(Closed) Making the right decision about work…

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1839 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Purple_Bride:  would you be able to wear some kind of mask maybe?



ETA: if there’s no way around it, i think you definitely need to quit. but i totally understand feeling guilty about it

Post # 4
561 posts
Busy bee

oooh that stinks…I can’t imagine being in that position. My SO and I have a farm and I already feel like I have had to give up SO MUCH so that our coming baby is healthy. I am like you- I love doing all those things that include toxic fumes and manual labor. I am really into furniture refinishing and I did help my SO with a mirror during the first trimester, but it was brief and in a very well ventilated area.

Afterwards I still felt guilty, but I am always feeling guilty about things. I think you have to weigh out your choices. If you genuinely feel like you are ok with whatever the outcome is for your child knowing that what you are doing could harm him/her, then that is your decision. 

Post # 5
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Personally I always listen to my OB. After all, she is the expert. I chose not to take any unnecessary risks. If you decide not to listen to your doctor, I would just find a new one.

Post # 7
2324 posts
Buzzing bee

@Purple_Bride:  you paint cars?? That is awesome!

Although not the greatest circumstances, i would stop work & be open & honest with your employer. if you feel that it’s putting your LO at risk, you can’t go on. And i’m sure they will understand. (if you are comfortable, you could tell them about your loss)

If soemthing happened the other way around, your employer would do what they needed to do to ensure that the organisation is their first priority. You need to put yourself first.

Post # 10
6701 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@Purple_Bride:  As I understand the first 12 weeks of pregnancy are crucial because all the organs are forming, so if there is a time you should be away from the chemicals is now. I also work with chemical in a lab, but I always make sure I work in a fume hood. I just don’t want to add extra trash to my body. If I do get pregnant, I would be extra careful and make sure everyone is working inside a fume hood which we all know we have to do. Take care!

Post # 11
2321 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Umm… stop working there. Seriously! I think that you are very fortunate in the sense that you are able to get preggo easily. Most women on this site are struggling for months and years. The fumes from the shop are not worth it. Can’t you get a ‘desk’ job in the interim even during your TTC phase? You don’t want to be inhaling fumes at all. Especially even in TTC. And then especially in pregnancy. Then breastfeeding, etc. I mean, this isn’t just for a few mths. So you need to make some SERIOUS changes to your professional life.

I know it will be very hard financially but you need to discuss this with your Darling Husband at great length and come to some sort of solution. Sorry to be so cut and dry. I am just thinking of your baby.

Post # 12
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you want to stop working, going by your EDD by your username, you could apply for EI sick benefits as early as mid to late April, then it would convert to Maternity 8 weeks before EDD. Of course you need the doc to back you up, but if you’re concerned about $$ it’s something! 

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