Post # 1
So.. I guess I’m looking for some advice here. I’m in Canada and today they’re forcing all non essential services to close due to covid-19. I am a first responder (911 operator) and am therefore an essential service. Things are crazy at work right now and they’re demanding we work more and more.
I’m 11 weeks pregnant (I’ll be into the 2nd trimester on april 2) and I obviously havent told anybody about being pregnant yet, not even my family, let alone work. I’m already having a lot of reservations going into work with the hours I’ve been doing, let alone taking on more. I guess I’m just having a lot of anxiety with regular pregnancy stuff let alone with a pandemic going on. I’m trying to avoid telling work but I’m afraid of being exposed and getting sick. One of my coworkers was sick with a fever last week and kept coming in. I guess I just dont know what to do.
Anyone else in this position? Cant say anyone could have ever predicted this scenario..
Advice needed please!!!
Post # 2
Hey Bee, Sorry to hear about your situation. Thank you for doing the hard job you do, the rest of us Canadians appreciate it. Do you have an understanding supervisor you could speak with? I know you havent told anyone about your pregnancy yet, but given the circumstances I think its important that you do. I know your worried about being exposed to the virus but I would also be concerned about the high stress levels that your job can entail. Hopefully you can work something out soon!
Post # 3
thank you for your suggestions. It’s definitely a very hard job in general.. let alone being pregnant. Doing all the shift changes during pregnancy has been rough. I think I’m going to try and stay under the radar.. if they specifically come to me about working more.. I might spill the beans to let them know what’s going on.
I work tonight so will be sleeping all day tomorrow.. I think my husband is going to try and call my doctor during the day to see if there’s any possibility of me going on EI or something.
It may be odd to say, but I’ve kind of adapted to the stress of the job itself.. and dealing with the stress of pregnancy is another thing…. but mixing in this covid-19 stuff just has me bouncing off the walls.
Thanks for your reply 🙂
Post # 4
I’m 28 weeks and part of a rapid response team so also have to keep going into work… it’s hard and stressful and it sucks. I get ya.
Post # 5
Highly irresponsible of your coworker with the fever coming in to work. Can you speak to a supervisor about that so it doesn’t happen again?
Post # 6
THIS is what stood out to me! WTF the supervisor should have sent them right home.
Post # 7
I’m an ICU nurse and 28 weeks pregnant. I am just counting the days until my maternity leave. It is tough working long hours with limited supplies. I have friends who are pregnant working in the ER and other icus as well…
I totally understand
Post # 8
I’m a dispatcher in the U.S.. I can’t even imagine being pregnant while working and during the coronavirus. That’d be so stressful! I’ve had several pregnant coworkers. My one bit of advice is make sure if you do tell a supervisor that it’s someone you can trust and that knows that even your own family doesn’t know yet. I’ve had a supervisor spill the beans before and it annoyed me (it was about someone else but still). I think something should definitely be said about the person with a fever coming in. No matter how understaffed you are if they got everyone else sick you’re all going down.. and then what? Best of luck and congratulations!
Post # 9
Hi Bee! I am also pregnant (only 8 weeks) and was still going into work as of last week. We are in Shelter in Place and I was the only person out of my friend group that was still being asked to come in. I was so stressed about someone else coming in sick or me getting sick during my commute that I finally went ahead and told my boss. He was SO supportive and told me I should absolutely be home for the sake of the baby. I know your role is an essential one, so the conversation is very different than mine, but just think about what is best for the baby. Is there anyway you could set up a desk in your home? I brought home all of my computer equipment so I am still able to do 100% of my job.
Post # 10
there is an option for a leave before maternity leave brings yiu have to call ei and ask I think it’s like 8 weeks or you could do a stress leave also supported by ei ( as I’ve gone on it and it’s 16 weeks I think so you could do sick leave then the prior to mat leave option then your mat leave.