Post # 1
I work in a job that twice a year has a really huge season and requires a ton of overtime for about a 3-week stretch. Basically, for 3 weeks you work with no weekends or days off and your days range from 8-14 hours. I am one week in and this first week has just be normal 9-10 hour days so while I’m not happy to not have any days off this weekend for the most part I’m ok. However next week I’m scheduled to work 1 9-hour day, 3 12-hour days and 3 14 hour days then continue onto the third week with no days off. This will put me at 87 hours for the week. One week of that is probably ok but I want to consider that this is in the middle of a 21-day stretch with no days off.
I’m currently 12 weeks pregnant and have had 2 prior miscarriages, so I’m also really concerned about my health. That being said, I feel like if I ask for a more limited schedule I’m just using my pregnancy as an excuse to not do something undesirable that my other coworkers will still have to do.
Typically, we also don’t do any sort of breaks during these days because it really is that busy, but even if I’m ok with the 87 hour week I think I will put my foot down and take a 30 minute break every day.
I’ve done this before while not pregnant and it is truly exhausting, but doable and it only lasts for 3 weeks, then calms down a bit.
What would you do in this situation? Am I realistic to be concerned about my health and the health of my pregnancy or am I worried over nothing?
Post # 2
I think you should do what’s best for you and your baby. The last 2 days of the year was really busy for me at work but I got through it. It was just 2 days and I was 26 weeks pregnant but it was just too much for me. I wasn’t able to return to work since. Actually I went to the doctor today and I’m not allowed to work now till after i have my baby in April and maternity leave.. For my and my baby’s health and safety. (But my job is really physical and I live in Belgium)
Post # 3
Even when I’m not pregnant I always take a break for lunch for my sanity. Now that I’m pregnant I take lots of breaks because that’s what I need for my mental and physical health. I say do what you need to do for you and the baby’s wellbeing within reason. Explain your situation to your boss. Work will be always be there, you only get this gift of pregnancy for 9 months
Post # 4
I think it depends on how physical your job is but I’d probably try to cut back. I’m 19 weeks and last week I worked one 13 hour day and I was wiped out the next day. I have an office job so it’s not even like I was on my feet or anything.
Post # 5
I doubt that working overtime is any risk to your pregnancy, but being a strong u,nion supporter I would insist on breaks. It is ridiculous to expect people to work 12 or 14 hour days without breaks.
Post # 6
This is all Greek to me. In the UK this would never happen to someone who wasn’t pregnant, let alone someone who is. You need to take care of yourself and little one. 87hpw is absurd!
Post # 7
Unless your job is stressfull or physical I would work the hours, since you are not that far along. I wouldn’t worry to much about it.
Post # 8
I think the bottom line is that if you think it’s too much, don’t do it. You know your body. It isn’t worth the possible risk, especially if you already have concerns about previous miscarriages.
I would probably last longer at a desk job than I would a more physical job with these hours, so I think that is part of it. Pregnant or not, I couldn’t go 9 hours or longer with no break or opportunity to eat something.
Post # 9
Listen to your body and be open with your manager … Some days you may have 14 hours in you and some you might not even have 4. Pregnancy is so weird and don’t be fooled, the beginning is some of the most exhausting times – and very important developmental times for the baby as well, so you really need to Listen to your body and not push it. baby and you are most important. Work can survive if you cant give it your all like you used to. Take it from someone who tried to be on a conference call during CONTRACTIONS… it’s not worth it!! Be healthy..
Post # 10
Also get a doctors note saying you need breaks every 2 hours. Even if you need to just get some water and pee it is still a break that you may not get otherwise. Try to do the job but listen to your body. You will know if it is too much and then just explain to your boss that you need more rest.
Post # 11
Personally, I would do it for the extra money. I worked a heap of overtime and weird overnight shifts in the first and second trimester because I wanted the extra cash.
But, you need to do what is right for you and your baby. So if you don’t feel comfortable doing it, don’t do it! Or at least insist on taking breaks.
Post # 12
I am a nurse and I regularly work overtime with my usual shifts being 12 hours. I have been working even more lately in an attempt to save more paid time off (as well as make extra money). With that being said, that schedule sounds like a lot. It would depend to me upon the the need for extra money and how demanding the work is. Just make sure you are taking care of your self mama!
Post # 13
We just had a huge project and I’ve worked between 10-14 hours for the last month and a half (including 15 days straight and 84 hours the last week) and I’m 12 weeks now. It was pretty rough, but I wasn’t prepared to tell my office about the pregnancy, so I just dealt with it, and made sure I packed enough snacks to get me through the day. DH was also super supportive, picking me up from work if I needed, taking care of things around the house, etc.
Unfortunately, it’s just something that comes with certain industries in a salaried position (so, no, there was no overtime pay being earned that entire time).
Post # 14
as someone who went through a physically exhausting pregnancy I would try not to overdue it especially if you’ve had previous losses. I might try to work as much as possible but maybe be honest with management and say you’ll have to take it day by day… And if you need off you need off? I’d also mention it to your doctor and tell them the situation and say that if your finding the extra hours too straining if they a formal recommendation you not work that many hours ….
Bottom line you can’t be discriminated against if it becomes too much!
once I started to get a belly I got crazy back pain and then getting bigger the issues with sleeping came and I had to take days off and really rest on the weekends. I know lots of pregnant women push through but I struggled
Post # 15
Thanks everyone for your input. It isn’t exactly a physical job but it isn’t an office job either, there’s some heavy lifting and you’re on your feet all day – I wear a fitbit and it is not out of the ordinary for me to reach 25,000 steps by the time I get home – but the busy environment really helped pass the time quickly. In the end I took it day by day and while it was tough, I got through without cutting any hours myself (I did make sure I got a 30 minute break every day to eat). The major snowstorm helped me out though and I got Saturday and Sunday off which definitely helped me to refresh and start the next week without being already exhausted.
I recognize that it’s probably a little silly to fear something like working a lot will affect the health of your pregnancy but have to admit that after 2 previous losses I’m a little paranoid there.