I am 33+3 and just got home from a 10 hour shift at work. I was literally in tears as soon as I got in my car. I work retail and am the only manger on Sundays so I am on my feet constantly. Is anyone else doing this? Luckily, this is my only 10 hour shift a week. I feel like I can't physically do it anymore. Am I just being a big baby??? I am really tempted to ask my midwife if she can give me an excuse to not have to work more than a 7-8 hour day...
A 10 hour shift on your feet all day is way too much at your stage! I started my mat leave last week as I was standing all day with little chance of a break.! I would definitely ask your midwife for advice. Good luck honey. X
I work in retail too and am still doing my 9hours 5days a week. My job is very active and involves a fair bit of manual lifting for the first part. I struggle too but my worst day is by far Wednesday. I'm 34+1 and finish work 36+3 - only two weeks to go! If you feel you need to cut down then do it! I don't think you're being a baby in the slightest!xox
I work in retail too. I had my hours changed when I informed my employer that I was pregnant. There is something on the rick assesment about not working accesive hours, so I really don't think they can legally make you do that. I was working 4 days a week before I got pregnant. Doing a split shift on a saturday, with too little time to get home in between the shifts, so would be at work for over 14 hours. When I told my manager that I was pregnant, he immediately changed my hours, so that I am now working 5 days a week, and non of my shift are over 6,5 hours. But I'm on the same number of hours as before. Might be different cos I have only ever been part time, but you shouldn't be doing that long shifts, that's just mean.
I used to do 12 hour shifts in an office and that used to kill me never mind actually walking about all day! You need a risk assessment or you need to spread your hours over more days and get someone else to cover your long shifts.
I'm in retail and on my feet for 9 hour shifts, I think soon I will have to spread the hours a bit better if my manager allows it as its just getting too much. Bring it up with your superior that you can't do 10 hour shifts, your not being a baby at all!
I did 10 hour night shifts up until 30 weeks then moved to dayshift and did 9 hour shifts and my last week was a tough week as i did 50 hours and like you i am on my feet(retaill manager too) i finished at 37 weeks, if i had realised how tough dayshift was going to be i would of just stayed on nightshift doing the ten hour shifts but that's just me, i also wish i had finished at 36 weeks as when i finished at 37 i was so run down i had a cold and was ill all week my second week off i spent cleaning and entertaining my mum and sister which was nice but tough and my third week has been cut short due to getting induced 4 days before my due date, to be honest i could of done with an extra week off so just i feel more prepared, ie like get a big food shop in. I do think that working so long has kept me more active and kept the weight off(have only put on three pounds yay) If you feel like you can't do the long shifts, then definitely ask for smaller ones, you know how your body is coping, if they cant give you shorter shifts then just start taking more breaks, resting and looking after yourself, sorry for waffleing on hehe, hope some of that helps
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