So I got a new job as a carer in people's homes then I found out I was pregnant the following day. I will be 14 weeks on Wednesday. Only thing is I work from 6.45 am and I can finish at 9.30 pm with 3 hours off in the middle. I enjoyed it at first but now I'm really dreading each day. I find it so tiring and I'm not sleeping well at night anyway. It's a hard job. I don't think I will qualify for maternity pay due to the timings starting this job. What I'm wondering is, is their any point looking for something else or should I just stick it out for the next 5 amd a half months?
Does your manager know you're pregnant and have you spoken to them about how you're feeling? It's their duty to risk assess you so you are protected during pregnancy from things that might put you at risk, such as your hours. Also things like moving and handling which I guess you do lots of if you're a carer.
Check your employer's maternity policy re your pay as you might be entitled.
Wolfie i wouldn't just leave I would have to go to another job but a lot of companies wont take on pregnant women. I cant keep doing the hours im doing especially when i start to get better. Im just not sure whether to just stay and hate it for the next 5 months or just find something else
Check your maternity policy. Your employer has to safeguard you during pregnancy so could they not move you to office based? Secondly, if you don't qualify, you could just temp which would afford you sine flexibility in terms of hours and types of roles.
Hello lovely, thats awful theyre treating you like that. Id talk to them and explain your concerns....if theyre human they will understand. I'm in a similar predicament. I have got made redundant recently and so applied like mad for jobs only to find out I'm pregnant. I'm 5+4. I have some interviews coming up. Do I go to them?! I do have a previous history of miscarriage and am fortunate enough that financially we could probably afford it if I didn't work. Bit of a stress head and not sure what to do tbh