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Old Sep 6th, 2017, 13:47 PM   1
willowblossom
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Are there any other mums still doing a physical job?


Hi ladies! Just wondered if there are others still working and doing a physical job? . If so when are you / or did you stop working? How are you coping physically?
I am work with horses so am still doing lots of walking, mucking out stables and heavy lifting. I'm planning on stopping at 33 weeks hopfully as my spd is getting worse as time goes on I will be sad to stop working though.



 
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Old Sep 6th, 2017, 15:02 PM   2
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I'm 19 weeks and still working in a commercial kitchen. That can get pretty full on - especially when we have back to back bookings and can seat 180 patrons at a time.

I was doing the same job this time last year and I would have been about 36 weeks pregnant. The deal with my boss was I had to be aware of what my job is and what it involved so if I hadn't made a judgement call as to when I needed to finish up or not, then my boss would make it for my sake and the health of my baby. 36 weeks I was still up and down stairs several times a day, running around a kitchen, cleaning, lifting heavy objects etc. There is nothing easy about working in a kitchen let me tell you. I have had several people tell me over the last few years that all I'm doing is 'washing dishes and it's not that physical'. No, dishes isn't but everything else is. I started having twinges around 36 weeks so when I went into work I told the Chef and he agreed that taking Maternity 2 weeks earlier than we'd agreed was advisable. He was really worried at one point I would be delivering my baby on the kitchen floor during a busy shift. I was due to finish up Oct 2nd but it's just as well I took my leave that 2 weeks early because that was the day he was born! Had I gone to work as normal he would have been born in the middle of my shift. Needless to say, the Chef almost passed out when I went in to see him the day after I delivered to introduce baby to them all and told him what day he was born. The look on his face was priceless! Even though I had finished early, you could see the blood just drain from his face.

If you feel you are okay to keep working, by all means, keep going. No one else can tell you when your leave should be effective. Some woman work right up to their EDD - which is what I wanted to do (he was due Oct 16) but my partner, Chef and immediate boss all told me it was NOT happening.



 
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Old Sep 6th, 2017, 18:34 PM   3
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I am still working my job which can be a bit of work most days, though some days not so much. I work with animals and kids. Taking care of an animal collection has lots of bending, squatting, lifting, standing and walking, as does working with kids.

I had the same job last time and worked right up to delivery. I finished up my work week on a Thursday went to my doctor Friday and had gone into PTL and my boys were born.

My work does get on me if I do things they don't think I should be doing. I do computer work as well so some days are lax. I am planning on working until I am due but it just depends on how it goes. I don't really like pregnancy so I am miserable again. Baby is extremely low so I am just hoping she sticks in at least a few weeks longer then the boys did.

Your really the only person who can make that call. If you feel you should be taking it easy then you probably should. You can always talk to your OB and see what they say. I am sure they'd write you a light duty note for work if you feel you need it.



 
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Old Sep 6th, 2017, 20:28 PM   4
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37 weeks and still working 10+ hour shifts as a physiotherapist. Involves lots of walking, bending, and lifting. I honestly think my job is partly why I still feel so good! I'm going on maternity leave at 39 weeks, so just 2 to go. But I know a physiotherapist who went into labor at work, finished her shift, and walked down the hall to labor and delivery. We, physiotherapists are a stubborn lot! 🤣



 
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Old Sep 6th, 2017, 23:13 PM   5
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I am a vet nurse in a very busy 24 hour emergency hospital where we work 12 hr shifts. I'm wrestling with animals, lifting them on/off tables and in/out of cages, getting down on the floor with them, wedging myself into kennels to do treatments, etc. When not pregnant I don't really notice how active the job is, but it gets really tough when you have a big pregnant belly. My calves were always so sore because in order to get close enough to the table to do treatment on the animals I would have to stand on my tip toes for long periods of time so my belly could rest on the table! I made it to 37 weeks with my first pregnancy and 39 weeks with my second. I think that even though it feels tough at work, it's a good thing to be in a position where you have to stay mobile.



 
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Old Sep 7th, 2017, 00:33 AM   6
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It's nice to hear from so from people doing different kinds of workl I don't know about any of you ladies but there is no way I could sit in an office all day! I am self employed so no hope of light duties but when I finish I will probably carry on with a couple if smaller jobs until I pop just to keep me active! I worked until my due date with my second but was working with kids so no way near as strenuous as what I'm doing now. I no il get very bored finishing so early this time! 😁



 
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Old Sep 8th, 2017, 13:33 PM   7
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I have horses and also worked through previous pregnancies . My first I worked on a racing yard . I rode out until 20 weeks , took horses racing til 24weeks then stayed on yard duties til 34weeks . I rode our horses til 36w . Second baby I worked on a livery yard doing all yard duties til 25weeks . Rode my horse til 25weeks . Third baby we just had show ponies and I done all yard stuff until a day before my csection . This pregnancy I have my rather exuberant homebred warmblood youngster . I'm in the process of getting all his ground work and backing without actually getting on . So after I've had baby he'll be ready to get on and go!! I do all yard stuff and intend to keep doing it . I'm walking him out in hand for a few miles 3-4 times a week as well . I'm swimming 30 lengths 3-4 times a week as well . Also fence judging for BE and course building for showjumping at my livery yard . I plan to do most of the above until baby comes !!! Xxxx you'll know when to stop xxxx



 
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Old Sep 9th, 2017, 02:26 AM   8
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I'm an ICU nurse and work 12 hour night shifts. Lots of lifting, lots of running around, and if I have a very sick patient I might not sit for the entire 12+ hours. I just finished working at 38 exactly. I probably could have kept going till right now st 39, but the idea of being up for over 24 hours for work then going into labor sounded awful and I didn't want to chance it. Plus I just wanted the extra time at home with my son before life changes. I think between my job and running around after my two year old is what has kept me feeling this good for this long. Of coarse being pregnant is hard and it's not that I don't have aches and pains or challenges and I've certainly had my days, but overall I've felt pretty good.



 
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