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08/04/2013 at 14:58
anybody work nights here during pregnancy? I work an average of six 12 hour nights a month will around 6/7 13 hour day shifts and thats full time. It's a very emotionally an physically demanding job and in finding the nights are killing me abit. looking at my colleagues who've had babies there's quite a few who have had prem babies or had complications in pregnancy. Am I pathetic for coming off nights in the next couple of weeks? Has anyone done this?
08/04/2013 at 15:04
I dont do nights, but I would say you are definately not pathetic for coming off them! If its an option that your work allow and you can cope with any possible financial implications then I would think you were more daft (in the nicest possible way!) for keeping going with them. It cant be great normally, let alone when pregnant.
08/04/2013 at 15:20
I did the same. 6 nights a month and 7 day shifts.
I struggled towards the end as I has terrible reflux that stopped me sleeping. I almost went to my manager to say I couldn't cope after being in tears after not sleeping but in the end I got a chest infection and was signed off. I think it just depends how you are coping. I don't know of any of my colleagues that had complications just because they worked nights. N was born fit and healthy.
I remember a few people used to ask me if I got to stop working nights now I was pregnant, how I laughed!
08/04/2013 at 15:27
Hi, I'm 33 weeks pregnant at the moment, and gave up my night shifts at 28 weeks. Like you, I found them really difficult, and I know I would be finding them even more difficult if I was still doing them as I'm getting increasingly tired. I guess everyone's different, but I felt there was no point putting my body through any more stress than it needed to. I spoke to a couple of midwives and the obstetrician about it, and generally they said it was just up to the individual. However, one midwife said that she personally recommends pregnant women give up after 28 weeks, so I jumped on that! Work weren't particularly great about it, but they accepted it once I'd got the backing of the midwife. I hope your work are more supportive about it. Surely it's better to pace ourselves than burn ourselves out and not be able to work at all. Good luck and I hope it all works out for you :)
08/04/2013 at 20:04
I work in the NHS and have to do 24 hour shifts :-( I stopped doing them around 5 months, I was too tired but also we are lone workers over night so no-one else to deal with patients with chicken pox etc which obviously I wanted to avoid! Carried on doing 16 hour shifts up until 30 odd weeks as theatres 2 of us, went on mat leave at 35 weeks as was shattered! Lol. Definitely stop if you can. X
08/04/2013 at 20:09
I work in a&e, did nights till 7 months but that was through choice, occ health wise you aren't required to do nights after 20 weeks so speak to your ward manager as a risk assessment should be done.
08/04/2013 at 20:10
I mean I worked in a&e not any more
08/04/2013 at 21:47
I had a risk assessment done at 14 weeks and my shift pattern has been slightly adapted. It's not so much doing the nights, it's the transition from nights to days etc. may give it a couple more weeks and come off at 6 months, just isn't want to be too precious about being pregnant
08/04/2013 at 22:28
I never had a risk assessment, my managers are crap!
09/04/2013 at 22:30
Another NHS worker here. I did nights up until I was 33 weeks and ended up starting mat leave early two weeks later, as they just exhausted me.
09/04/2013 at 23:00
Not a night worker, but coming from it from a different angle - your SMP is worked out on your average weekly earnings between certain weeks during your pregnancy, so if you can hold off on giving up nights (and therefore unsociable hrs pay) until you're 25wks (which I think is the end of that period) you'll get more SMP.
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