Pregnant and working as RN - page 4

I would like to ask this to anyone who has worked as an RN while she was pregnant. I am 4 months along (my first), and work a 12-hour floor that is extremely busy. Sometimes I don't even get a... Read More

  1. by   askater11
    I worked until 3 days before my son's due date.

    I was working part time (24 hours a week) on the busiest, most hectic unit in our hospital. (at least that's what I've been told and believe's busy....I'm sure E.R.'s just as busy too)

    Anyway my 1st son weighed 5# 10 oz. at full-term. I truly believe it was related to job stress and lack of meals at work.

    Pregnancy #2...I worked the same unit but only once a week. When I worked I had a snack with me. A granola bar or something....just incase I couldn't leave the floor for a whole meal. I worked less. Baby #2 was 8# 10 oz. full-term baby fact I had to get induced a few days early b/c of his size and I'm so petite.

    Relax....take breaks....and eat!!!! Those are my hints....and CONGRATULATIONS!!!
  2. by   Joanne Gibson
    I worked up until 2 weeks before both of my children's births in a busy CCU. It was not easy, I was exhausted and was not given "lite" duty. Defibrilating patients was a challenge with a huge belly. I once had a nurse who worked until the end of her 12 hour shift, then I wheeled her down to OB, called her husband and told him to get there asap. Don't know how long she was in labor but can't imagine how exhaused she must have been.
  3. by   rowbucks
    I woke up 1 week overdue, having contractions, and went to work (7-3). I passed my meds, did treatments, etc. until 12p.m. The charge nurse made me call the doctor. I figured why sit at home or in the hospital when I can keep moving and speed things along. I had my daughter at 8:36 that night. :blushkiss
  4. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heart of texas

    When it comes to pregnancy and working I always respect the wishes of the pregnant women. She knows what best for her. And I am not going to offer any advise
  5. by   Mama Val
    When I was preggers with my twins my doctor said that I was going to deliver early (told him I wouldn't but he bet his paycheck on it) and that I should make plans to quit work at 6 months. Boy was HE wrong. I worked up until 6 days before I delivered and I was only 7 days early. Still haven't seen that paycheck.
    I had a very boring pregnancy and I felt better that I worked (8, 10 and 12 hour shifts) and was able to get out of the house and move around doing something I loved. The patients thought it was neat, the kids loved to touch my tummy and feel the boys move around it was an ice breaker sometimes :chuckle
    Listen to your body and do what you think is best for the baby, the hospital will still be standing there when you get back.
    After the babies were born I moved across the counrty twice so I didn't start working again for about 16 months.
    Question... why are you just asking the RNs...LPNs get pregnant and still work the same hours???????
    Last edit by Mama Val on Jul 21, '02
  6. by   dstout-rn
    Originally posted by cheerfuldoer sweet! Of course you'll upload their photos here so we can all have a look when they are born, won't you?

    I just love witty bitty babies! :kiss

    :roll :kiss
    They are here!!!!!!!!!!!! Born Nov 12 2002
  7. by   ayemmeff
    Oh!!!!! They are bee-yew-tee-ful!! Two gorgeous boys...Congratulations!
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    WAY TO GO!!!! ^5 they are precious.
  9. by   emily_mom
    OMG....what peanuts!! I want a baby....NOW.....

    My twin nephews were born premature at 28 weeks. They are now 15 months (12 actual...whatever) and they are HUGE! Sam was 2 lb 7.6 oz at birth and Ben was 3 lb 1.2 oz. Auntie adores them to death!!!

  10. by   traumaRUs
    I was in the military with son #1 - worked up until a week before delivery - no options. Then with son #2, I worked up until three hours before I gave birth, drove myself to OB appointment and was found to be 8cm dilated. Yikes!!! This was all when I was quite a bit younger. Some of my friends are having babies now in their 40's but don't think I would want that at this point. Good luck..
  11. by   dstout-rn
    They were born at 34 weeks because the smaller one was not getting enough food. Other than that they are both happy and healthy...
  12. by   ?burntout
    Originally posted by dstout-rn
    :roll :kiss
    They are here!!!!!!!!!!!! Born Nov 12 2002
    Congratulations! They are HANDSOME!! :kiss
  13. by   ?burntout
    Originally posted by tcolleen
    I would like to ask this to anyone who has worked as an RN while she was pregnant. I am 4 months along (my first), and work a 12-hour floor that is extremely busy. Sometimes I don't even get a chance to sit down to chart until the shift is over and I've handed over my patients. My question is this: has anybody worked a floor like this? Were you able to keep working up until your due date (or close to it)? I'm not sure what to expect. We are short-staffed (like almost all the other places these days) and I don't want to let pressure from management keep me working longer than is healthy for me or my baby. Also, what about after the birth? When did you return to work? Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
    I worked full time 12 hour days until 6 weeks when it was discovered I had some complications-I was put on bedrest for 8 weeks. I returned to work at 18 weeks part time and 8 hour shifts..then at 30 weeks, I was back on bedrest due to PIH.
    After my son was born and then, later, passed away-I took a leave of absence for 8 weeks.
    My OB/GYN did not allow me to take care of ANY isolation patients-he said that there were "plenty of other staff to take care of those patients"
    Listen to you OB-DO NOT let management interfere with the health of you and your baby...even if you feel "guilty" for your unit being short staffed-YOUR HEALTH AND THAT OF YOUR BABY IS MORE IMPORTANT!!!!

    GOOD LUCK :angel2: