Would it be safe to continue as a CNA while pregnant?

  1. I just got hired through a nursing home, night shift.
    I also recently found out Im pregnant. Would it be safe to continue working as a CNA?
    There is a lot of physical work as a CNA, or so I've heard. This will be my First time working as a CNA. I got my license a few months ago. My dream is to become a nurse and I don't want to stop here but I need to do whats safe for myself and child. Has anyone worked as a CNA while pregnant?

    Any Advice would be appreciated!
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  3. by   egglady
    I worked full time day shift, until 2 days before my last child was due. Proper body mechanics, and common sense. Pregnancy is not a disability!! I also only took 5 weeks off for maternity leave. You do what you gotta do. Oh, and I was a CNA over 20 years ago. we had no hoyer lifts or stand up lifts. We used muscle.... You just do what you and your doc are comfortable with! Good luck in your pregnancy!!!
  4. by   Kitsey
    I can't speak from personal experience, but my coworkers who have been/are pregnant work right up until their due date. In fact, one of my coworkers is due this Friday and she is scheduled for work Thursday.
  5. by   Glycerine82
    Always best to ask your doc but generally yes. As a pp said, you aren't disabled you're pregnant. I would get help for mucho heavy patients but otherwise you should be good. Certain isolations are dangerous, I think chicken pix or shingles is one if you haven't had them and possibly even if you have. Ask your doc tho, but I know many many CNAs who worked the whole time with no problems. A nurse I work with now say she has no physical restrictions what so ever, just her belly gets in the way sometimes ;-p

    "No day but today"
  6. by   soxgirl2008
    I'm a CNA, and many of my co workers have worked pregnant right up until the week they were due.
  7. by   breezycna
    I have worked with several women who stayed until they couldn't any longer (bed rest, labor, etc). It totally depends on your personal pregnancy. You could work up until you go into labor, or you might be put on bedrest at month four. Do what's best for your health and for the health of your baby.
  8. by   Miiki
    It's safe to continue doing pretty much any physical activity you where doing before you were pregnant short of falling on your stomach. (Unless your doc tells you otherwise, you should always ask your doc or Midwife for any medical advise.)