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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 03:28 AM   1
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Working Hours in pregnancy...


Just wondered how many hours do you think is too much during pregnancy? I currently work 47.5 hours a week and I'm exhausted all the time. Do I have a right to reduce my working hours or should I just shut up and suck it up? Help!



 
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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 03:30 AM   2
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you are by law able to have more breaks think it 10-15min every 2 hours i used to work 4 hour shifts and i had 15min every 2 hours as was on my feet all day but it may depend on type of work you do ect?



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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 03:32 AM   3
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Jeez, I don't think I could work that many hours! I don't know if you have a legal right to reduce your working hours. But I assume the further along you get the more strain you'll put on your body, which will only make you more exhausted.

Would it be possible to have a chat with a supervisor/HR manager at work to see what they can do for you?

You have to look after yourself and your baby, working is good, but listen to your body and take it easier when it's telling you to slow down!

Hope you can get something sorted



 
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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 03:39 AM   4
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i work for a german supermarket and even though i'm contracted to do 20 hrs i have allways done 30+ (very sneakyly annoying this for when i go on matt leave as will only get 90%of the 20hrs!!) , i get paid an above average wage to work a little harder seen as we run with fewer staff but these past few wks i too have struggled with doung nearly 40hrs,so a lot less than you. i can ask my boss to put me on just my 20hrs as soon as i want to but will hold off till a bit later on, you on the other hand will have to do your contracted hrs, but you are entitled to the extra breaks that you must take even if you are made to feel uncomfortable by doing this - the law is on your side!!

your 48 hrs is to much now you are pregnant i personally think, whats your contracted hrs, surely not the 48 your doing now?



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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 03:40 AM   5
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I work 48.5 hours a week, every week.. and I wont be reducing my hours.. I dont feel I need to at the moment ..
Im also not taking mat until im 40 weeks though..as I want more time off the otherside..

I dont know if you can ask to reduce your hours or not, your probs need to check with HR or your line manager ...
As long as they are not under staffed I cant see why you cant drop a few hours!



 
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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 03:40 AM   6
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We don't have a HR department unfortunately as our sister company is a legal firm and last time I tried asking them about anything they were horrid to me and told me I should think about my boss and work right up until I went into labour! They also told me they tell mewhen I go on maternity leave - I don't think so! I'm a secretary in an estate agents and although the work isn't busy or stressful I'm just finding 9.5 hour working days really tough. I get home have dinner and thenput my pj's on. Yesterday I had the day off and enough energy to bake a cake and 2 course meal for DH.

I'm just so fed up of being exhausted, silly I know as there's women who have it a lot worse than me. There's nowhere to rest in the office and I'm left on my own for at least 8 hours of the working day. I'm in the office from 8am til 5.30 pm every day and I just can't do it anymore. If I could just leave at 3.30pm or something like that it would make such a difference and knock 10 hours off my working week.

Sorry for moaning just nobody else I can really ask. Thanks for your advice so far XXX



 
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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 03:41 AM   7
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I didnt think it was even legal to work that many hours in a week???

If you feel like it is to much for you then maybe get your doctor to write a note to say you need to reduce the number of hours you do or just speak to the company and see what they suggest. Dont over do it though as you need your rest!

I work 35 hours a week which is classed as full time for my company and that is enough for me

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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 03:48 AM   8
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CeeCee2010, I know exactly how you feel; I am more or less in the same boat! I work from 9:00 to 17:30, and 3 hoarse of commuting. I am existed! I thought of reducing my hoarse as well or work just 4 days a week. Not sure what my manager will say about this tough...

I hope this tiredness will go away soon!



 
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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 03:54 AM   9
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my company have told me that its illegal to work over 38 and a half hrs pw, so we get capped at that - thank god!! if say you were to fall in your office and hurt yourself and needed to go to hospital and at the hospital they asked you how you managed to fall over and you replied ' i'm just so tired as ive been doing 48hrs pw wk at work, even though ive asked them to reduce my hours as i feel i cant do this any more as with me being pregnant i'm tired much more easily', then if you where to go to your union with your pregnancy folder,doctors note and discharge letter from the hosp you would have a very strong case for action. and they would fall over themselfes to reduce your hours xx



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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 04:09 AM   10
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Personally i have gone down the route of getting myself signed off sick so that occ health will consider reduced working hours as an alternative to having me off sick for the rest of my pregnancy. I mean I am signed off for legitimate reasons, am not bunking off! i only do 3 days a week but I work shifts of earlies lates and nights. I have oc health today so hopefully they can reduce me a bit x



 
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