Working while pregnant?

Nurses General Nursing


I have been trying for 10 years to get pregnant. I have suffered 4 miscarriages thus far, the most recent was this past March. I just found out I am 4 weeks pregant on 8-28-00. I am also in the job transition of starting at a VA hospital on the Med/Surg floor. I am currently a physician's nurse in a Medical Clinic. I have seen an OB specialist and am on Progesterone TID x 12 weeks to get me through the first trimester. So far everything is going fine. I don't have any restrictions as of yet, and will be getting weekly labs and regular exams and sono's.

I am just worried about working while pregnant. Haven't had to go through this before and don't know what to expect. Especially starting a new job. If any nurse can share experience and helpful ideas, I would love to hear them. Any advice, or comments I would greatly appreciate!

Thank you~ Jodie

[This message has been edited by Jo_deye_yuh (edited September 01, 2000).]

First of all, you need to talk to our doctor about this. You should be seeing a perinatologist because with your history, you are a high risk patient. It all depends on if you know why you have had the miscarriages. Make an appointment with a perinatologist to start your prenatal care now.

If you have an employee health or occupational health nurse in your system, you can always ask for accomodation along the way! I deal with our pregnant employees all the time and there are a variety of ways to insure that you are being cautious in the workplace. Pregnancy disability is a protected status under most labor and state laws. As someone who also tried for a long time to get pregnant and then successfully did, good luck... But take care as the months progress!!!

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