I've been suffering with morning sickness but found if I eat every 2 hours sometimes less that I'm much better. Do they have to let you take a minute to eat a bowl of cereal or something? I can't cope otherwise. I've heard random stories like if you fall asleep they have to let you sleep lol. I'd like to know the basic treatment I can expect because where I work they aren't very caring about their staff and would use things against me. Thanks
I work in a nursery with 2-5 year olds. I can't sit down much and I'm around food a lot where they have breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, tea. I told them I'm struggling and need to eat but I don't think they quite realised how much I need to eat. The deputy is pregnant herself but she skipped all morning sickness so doesnt understand how I feel. She had the right hump when I said I had to go home the other day. I'd had breakfast and thrown it up as I was due to leave for work so I was 10 mins late. Had lunch and said I had to go as I was going to chuck it back up. I've not struggled when eating lunch before so its getting worse. I've been off and not puked since the morning after when I threw up as soon as I woke. X
Any time you have off for ilness due to pregnancy cannot be used against you in any way shape or form, it would be classed as sexual discrimination in the uk.
I would just explain the situation to them & also print off the guidelines from the acas website saying that sickness can't count against you (just incase they don't believe you)& then explain that you do not want to have to stay off at all but you are asking for a little help with regards to a few changes you will have to make.
Clearly let them know that the alternative will be that you will have to remain at home until the sickness passes.
I'm sure that will help
Hi, i work in a nursery too with the same age range so understand the not being able to sit down - its an absolute nightmare. I am finding it a touch easier now, but maybe that is just because i am getting used to it now. When i told work at 6 weeks they did a risk assesment, they have been fab, for example i am not allowed to hoover or mop now, if i am tired i can take a short break (but i often find its not worth the bother, by the time i get to the staff room 3 floors up its time to come down lol.) I have been very lucky that i have not suffered with sickness, but i have been hungry so they have accomodated earlier lunches if needed or allowed me to eat fruit at snacktime with the children.
As previous people have said they can't discriminate against any sickness related to pregnancy. I would ask for a risk assesment and be honest about what you need.
Hi I worked in a nursey while pregant with Sophie so I also understand the struggle, I was very lucky with her and had no sickness (god I wish for that now!) but they were very good with things like letting me rest and I was moved out of the room later on because it was to much of a strain on my back,
I found that I snacked with the children thought the day and in most nurseys they want you to anyway to show good role models, so take a healthy snack and sit with them I used to eat what the children had as they liked us to eat with them but i know some places are strict with there food out goings ect.
Good luck and don't be afrid to speck up if somthing is wrong or you are struggaling I know in many private nurseys they get away with the bare minimum of staff which can also be a strain getting stress out over numbers. I was lucky and worked in a Childrens centre which are usally over staffed most of the time so I was able to take short breaks if needed xx
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