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September 20th, 2013, 09:01 AM
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I have a work event coming up in 3 weeks. At that point, I will be a day shy of 10 weeks pregnant.

It is two very long days (13+) hours of setting up and coordinating this festival. They are traditionally very physical days: on my feet 99% of the time, lifting and carrying things, walking the length of the festival repeatedly, etc.

Physically I'm in great shape, so in years past this event has been tiring but otherwise very doable. But now that I've got baby on board, I know that a) I'm going to have difficulties with exhaustion and b) I just can't carry and haul stuff like last year.

Thing is - I didn't initially want to tell anyone at work this early. I will have an 8w3d appt before that event, and if everything is good then I thought I could tell everyone. BUT -- if they don't do a u/s or let us hear the heartbeat, then I won't have the certainty I had hoped for before telling colleagues.

It's tough, because if someone for example says, "hey help me carry these tables" it's hard to be like, "uhh, yeah I can't". I thought about feigning a back injury, but I don't know how legitimate that will seem/look.

What would you do?
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September 20th, 2013, 09:59 AM
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Maybe tell your boss what's up but not your coworkers. Maybe he/she can assign you to a certain spot. You could say you have a back injury but you'd have to have a story to go with it because people would ask. I'm actually on a medication that says no frequent movements, no fast movements and no heavy lifting because it causes really bad dizziness. You could always use that.
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September 20th, 2013, 11:17 AM
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Except for exhaustion, I read that 1st trimester is the safest time to lift and carry heavier things.
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September 20th, 2013, 12:14 PM
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I would tell your boss at a minimum. Hopefully the two of you can work it out where telling everyone isn't necessary.
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September 20th, 2013, 02:15 PM
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I'd probably just tell my boss and let them know I may need a few extra breaks here and there. But when I was pregnant with my first, I lived alone (my husband was overseas) and I worked in a pharmacy on my feet all day. I moved furniture by myself while he was gone, and at work I was required to lift boxes of medications, bending and carrying things and I never had any problems. For just a couple of days, you'll be fine but tired. Especially already being in shape, you have nothing to worry about carrying tables and things like that. I'd just avoid lifting very heavy items 50 pounds or more by yourself. I have a 40 pound toddler and I'm carrying him all over the place still because apparently his legs are broken half the day
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September 20th, 2013, 03:03 PM
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I'd probably just tell my boss and let them know I may need a few extra breaks here and there. But when I was pregnant with my first, I lived alone (my husband was overseas) and I worked in a pharmacy on my feet all day. I moved furniture by myself while he was gone, and at work I was required to lift boxes of medications, bending and carrying things and I never had any problems. For just a couple of days, you'll be fine but tired. Especially already being in shape, you have nothing to worry about carrying tables and things like that. I'd just avoid lifting very heavy items 50 pounds or more by yourself. I have a 40 pound toddler and I'm carrying him all over the place still because apparently his legs are broken half the day
I agree, you should be okay. I'm a nurse and I've been moving heavy patients for 12 hour shifts and nurses do it until their due date.
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