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Pregnant! When to tell supervisor?

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trauma_lama has 7 years experience as a ADN and specializes in Trauma, Emergency.

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Hey guys, first off, hooray!!! I'm 2-3 weeks pregnant. Suuuuuperexcited!!! I'm an OR nurse (and a new grad-could I have picked a crazier more stressful time in life??) and I'm wondering if I should go ahead and let my DON and charge nurse know because of x-ray/chemicals like formalin/heavy-ish lifting that is common in the OR setting? When did y'all tell? What do you think? Obviously it's too early to tell family and friends, but I want to make sure I protect my little nugget as best as I can and it will be hard as a circulator to stand behind a door during X-ray without 'splainin a little. Ahhhhhh my husband and I are thrilled!!!!!! Wheeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for your insight :-)

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CheesePotato is a BSN, RN and specializes in Sleep medicine,Floor nursing, OR, Trauma.

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First and most importantly:

CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS and best wishes to you and your lil' brineshrimp.

Secondly:

As an OR nurse to an OR nurse, it is imperative that you inform your charge/manager as soon as possible so that assignments and accommodations can be made to remove you from all possible risky cases: cement, prolonged X-ray exposure, etc and so proper protective equipment can be provided--> Going forward, if you do not already, it is of utmost importance you wear both a skirt and vest with appropriate overlap of the abdomen so as to prevent X-ray exposure to Niblet. A lead gown/smock is not acceptable.

Furthermore, should you need an altered schedule for pre-natal care or because your mornings suddenly involve a little less running on time and little more heaving your ever loving guts out, they can work with with you instead of against you.

Although you are telling your manager and charge, you are well within your rights to request that this news, although fantastic, be kept on the down low and left to your discretion as to when and if anyone is told.

Kindest regards and best wishes,

~~CP~~

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klone has 14 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

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If you're two weeks pregnant, that means you just ovulated. When you talk about pregnancy, you also add the twoish weeks from last period to ovulation. So you're probably 4-5 weeks. Congrats! I would wait until after about 10 weeks, then tell your manager. Good luck! In a normal pregnancy, lifting is not a concern.

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If you're two weeks pregnant, that means you just ovulated. When you talk about pregnancy, you also add the twoish weeks from last period to ovulation. So you're probably 4-5 weeks. Congrats! I would wait until after about 10 weeks, then tell your manager. Good luck! In a normal pregnancy, lifting is not a concern.

Haha. I was thinking "if your two weeks pregnant shouldn't you and your husband be doing something right about now?" :woot:

Congrats on the pregnancy though!

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I have no wisdom to offer, but congratulations!!!

The first response sounds wise, but I really don't know.

Best wishes, keep us updated.

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If you're two weeks pregnant, that means you just ovulated. When you talk about pregnancy, you also add the twoish weeks from last period to ovulation. So you're probably 4-5 weeks. Congrats! I would wait until after about 10 weeks, then tell your manager. Good luck! In a normal pregnancy, lifting is not a concern.

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xoemmylouox has 13 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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I agree with CP 100%! Congrats and enjoy this time. The first few months seem to drag on, but I'm in my 9th month and wonder where the last 3 went.

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trauma_lama has 7 years experience as a ADN and specializes in Trauma, Emergency.

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Thanks so much yall! I didn't check back on this thread til my break, do I had already done a spine case with X-ray and only a single-layer apron <:- just told my don and yea i a dingbat didn stop to think weeks from lmp- that considered now. holy cow thanks for your support love wisdom xoxo>

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Nurse Kyles has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Cath Lab & Interventional Radiology.

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Congrats! I'm glad you told your supervisor! It looks like CheesePotato gave you some great advice! Good Luck!

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