Has anyone worked a mentally or physically challenging job while pregnant?

I am now 34 weeks and 3 days along. I have been working as an STNA since I was about 5 mo. along. There hasn't been any complications though my pregnancy; however, my co-workers (along with myself) are concerned as to how long I'm going to continue to work. I am afraid of getting hit or straining myself? This is my first baby and I just want to make sure I'm not over-doing myself so late in the game. Any helpful input would be welcomed.


Asked by Anonymous at 6:30 PM on Oct. 26, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • I worked in mental health doing similar work as you probably do...I was so worried about getting hit or lifting too much but everything was fine. At the end my doctor put me on lifting restrictions and gave me the order "no abdominal trauma" which kept me from working with known aggressive patients. We worked with the same 2 women 12 hour shifts 5 days a week though, so when one of us was pregnant, we didn't force them to make a doctor say "you cant" we just pitched in and did the lifting and kept them out of harms way...hopefully your coworkers are the same.

    Answer by kabbot01 at 6:37 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

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  • you need to talk to your boss. by law they can not make u work hard labor being pregnant and if u choose they have to let u rest sometimes or even give u a chair. Just talk to them about gettin u something that doesnt strain you as much. when i was pregnant i stop stockin and just cleaned little things and managed the store.

    Answer by chrstny88 at 6:34 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

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  • When I was pregnant with my 2nd...I worked For TSA. They let me do what I was comfortable with...At the end of my pregnancy I was no longer allowed to lift heavy bags.....But there was always something Light duty i could do. Talk to your Dr. and talk to your boss.... I am sure you can work as long as you want...but your Boss needs to be accommodating and find light duty work for you.


    Answer by ErinaM at 6:40 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

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  • well, to those not familiar with the medical field, its kinda either you do it - or you don't. it is up to me to tell them i cannot work. my job is my job, they don't just give you 'little' jobs. (especially being lowman on the totem pole) i had to agree in the beginning that if i could not complete my job then i would have to quit or go on early maternity.

    Answer by itsaboy1208 at 6:43 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

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  • I am a surgical technologist at a nearby hospital and I work 3 12-hour shifts a week. Physically, it is a pretty demanding job because I have to be on my feet for most of that time. While working, I have to life heavy instrument sets to set up for surgeries, and stay standing for long periods of time during procedures. During clean up I have to do a lot of bending and lifting as well. It's hard and I definitely notice more contractions while at my job, but I can't quit working before the baby or it will cut into my time after. It's not easy and I feel your concern.

    Answer by K_Coleman at 7:29 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

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