So I have always wanted to work as an L&D nurse and recently was offered a position to do just that, full time days even! I'm soooo thrilled! The only problem? In the mix of this all happening I found out I am pregnant. My husband and I are so excited but it is kind of scary changing jobs at a time like this. I don't want to miss this great opportunity because what if I don't ever get it again?? To make matters worse my pregnancy symptoms are out of control. I have bloating, gas, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. I have at least 1-2 of the above symptoms at all times, and sometimes all of them together. I've been to my obgyn 3 times with new medications added each time. Nothing has resolved the problem and I just feel hopeless. I really want this job though! What should I do?
Take the job. Who better to understand your symptoms and challenges than people who work with pregnant women all day! :-)
If you're still in the first trimester of pregnancy, I would guess your symptoms might lessen/resolve as your pregnancy progresses.
Last edit by toucheturtle on Sep 10, '12
Sep 10, '12
No one can tell you what to do. Only you can decide. I was offered a job in L&D (already work L&D) with $16 more an hour, better benefits. Would have to move three hours away. Was prepared to take the job when I found out I was pregnant. I had been trying to get pregnant for two and a half years and have never been pregnant before. My husband and I discussed it a lot and I ended up turning the job down, explaining why, and telling them that it's "hopefully just for now" the woman in HR said I had enough experience that it shouldn't be a problem getting the job offer again in the future. If its meant to be, I will be working there in a few years. Other than extreme fatigue, I really have no other pregnancy symptoms. That being said, I work in a level one hospital on day shift. The position was at a level three hospital on night shift. I can hardly make it through a 12 hour shift, I can not imagine doing this after relocating, working nights, and learning on an extreme curve. Again, that's me! You have to decide what is best for YOU, your baby, and your relationship. That's the only advice I can give; basically it's up to you.
Last edit by HeartsOpenWide on Sep 10, '12