(Closed) Barfing at work, what will/did you do?!

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
5159 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

swimcat14:  One of my friends ended up telling her workplace at 8 weeks because they caught her sleeping at her desk! She had no other explanation for it so she blurted it out because she didn’t want to get in trouble. I think it probably happens more often than you think! 

Post # 3
2904 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I told my boss around seven weeks because my nausea/vomiting was so bad, I literally couldn’t leave the house until nine or nine thirty most days. I understand not wanting to tell anyone until the first ultrasound, but the reality is that if you have a miscarriage, you will probably want/need some time off of work, so you may end up telling them anyway. 

Or you could just decide that you’ll barf wherever it’s convenient for you to barf, and they might guess or they might not. That way, you wouldn’t have to “announce” to them, but you also wouldn’t have to find hidden spots to get sick. 

Also – carry barf bags! They’re lifesavers, for real. 🙂

Post # 4
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

swimcat14:  ugh!  This is my worst nightmare.  I’ve had nausea all week (and I’m 5w5d now).  I luckily have not puked yet.  But, I’m a teacher, and if I have to puke, I have very few options.  I have not told my boss yet, and don’t plan on doing it, however, circumstances may dictate that I have to.

I have told his secretary, but she kind of guessed and caught me off guard. I think it could be helpful having someone in the know.

Post # 5
861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I told work really early with my first pregnancy because I was so sick. With my second I didn’t because I was having lots of problems with bleeding etc. so I wasn’t comfortable but they all figured it out anyway since I was barfing a lot and looking pregnant. 

Post # 6
10646 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Pregnancy isn’t the only reason for vomitting, and I don’t feel like I should have to explain when it happens to me (and it has many times), so just go to the bathroom like those of us who do and aren’t pregnant.

Post # 7
966 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I told my boss at around 6 weeks. It wasn’t a big deal, and she actually encouraged me to stay home if I didn’t feel well.

Post # 8
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I threw up a lot! I told two coworkers right away and they covered for me. I made it 11 weeks before I announced it to everyon because I was showing.

Post # 9
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

For me when I had to puke I had to puke and I had it until about 20 weeks — no holding it in or waiting for the coast to be clear so I just made sure I had a trash can handy at all times and that meant throwing up at my desk more than a few times. It also meant two people finding out before I was ready to tell because they heard/saw me throw up and insisted I go home, so I had to explain that they couldn’t catch what I had:)  

Post # 10
9755 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d probably just tell them if it was a big issue.  I had MS from 8-16 weeks but I luckily never puked at work, usually I did in the morning or early evening–whenever my stomach got too empty and I tried eating it would come back up.  So usually I was okay during working hours.

Post # 11
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I puked a lot at work, but always in the bathroom thankfully.  I was really surprised the NO ONE guessed-everyone was super surprised when I started sharing the news around 13 weeks.  In general I think people pay less attention than you think they do.  However, if people do end up noticing you can definitely either tell them if you are comfortable or play it off as food poisoning (they can’t catch it!) or a reaction to something.

I hope you feel better soon, I know it is tough.  Also, I found having a toothbrush/paste and gum available really helpful to feel “presentable” after I was sick.

Post # 12
907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was in a similar situation and told my boss at 8 weeks. I waited to tell everyone else until 12 weeks.

It got to the point where I was throwing up daily at work (always in the bathroom), but no one really caught on. One girl not on my team caught me mid-act and asked if there was anything she could do to help, but I was in the stall so I don’t think she knew who I was. One time, another girl on my team caught me afterward brushing my teeth and asked if I had a dentist appointment or something. I just told her I had a bad taste in my mouth from lunch.

My personal rule was that if I threw up twice in one day at work, then I would let myself go home.

Post # 13
2190 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

swimcat14:  You could ask your doctor for some Zofran. It works wonders on nausea. Though be warned, constipation is a side effect. You’ll have to take Colace, drink prune juice, up your fiber, etc. But if you are concerned with making it through the day, this could be an option for you. Diclegis is great for the night. That way you don’t take too much Zofran. 

Post # 14
226 posts
Helper bee

I carried these blue emesis bags.  I had one on-hand at all times.  I kept one in my purse, one in the side door of my car and one in my husband’s car.  I also had one in my desk drawer at work.  My doctor prescribed Zofran for me as well.  As far as work goes, I ended up telling my boss when I was around 8 weeks because I could no longer do the heavy lifting required to perform some aspects of my job. 

These are the bags I kept on hand:  http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Emesis-Vomit-Clean-1000ml/dp/B00BDVIVLU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1414779462&sr=8-2&keywords=emesis+bags

Post # 15
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I puked at work frequently until 16 weeks or so. I told work around 18 weeks. They had no idea, 

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