnant I pulled my manager aside and had a private discussion.  I would advise against notifying them that you’re TTC unless you work a particularly hazardous job.  I worked in an office with a CT scan.  Plus my co-workers thought I had swine flu because I was so ill.  I had to tell my manager so I could avoid the CT scan part of the office and not get sent home for having swine flu.

I know that when we had ultrasound interns that they were not allowed to intern because they couldn’t be around the equipment due to insurance reasons.  We had quite a few that learned they were pregnant a week or two into their internship while they were practicing their ultrasound techniques on themselves.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I work(ed) as a civilian victims services worker that attends calls with police officers.  I told at about 11 weeks and was moved to administrative duties.  I believe the actual officers have to advise management by 20 weeks but many do that earlier as well, as the risks both of getting hurt or not being as effective in assisting others in a physical situation becomes apparent.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician.  I informed the manager as soon as I found out. I was not allowed to handle cats, lift heavy objects, be near the anesthesia machine or take x-rays. I was given extra duties such as inventory and reception work. I would prep a patient but would have to be covered as I could not stay in the surgery room.  I felt pretty useless and did things I probably should not have like carrying a seizing Dobie from the front to the treatment area. I got lectured constantly.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@AB Bride:  Yep my work involves radiation, so as soon as you know you’re pregnant, you have to declare it, and can’t work in that job anymore. 

I ended up miscarrying the pregnancy i found out about in December, but yeah, i POAS one morning and told my DH right away, then had to tell my boss about 2 hours later, as soon as i saw him that day.  I also had to tell a couple co-workers cause it was pretty obvious when i wasn’t doing my normal job anymore… and rumors got around pretty quickly.  I was congratulated by people i hardly ever talk to, even a few weeks later after i knew i was miscarrying.  :/

I’m currently pregnant again (just over 5w), and since my boss knew we were going to try again, he allowed me to continue working in a limited role so i never went back to the radiation areas after the 1st pregnancy.  This time i won’t tell them til at least after our first appt. 

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