Would you do a dangerous job if you were pregnant?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

If I could help it I would not choose to do a dangerous job while pregnant. However, I know women who have managed challenging/intense/potentially dangerous work situations while pregnant with no negative repercussions. It just requires more management and consideration than a desk job or a job with fewer threats. 

ETA- also- some jobs are perceived as more dangerous while actually not being so and there are jobs that are considered relatively safe but can have more threats than one initially realizes. I’ve got a friend who worked as a teacher and almost got stabbed with a pencil by a student who decided to have a meltdown one day. My mother was a police officer and never had an incident where she was directly threatened. Nothing is perfectly safe when you’re pregnant (or when you’re breathing). That’s just the reality.

Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

absolutely not.  i would not put myself or my baby at risk.  it took us 2 years and depleted every penny of our savings to have our child.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I ended up being unable to have children due to Antiphospholipid Syndrome along with my Lupus, but before learning this I was very hesitant about the thought of working as a PI while pregnant. My work was boring and calm for the most part and there was only once in my nearly 20 year career that I was actually in any danger, but still the hesitancy was there. 

My sister however was a police officer for nearly 10 years and worked at her regular patrol duties until her sixth month with her first two pregnancies, then did desk work until going on maternity leave. She has a thrill-seeking personality type, so it didn’t phase her in the least.

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

vatoca1016 :  I knew a girl who was a cop and through 2 pregnancies she took an internal training job so she wasn’t actually working on the beat.

Post # 21
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Busy bee

Are you sure you have correct information? Fiance is a police officer and pregnant women are taken off the road immediately once they announce their pregnancy. I’ve never in my life seen a pregnant police officer in uniform. I think policing is a lot different in the states though. We are Canadian and our police are compensated (in my opinion) very fairly and I’ve heard US officers make much less. 

 

If they seriously woild not modify your duty (have you work in the station, doing admin stuff etc) which I truly find hard to believe and honestly shocking…. then no I wouldn’t bother applying until after you’ve had children. 

Post # 22
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

vatoca1016 :  If there was absolutely no way for them to adjust the job to accomodate you with desk work, training work, security details instead of the more dangerous stuff when your pregnancy is more advanced then I’d probably pass. But, like many PPs, I don’t have the guts to be a police officer when not pregnant either. 

Like another PP, I work with harmful chemicals and if I were pregnant, I would definitely avoid what I could and get fitted for a respirator or other PPE to protect the fetus. They take things like that very seriously, pregnant or not. 

Post # 24
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Busy bee

vatoca1016 :  wow that’s very unfortunate. I don’t blame you for being hesitant to peruse the career path in that circumstance. If you ever Want to move to Canada. You’ll make a great salary, healthcare and a year of paid maternity leave. Lol 

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I think I am biased because I have become ‘overly cautious’ since I got pregnant. I would personally not take this job.

Post # 26
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Busy bee

Surely they have a duty of care as your employer to keep u as safe as is practically possible? Yes the job is inherently dangerous but to knowingly let a (heavily ) pregnant woman do the job seems beyond me. 

Pregnancy isn’t an illness but it seriously effects your mobility in later stages. 

I find it almost impossible to believe they wouldn’t provide alternative work for you.

 

Post # 27
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

vatoca1016 :  … any chance you can move to the northern part of your state?  

Post # 29
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

vatoca1016 :  ah, so I assume moving is out of the question?

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