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September 17th, 2011, 08:05 AM
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I just learned I am pregnant yesterday and I've been thinking about how I'm going to make everything work with my job. I had a regular 9-5 at a university, but I was laid off last spring and the only thing I could find in my field (natural resources management) is a job with a nature preserve doing ecological surveys. I'm on my feet walking 6-7 hours per day outside in areas where I'm almost always 20 minutes from the closest bathroom (and I can't just pee in the woods.. it's too urban). I actually love my job and I'm usually working by myself so I don't think that morning sickness will be an issue, but I'm concerned about the lack of bathrooms and exhaustion from walking all day. Plus I expect that I'm going to become really sick of PB& J sandwiches since I usually eat lunch in the work truck. It's also a seasonal job (I have been warned that I'll be laid off in mid-December and they want to rehire me in March). Ugh. Anyone else have a job (or commute) that might not be too pregnancy friendly? What are your concerns/ plans?
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September 17th, 2011, 09:59 AM
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I am a wedding photographer and it is not fun when pregnant because I have to be on my feet 10-12 hours for a wedding day.
My other problem is next May I have 3 weddings booked.... its really hard to call off someones wedding. As time gets closer I am going to hire an extra photographer for those weddings just in case. Sucks I am going to be out money but I hate to not book weddings that month and risk another miscarriage and be out all that income.
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September 17th, 2011, 01:05 PM
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I am a nursing assistant and it means on my feet for 8 hrs non-stop. Plus I have heavy lifting and I have to serve smelly food...lol. Its rough at times already! I don't know how long I am going to keep at it.
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September 17th, 2011, 01:44 PM
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I'm a nurse. On my feed for 3x12 hour shifts a week. They usually try to put our 3 12 hour shifts 3 days in a row. (so not much sleep for 3 days) We can't have drinks anywhere near our patients so we have to go away from our sick patients to drink/eat. It's annoying.
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September 17th, 2011, 02:49 PM
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Mine actually isn't bad. I'm a banker so I'm sitting at a desk most of the day.
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September 17th, 2011, 02:58 PM
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I was thinking mine could be difficult, but after reading some of yours, not so bad!

I work with in a house with autistic adults, which for the most part is pretty easy. Just basic things like cooking and cleaning and a lot of sitting around watching tv.

There are, however a few icky parts of the job, that are not great for feeling sick. All our guys can use the bathroom independently, but one is not so great at wiping. So, at the end of the night he has to use baby wipes, to get anything he missed. He has to be watched when he does this, otherwise, he won't. If anyone has experience with people with autism, they know that they can be very picky about how they want things done. This guy always wants me to be the one that "observes". Its smelly, and gross, and not pregnant, its manageable, but pregnant its unbearable. I don't want to tell anyone I'm pregnant yet, so I'm just stuck doing it!
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September 17th, 2011, 09:42 PM
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I am a Kindergarten teacher. It really isn't so bad, but I am already having a hard time bending over to tie shoes all the time!
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September 18th, 2011, 10:16 AM
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Mine is awful for a pregnancy. lol I work at a paintball field. Sometimes I am required to play. Plus I am on my feet all day long and outside in the this Georgia heat the WHOLE day. The only time i get to be in the A/C is when i run inside to use the bathroom. So I decided to change jobs because i am already high risk as it is. I'm not going to risk it even more.
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September 18th, 2011, 10:36 AM
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Armywife06- Wow- Georgia heat. That would suck. Glad you are able to change jobs. At least I'm in Illinois, where last week it was in the 40's-60's. As long as I dress in layers, I think I'll be fine.
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September 18th, 2011, 10:56 AM
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Armywife06- Wow- Georgia heat. That would suck. Glad you are able to change jobs. At least I'm in Illinois, where last week it was in the 40's-60's. As long as I dress in layers, I think I'll be fine.
I am very thankful I didn't get pregnant this summer. Because it was about 110.
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September 18th, 2011, 11:25 AM
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I don't work but I'm currently in school for firefighter / AEMT so there's physical training involved and so I have to wait and see the dr about getting a medical excuse to put them on hold or something
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September 18th, 2011, 11:37 AM
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I am a SAHM 90% of the time. I graduated last year with a Bachelors in Elementary Education but I didn't find a job this school year. I tutor Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 3-4pm so that'll be easy b/c its just sitting down working with one student. But, I just signed up for substituting for some extra money here and there. My first assignment is on Friday the 23rd and I'm already dreading the idea of maybe morning sickness starting up, or having to use the restroom, etc. Its in a 1st grade class so I can't leave them by themselves to pee/throw up. Ergh. Then I have a few more assignments in October and November.
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September 18th, 2011, 03:40 PM
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mines not so bad, but can get pretty hard toward the end. I am a speech pathologist. I work with kids ages 15months to 16 years old. Most of the time I am on the floor doing play therapy with little ones. Once I'm farther a long this starts to get hard because I can't get up and down on the floor or move around, or reach things and bend and stretch lol. I also usually have kids back to back and when it gets to point at the end where I can't go that long with out a potty break I have to drop off one kid to their parents, and tell the next kid "I'll be right back, have to use the restroom" between each kid! Overall, not too bad though.
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September 18th, 2011, 07:39 PM
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I stand 10- 11 hours a day.. It used to be a sit down job but they changed it to standing while I was out on maternity leave the last time ( I took a year off) so this is going to SUCK!! I'm in sales
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