changing working hours

Discussion in 'Pregnancy - Third Trimester' started by nicole_, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. nicole_

    nicole_ Aidy's Mummy

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    im struggling with night shifts
    i barely sleep cus of my back etc, and im so exhuasted when i do get to work :( and get so many headaches at night.
    are we within are rights to ask for the shifts to be changed to all early instead of some late/some early.
    would i need a doctors/midwives note for the sort of thing?
     
  2. Mum2MJ

    Mum2MJ Well-Known Member

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    I think it's generally understood that working day/regular shifts is better health wise for pregnant ladies, I would suggest asking and if they say no, go to your GP and get their backing, I'm sure they wouldn't have a problem doing that :)
     
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    happybeany Well-Known Member

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    You've lasted a lot longer than I would have :hugs: I'm with mum2mj, ask work first then if they're awkward get your backing xxx
     
  4. miss h

    miss h Well-Known Member

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    Hi hun,
    I was in a similar situation to you. I finally stopped nightshifts at about 32 weeks. I worked on a reception desk for hotel-like accommodation. My shifts are all 12 hours, which sounds bad but it is usually very quiet and I spend most of the night on the internet and watching tv/dvds. My consultant wanted me to stop nightshifts very early on but, I felt I could cope.

    It wasn't until around 30 weeks that the sleeping became a problem and my blood pressure kept going really high. I spoke to my manager and we agreed I would go on to days (still 12 hour and a lot busier than nights mind you). I did have to get a note from my G.P just to have in my HR folder as I want the opportunity of going back to nightshifts when I return to work.

    Personally I have found that coming off nights has helped. My BP is lower, I am sleeping (slightly) better and I am finding it a lot easier to get to my appointments.

    I would have a chat with your manager about it. Your G.P should have no problem writing you a note if you need it.
     

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