Post # 1
Luckily right now I’m able to work only part time. But this nausea and lightheadedness is really creeping up on me. I’m in the medical field and my job requires standing and walking around for 8 hours straight and interacting with patients. As it is it’s so busy I barely get time for 1 bathroom break. I’m hoping my symptoms will get better soon, but I’m scared if I push myself to work I’ll get dizzy to the point of passing out or I’ll end up randomly throwing up in a trash can in front of everyone.
Would love to hear about everyone’s experiences dealing with symptoms at work.
Post # 3
@hspw714: I work at a clinic but I’m not medical. However, I let my direct supervisor knows that’s going on, and she was so understand and said if I need anything to let her or a nurse or doctor know. Right now I am fine, but I do take 5 minutes to turn the lights out and relax.
I know as a nurse you have the most stressful job in the clinic/hospital, but I would try to take bathroom breaks more often and let someone know, even if you are under the 12 weeks.
Post # 4
I took one pregnancy related sickness day. I did take two other days during my first trimester but that was because I had a horrible cold and being pregnant only made it worse and more unbearable.
I hope you start feeling better. I am almost 4 months along and I started feeling much better at week 11. Apparently the 2nd trimester is considered the “honeymoon phase” and boy is that true. Sometimes I forget I am even pregnant. Lol. Good luck girl!
Post # 5
I am a nurse and I did 12 hour nights during my last pregnancy. It was tough, but I didn’t take any time off so I could use it for my leave. Having small frequent snacks in places I could sneak off to really helped and having a water bottle filled at the start of my shift so I would know I drank eough.
Post # 6
I work a full time desk job, and was so sick up until earlier this week (20w) that i took off about 1 week total and also requested to get my hours cut in half for a month..
Brutal is all I can say
Post # 7
No, but luckily I work in a nap-friendly office. I put a yoga nap under my desk and take a snooze at lunch.
I can’t imagine not being able to pee 10 times a shift. Are you able to talk to your supervisor about it? I told my coworkers (and boss) way earlier than I wanted to, because I was feeling so sick and not like myself at all, but they have been understanding so far.
Post # 8
I think nursing is one job where it’s really important to tell people before you hit 12 weeks. With the diseases and meds you come into contact with, not to mention the dizziness/sickness that can come in those first 12 weeks, it’s important that they know so that you can be covered if needed! I am a scientist, which means i’m on my feet all day, too, and screening unknown drugs/compounds/working with human cells/blood etc every day. When someone is pregnant there is protocol in place to shift our duties to less hazardous experiments to protect the baby. I’d be surprised if there wasn’t something similar in medical fields.
Post # 9
@hspw714: I honestly had not a single symptom of pregnancy besides food cravings and swelling later on. It never affected my work until I had to get a dr note to have a chair at work.
Post # 10
None, but I don’t have restrictions on using the loo, either to be sick or to empty my bladder. I would have liked a couple of sick days, but I only take them if I’m contagious. If something wasn’t right and the doctor had told me to I would have taken some. Also, I don’t have to stand all day either or that might have made a difference as I have been dizzy at times.
I coped by always having a bottle of water and snacks with me, and extended bathroom trips to the mostly unused ladies’ in the office!
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club
I used 2 or 3. The first I didn’t know I was pregnant. I thought I had the flu! The next 2 I was spewing so much and had absolutely zero sleep so couldn’t have possible worked.
Post # 12
I took off some partial days, probably added up to 2 to 3 full days. Staying home didn’t help me, but at the same time I didn’t feel like going to work. I would have taken more honestly, but I was trying to save my time for actual maternity leave.
Post # 13
I work in the O.R. as a scrub so I know how you feel about being on your feet…whats worse is that I don’t get a break during my shift and I work long heart surgeries. So far I’ve just tried putting mind over matter with smells. God I used to never smell the cautery smell and now its all I smell…. I also have to admit that I’ve thrown up in my mouth…and then had to swallow it since no one knows I’m pregnant yet.
Post # 14
I’m fortunate to have my own office at my job, so if the nausea gets really bad, I can close my door and lay down on the floor and close my eyes until it passes. Also, obviously I sit all day. I cannot imagine having to be on my feet all day–you guys in the medical profession are rock stars! To answer your question directly, I haven’t used any “sick” days for the pregnancy, though I’ve taken many hours during the work day for doctor appointments.
Post # 15
I was in school during my first trimester, but I did not miss any classes due to illness. However, I did work from home a lot more rather than studying at school so that I would not be too tired.
Post # 16
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I didn’t take any–it was the busy time in my office, and my doctor perscribed Zofran for me. I was miserable,but I also didn’t want my office to know until I was ready to tell. In the second trimester, I took one day. I should add that I’ve come in late and come home early with pregnancy related nausea and exhaustion, but my office has a bit of flexibility. I was throwing up 3-4 times a day, hence the Zofran.