(Closed) Pregnant Science lab bees!

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@BookaholicBee:  I don’t like that the chemicals aren’t in a hood. I think you have to make your own choice but I am finishing up my undergrad and I was told not to be in the lab by my doctor & director.

 

 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Definitely, definitely talk to your doctor!!! This concerns me too (well, not right now, but someday!). I’m going to be doing MRI’s for the next few years so it may become an issue so I plan to ask my Dr before TTC.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Is the a direction of the airflow in your lab?  If so, maybe you can work upwind of everyone.  People are usually good about switching desks if a reason is explained.  Not everything is dangerours.  Take a look at the MSDS sheets for the stuff that isn’t in a hood.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Not pregnant yet but am ttc and my lab sounds similar to yours. The only thing i have changed is that im super careful around ethidium bromide and trizol. As in hood only and multiple glove changes. The first person you should inform is the safety coordinator though just to double check. I plan to once i finally get my bfp. Good luck!

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Another lab rat here — though a conservation one. We work with lots of nasty solvents and chems. Think we might be little more health/safety heavy than most science labs, possibly due to to all the adverse post-retirement stuff that some conservators have experienced. We tend to work with some heavy duty nasty stuff.

Won’t repeat info above other than plus one to reading the MSDS for the chemicals in actually in use.

Wondering if you have been test fitted for a respirator? Do you have elephant trunks in the lab that could at least be employed when you’re colleagues are staining? Those are some secondary barriers that you could maybe make use of if required. Much as a respirator is a pain in the butt.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@lovemygsp:   I also work in a university. 🙂 We have a guy who is responsible for all safety/hazardous chemical disposal. In every lab his contact info is listed on a sign “in case of emergencies”. Maybe try looking around yours? I be really shocked if you didnt have someone. Good luck!

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

This is a great thread as I work around chemicals and radiation. This is one of my biggest concerns. Comment to follow! 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

I was doing a quick search in google and came across this booklet. It’s a bit old but may be somewhat helpful. I have a pre-pregnancy appointment next month for the first time and this is my number one question. Here is the link:

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/hesis/Documents/pregnant.pdf

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Sorry not to be terribly positive but thiings I have learned about lab safety is that YOU alone are your best advocate….

I told my boss and certain coworkers VERY eearly due to exposure risks.  I have worked in comercial labs and experenced the university safety standards as well.  People get set in ways that they think are fine or being safe but aren’t. Standards tend to get lax over time. If you don’t have an outside safety consultant working for your, just get fit tested for a respirator.

My rule of thumb when working and preg was to do everything I could in a fume hood! ALL of it.  Even affter reading MSDS.  Don’t  allow yourself to smell fumes, because that is exposure.  I have opened pletny of slide cases and been hit in the face by fumes still there…

What I did:

1) Don’t trust your coworkers to be safe for you

2) NO radiation, NO EB, NO gas anesthesia, and volitile organics in a hood or have active scavenging away from the bench!

PS My OB knew very little about lab safety, all she said was…” you have safety peopole for that right?” The answer was, not really….

 

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