I'm having a really stressful time at work & my manager is being a complete pleb & giving me grief.. She has never had anyone in her team pregnant before & hasn't a clue what to do.. like I gave her my MATB1 form & she said "Oh... Thanks.... I'll put it in your file". I cant believe I had to tell her what to do with it but there again if you have managers that are as thick as pig shit then you cant expect much more really ....
Anyway, its got to the stage where I cry almost every day over work stuff & even driving in this morning after having the weekend off I cried at just the thought of coming to work knowing I will get stress while I'm here..
Everyone keeps saying not to get stressed etc as its no good for baby.. but I cant seem to manage it like I used to & I think I need a break.
But how do I ask to get signed off? I've never done it before etc Do I go to the Dr's & say I'm stressed? I dont want to sit infront of him & look like a pillock when he turns me away without one..
I'm signed off due to not being able to take medication for Rheumatoid Arthritis. I simply could not have carried on at work. My Managers were fantastic and advised I went to Doctors to get signed off. I just told him I was finding it difficult and explained to him and he didn't hesitate. Just go ahead and have a chat. I'm certain your Doc would sign you off if you explained to him how you're feeling. There's no medal for struggling on. And work won't be able to do a thing about it. Hope you feel better soon.
Just talk to your midwife. She might do it tho mine wouldn't. I hated going work i'd feel sick the day before i was due back in. Thankfully they changed my duties just recently so its not as bad now but i still feel they caused me a lot of undue stress. I didn't know what to do about work either, i've never been signed off or anything like that - family members advised me to talk to my mw.
Does your place of employment have anyone there or designated to look after occupational health?
Usually it is your doctor or occupational health who has to declare you are unfit to work and need time off... at least here in Canada anyways. However, your employer has the right to declare you unfit for your job and send you on matleave early, but this will mean you come back early.
Legally I can't leave on matleave until the end of aug, however im going to try and stay until the end of sept so I can be off longer with the baby. It sucks, im in alot of pain usually and it is alot of running around and stressful situations (I work in a hospital) dealing with codes and patients all day.
i personally think most doctors would sign of pregnant women if they are unwell or having difficulties at work (stress etc). i went to one of my hospital appts and they were all ready to sign me off to rest (i don't work but they brought it up in case i do work) so i do think they are sympathetic and want the best for mother and baby.
i hope you get time off as it is no good being stressed at work.
I was on the sick for 2 weeks and my doctor said if I couldnt cope then he would sign me off until my mat leave started
Go and be honest with your GP, tell exactly how you feel
sometimes its really hard, I was working full time and looking after other children and I wasnt sleeping well so I ended up totally exhausted.
I have a weeks holiday this week and I start my Mat leave next week
I will be 35 weeks, so now I am just resting up and taking it easy.
How long do you want him to sign you off for? For the duration? Just wondered if you could have a week off on a self certificate and see how you feel at the end of that? If you still feel like you need some more time then go to the doctors and ask him to sign you off for longer as you're feeling under pressure and stressed. Good luck. Hope you get a result
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