Post # 1
…that pulling all nighters as a pregnant woman is a lot harder than when you aren’t pregnant. I work in surgery and have to take call, well I worked from 6am to 9:30pm yesterday only to be called back in for an emergency around 10:30 (after getting just half hour of sleep) and didn’t get to head home till 9 this morning.
Before pregnancy when I had a night like that while I was tired I was still functional….this morning after I ate a little something (hadn’t eaten since last night) and had a quick shower I collapsed and even now awake I feel like I can’t even move. Ah!
Anyone else finding that you can’t do things as well before you got pregnant?
Post # 3
That’s a burtally long night! :O How far along are you? I found first trimester really hard that way, (although I wasn’t working hero hours like you) and then come second trimester it was sooo much better.
Post # 4
@Hippos: for the past few weeks I’ve been EXHAUSTED. Literally falling asleep at work, I go to bed between 9-10 every night now and I still can’t function. I don’t even feel safe driving because I cannot keep my eyes open. It’s AWFUL. I think it’s worse this time around because I have a two year old who is a little crazy these days
Post # 5
@Hippos: omgosh you poor thing!!!! I can’t even imagine, I’m exhausted and I get a good 8-10 hours of sleep a night. Does your employer know you’re pregnant? I know the medical field is tough, but I wonder if there’s any way you can skip call or maybe just ask your co-workers to help you out and take your call for you? My Brother-In-Law is a doctor and all the older guys always ask him to take his call – they pay him cash on top of what he gets paid for the hospital, so he’s always happy to do it. Not sure if you’re in a position to do that (financially and in your specialty – he’s not a surgeon so not sure if it differs at all from specialty to specialty) but just thought I’d throw it out there.
Take care of yourself!
Post # 6
Same here! I’m a transplant coordinator and have to do call. Luckily I’ve only had to pull one all-nighter since I’ve been pregnant. I’m now 29 weeks, and my last call shift is this week – thank goodness!
Post # 7
Extreme exhaustion is a side effect of pregnancy… it’s especially bad in the first trimester. I’m sorry but I have to ask – are you putting anyone’s life in danger…? Being that you’re so tired and work in surgery?
Post # 8
I think its a fair question and I’m not sure how to describe it but while ‘in the moment’ or in surgery I dont feel tired. I am so focused on what is going on that being tired is the last thing on my mind. However when I go to sit down it hits me so my employer makes me take a nap before I am able to drive home. If I can’t usually someone will offer to even take me home.
I really hope and pray that I’ll never get called in for a heart transplant during my pregnancy….but I know my hospital does a lot of them and I scrub hearts so I’m hoping I escape a transplant at least while I am in my first trimester.
Yes my employer knows, but we are kind of short staffed so there isn’t much they can do. But they were nice and let me have Friday off and not work my Friday shift….but they would do that pregnant or not pregnant.
Yea I can’t even imagine having to juggle a two year old while pregnant! My goodness!