Hey y'all, I'm a circulator in the OR and I'm 34w3d preggo. I was originally planning to work right up 'til D-day, but this last week my pregnancy has really started catching up with me physically. I am significantly slower-moving during cases (my OR turnover times are suffering too), and the mobility required to quickly open things/connect tubing and wires/place foot pedals/assist with intubation/etc is becoming an issue... I can't fit in small spaces now like I used to and crawling around under the table to pass cords through to the other side makes me see stars when I stand back up. And I'm generally always breathless which is not helped by those green ugly masks I wear. Not to mention wearing lead for c-arm cases is almost more than I can physically take since the maternity lead is like instantly adding 15lbs to me. Note: My BP has been high for me, but still in a safe range (130s/80s) and my pregnancy has been healthy (despite 24+ weeks of terrible morning sickness and recently tremendous fatigue) per my OB.
So my question is for y'all, any nurses but especially OR nurses... Is it wussy or ridiculous of me to go out of work around 36 or 37 weeks? I hate to be a complainer and I know there are some bad ass circs and scrubs who have worked up to D-day... It's silly but I'm afraid it makes me less of a woman or less of a nurse to go out early? What have y'all's experiences been like? Thanks for taking time to read... I never knew circulating could be so freakin exhausting!