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Old Nov 1st, 2011, 05:34 AM   1
Flutterby1976
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Sickness & nausea affecting work


Hi ladies

My all day nausea has now turned into around 6 hours of actual sickness bouts which have had me literally sprinting to the loo. Yesterday when not in the loo I was having mega hot flushes and was wretching at my desk with a fan on full blast praying that no one would come talk to me!

I'm a manager to a team of 68 and haven't gone public yet, although a few have been told because of earlier complications, but the rumour mill is in overdrive plus many heard me throwing up in the loos and i look horrendous at mo so I think it is known, but prob doesn't look good on my part with the way I'm coping, or not coping!

my bosses also know but being male have not been too sympathetic about me having to leave office rather than spend the whole time there in the loo or going in late when I have been up since 2am being ill and trying to grab a couple of hours kip cos I'm absolutely exhausted.

I have a docs appointment tomorrow to discuss as I'm feeling so rotten and emotional which isn't helped by the tiredness, not sure whether to ask to be signed off a week to be honest.

Anyone else got the same issues that are affecting them at work and what did docs advise/ you do to get round it?

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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 07:07 AM   2
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Not one reply...surely I am not the only one suffering?

Doc has signed me off for a week and prescribed Stemetil anti sickness drugs, but advised that with any anti sickness drug there is a risk in pregnancy.

OH and my mum have said not to take them as its not worth taking any risk considering how long it has taken me to get pregnant, so I'll struggle on, but doc says this week/next week should be the peak of the sickness.

fingers crossed he's right.

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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 07:41 AM   3
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Sorry - missed this yesterday. I was going to say that your doctor will probably sign you off. Sickness in pregnancy shouldn't be treated any differently than non-pregnancy sickness. So if you had food poisoning and were being sick 24/7 you wouldn't go to work, presumably? I think because it's common not to tell your manager until after the 12 week scan (certainly in the UK anyway) people tend to suffer in silence when they're really quite ill, rather than tell their boss because it's not the done thing.

I hope you feel better soon

ETA: if there were serious known risks for pregnancy your doctor wouldn't have prescribed you that medication. It's very normal in North America and other developed nations, for women to be prescribed anti-sickness for morning sickness and we don't hear of significant birth defects etc. because of it. Your choice obviously, but bear in mind that GPs tend to err massively on the side of caution when it comes to pregnancy and medication.



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 08:42 AM   4
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I am suffering with this too. I was fine for a week and a half and felt awful yesterday. My work output and content was so bad I had sneak out at 5 feeling like a fraud and that I should give a days pay back. I am exhausted and was woken up at 6 thids morning havingto sprint to the bathroom. So far I have been ill twice at work today I know I need more rest but am really struggling and am thinking of heading to the doctors tomorrow.



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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 10:33 AM   5
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I've been puking everything I eat out ... it's awful. I feel sick all the time and I breath through my mouth only now because any smell of food makes my stomach flip. BUT I am starving ... so this is awful.

Doc prescribed me Diclectin but I think it is only available in Canada & UK. I checked online and it's completely safe for pregnancy.

Helps just a little ... still threw up my whole dinner last night and the meds make me even more tired. But I do feel less nauseous ...

I truly hope you feel better. Just a few more weeks. Fingers crossed that it goes away for both of us by 2nd tri!



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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 11:50 AM   6
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Ughk sick


My nausea started around 7-8 weeks and has really intensified this last week (now 9 weeks). Its not too bad in the daytime if I snack regularly, that helps but its from 6pm onwards that is pretty horrific. Worse at bed time when I'm so tired, all I want to do is sleep but no, up and down with head down the toilet. Have to sleep almost in an upright position, coz I feel too sick to lie flat. Im a nurse and work long days til 8.30pm and its becoming like torture not getting in til 9.30pm. Had a week off work at 7 weeks but as I feel ok (ish) in the day, apart from tired and odd wave of nausea, feel a bit fraudulent just sitting here watching day time tv. Asked work if I could finish at 6 but they said no, theres too many people on flexible working at the moment and they cant afford anymore to finish early as they have to provide a service, which is fair enough I suppose, but not great for me.
Good thing about telling work is anything pregnancy related doesnt count towards sick time so they cant discipline you for having lots of episodes.
People keep saying it will be gone by 12 weeks, then someone else says 14 weeks, then 16 weeks and now I hear 20 weeks! Gutted.
Oh and preggie pops DONT work! 9 for 21 sweets. Sherbet lemons work better and are cheaper!



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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 13:15 PM   7
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With my DD I had sickness for eight and a half months so being sick doesnt bother me its just the inconvenience. Someone said today at work that the tiredness and sickness is just getting you ready for sleepness nights ahead and I pointed out that when that happens I will be on maternity leave and not in my full time job so can rest more!!! If we decide to have another one I am volunteering my OH to have it!!!



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Old Nov 4th, 2011, 05:27 AM   8
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Thanks ladies.

I know the docs have to tell you the facts and they probably prescribe the anti sickness drugs all the time, but the paranoid half, or should I say 3/4's of me just can't do it when I am doing everything else by the book and even letting my grey roots come through as hubs wont let me colour it again until well in second tri!

I took docs suggestion of cutting down on milk products and this morning, after marmite soldiers and hard boiled eggs, so far so good.

I also heard it should be gone by 14-16 weeks, but have gone back reading old posts on here and some ladies have had sickness all the way through, praying I wont be one of them!

I've got midwife app this afternoon so will discuss with her as well.

Take care xx



 
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