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when did your pg really affect your job?

(34 Posts)
redwellybluewelly Wed 12-Dec-12 20:25:13

My lovely teacher friend is really struggling at 33weeks, has opted to finish at ending this term and will have a good 6-7 weeks before baby arrives. Or more as first baby and might be later.

I want to work until 38weeks due to various project commitments (part desk based part site based) and I remember with my first still being relatively unaffected in as much as work went until 38/39 weeks. Obviously every pg is different but I was wondering when you felt you had to scale back what you did?

Thank you

allchik Sat 15-Dec-12 21:52:07

Hi,Im a teacher and am finishing at Christmas break,I will be 38wks.Quite shocked Ive lasted this long,but have been really lucky n havent felt bad at all. To be honest it was the first 16 wks which were crap,just remember having to dash from my classroo 3 or 4 times a day to puke n felt close to tears as was so tired.The last trimester has been a doddle compared to the first. But my friend has been the op,sailed through t first 18wks with no puking or fatigue but now at 28wks is really struggling n is thinking of leaving asap x

Lora1982 Sat 15-Dec-12 21:56:31

Im 37+2 and only just starting to suffer. Im doing a desk job and finish tuesday i dont think i could take any longer!

leniwhite Sat 15-Dec-12 21:58:41

I'm almost 26 weeks now and until this week was feeling hugely energetic, but suddenly I'm struggling to get through the day. I work as a PA in Canary Wharf and I teach music in the evenings, so i get up at 6am and work until 8pm. Luckily work are being really great about the possibility of me taking a day a week working from home but I think it's more the 90 min tube commute in rush hour that takes its toll. I have to go and lie in the first aid room for ten minutes between meetings! I don't take a lunch break and then I start feeling really weird at about 3pm. My iron levels were really good at last check but my baby is already visibly moving and people keep commenting on how huge my bump is. Other than this utter exhaustion it's been relatively easy!

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 15-Dec-12 22:05:54

I had HG so I pretty much puked in between calls and meetings all the way up to 38 weeks when I left.

AgathaTrunchbull Sat 15-Dec-12 23:30:34

Same story here, allchik. Finish on Friday at pretty much 38 weeks bang-on. Dead tired quite a lot of the time, but I still seem to be able to teach as normal, mostly. Nothing's slowing down (3 year groups taking internal exams at the moment that need marking) and I'm getting a bit fed up of certain people nagging at me to do less work, when I actually can't in order to be ready to go on maternity leave and not have anything to do in the holiday just in case. Don't think I'd be managing this well if I had to commute into town on the tube every day, though! Thank goodness for the car!

monsterchild Sat 15-Dec-12 23:35:43

I'm 39 weeks right now, but will be working right up until I go into labor, really. I just hope my water doesn't break while in court! But as I have a desk job, the worst part is getting into and out of the car, and sitting for too long.

Pontouf Sun 16-Dec-12 08:05:34

I am 24 weeks with DC2. I work as an a theatre nurse so am on my feet for ten hour shifts (with a half hour lunch break in the middle). I have a two year old and am suffering with a horrendous cough and cold which has lasted over a month. I am really struggling but to be honest I don't think my work has been affected that much. It is more my home life. I get home from work at 6.30ish, bath my son and put him to bed, eat a meal and then go straight to bed. I am often in bed for 8-8.30 at the moment and it is the only way I am managing to keep going. It means I don't really get to spend much time with my husband - he works funny hours too so we only have one day a week where we are both at home.
It also means I don't really get any time to myself at all, I am either at work, looking after my son or asleep. But it's working ok for now. I had been planning to work till 36 weeks but am now thinking I may go at 34.

LaTrucha Sun 16-Dec-12 08:10:15

From 7 weeks. I had HG and really struggled (didn't actually really go in) until I was signed off from 9 weeks until I was obliged to take the earliest maternity leave

LikeCandy Sun 16-Dec-12 09:10:26

I'm currently 24w and Friday was the first day I struggled at work.
8hrs on my feet gave me very swollen legs/ankles and lower back/pelvic pain. I'm hoping my bosses will be sympathetic and let me spend more time on 'sitting down' work as I get further along.
I'm hoping to work to 36w (DC1)
Although i feel very well, i cant believe the tiredness! I'm usually in bed by 9/10pm (much to DH disgust!)

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