(Closed) Input please! Pregnant and new job?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Would you start a new job where people are known to get sick and you already have during pregnancy?
    Yes, don't worry so much. : (17 votes)
    65 %
    No, I would not go forward with the job, not worth the risk and you already got sick from it! : (9 votes)
    35 %
  • Post # 3
    7587 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    @cloverandsprout: If you need a job, then stay. Most people, even though it’s totally illegal, will not hire someone who is pregnant.

    Post # 4
    487 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Can’t you work until you have the baby and then go back after (if you want to)?

    Post # 8
    1830 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    That’s a tough one – I know from being a teacher for two years that you can get sick a lot at the beginning as kids are walking germs and they love to spread those germs.  The thing is, you can take extra precautions to avoid getting sick.  I used hand sanitizer as though it was going out of style and to be honest, my first year of teaching, I only used one sick day at the very end of the year and that was more mental health than a physical illness.  My only issue was losing my voice for an entire month two weeks into the job as I was clearly not used to talking that much.  The second year I didn’t get sick at all.  

    So the bottom line with that one is that working with children does not necessarily mean you are going to get sick.  Just use lots and lots and LOTS of hand sanitizer – I used it before I would take a drink from my water bottle, eat anything, or touch anywhere on my face.  I also made sure to regularly disinfect and wash anything I brought to school with me.  Yes, I’m a bit of a germ phobe.

    The other issue is to consult with your doctor about any immunizations you might be missing that may put you at risk.  Most of them you can’t get now, but if you’ve never had chicken pox nor the vaccine, they might advise against you working there.  I know there are a few other diseases that might be of concern as well so I definitely think it’s worth a chat at your appt later this month.

    In the meantime, I would continue working there if you’re enjoying it.  Just be sensible and make sure handwashing and hand sanitizer become your two favourite things!

    Post # 9
    1116 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    I’d be hesitant to make any major decisions very early in pregnancy.  We always hope for the best, but the first few weeks are very perilous.  And it sounds like you’re not even sure if you are pregnant yet? Or just not doctor confirmation of a + hpt?  We’re even holding off on buying a bigger car until I’m further along in my second tri, and to me a job is bigger than that.

    That said, getting intensely sick can be problematic for pregnancy.  Colds are not a big deal, but fevers are.  Letting your body temp get too high, getting dehydrated and malnourished can have major effects on the baby.  Not trying to be alarmist, but you’ve said you don’t really need the job, so it’s something to factor into your decision.  I’ve also known several folks who worked in daycare while pregnant and have been fine, and as pp said, you can just take extra precautions and hope for the best.  

    Post # 10
    1750 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @cloverandsprout:You are not exposed to TB, HIV, or Hepatitis you will be fine. Your immune system will build up.

    Post # 11
    870 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I got a job at Wal*Mart right after I found out I was pregnant. It’s not working with kids really but if a kid stays home sick from school, the parents bring them to the store. I was also hired right before the holidays in 09 so there were a lot of sick people coming through my line and working with me. I used a lot of hand sanitizer and cleaned everything at my regester before I opened and after every few customers. I only got sick a few times and it wasn’t very bad. Just try to do everything to stay healthy and if you keep getting sick, THEN quit.

    Post # 12
    1830 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Oh, I thought of the other one – rubella.  Make sure your immunity for that is good because that can wreak havoc on a pregnancy.  Most of us received our MMR vaccinations as children but the rubella wears off after a while.  I had all of my immunisations but I currently have a low immunity to rubella and will need a booster shot after the baby arrives.   Testing your immunity is part of the early pregnancy bloodwork done here, I would imagine it would be the same in the US.

    Post # 14
    1317 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    If you don’t need the job and just doing it for fun, then maybe you can continue until you find out you’re pregnant, then see how you feel. It sounds like you’re having doubts and I would too! But it would be a shame to quit now before your BFP, in case it takes awhile (which I hope it doesn’t).


    Post # 15
    772 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    By The Way, my friend worked as a doctor and her trick to not getting sick was: 

    1) Don’t touch your eyes, nose, mouth or any open sore on your body

    2) Wash your hands 

    The first one is really important, and I hardly ever get sick now that I conciously try to do that.

    Of course a kid sneezing in your face doesn’t help! 


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