Question for BTDT working while pg

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Question for BTDT working while pg
Wed, 03-03-2010 - 7:47pm

I have a pretty high stress job (desk job).

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Registered: 06-05-2008
Wed, 03-03-2010 - 9:00pm
I've not worked while pregnant with twins, but I would've been scheduled to return to work on a part-time basis when I was about 33 wks. My boss decided against that. He had talked to his sister who had had twins and she told him that once you hit 7 mos you just want to keep those babies in there as long as possible. Thus, he told me that they weren't expecting me in, even though I had expected to go in. In hindsight, this was probably a wise decision. (I'm 35 wks now.) It's easy to get tired and worn out. You need to stay well hydrated and fed too, which can be difficult if you're working. (Having to run to the bathroom at least once an hour would be a p-i-t-b.) Personally, I have concluded that I would've regretted to have committed to working even on a part-time basis at this point in my pregnancy.
hth somewhat. I'm sure others will reply with their experiences too. But there's no hard and fast rule on when to work and how much - that much I've learned.
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Registered: 09-10-2006
Thu, 03-04-2010 - 12:03am

I asked the exact same question on this board, and then a couple weeks later had to unexpectedly quit work :)

I'm guessing a lot would depend on your overall health, whether or not you're high(er) risk, what kind of job you have, ie: stressful? on your feet a lot? etc.

Originally my doctor said I could expect to work as long as regular pregnancy, but that it could change at any second. At 23 weeks I started spotting and she ordered me to quit work immediately. I was put on bedrest and after a couple days off my feet, the spotting stopped. I asked her what would happen if I didn't follow her orders and she said something to the effect of finding a new doctor (she's really great, and I don't think hyper-vigilance is necessarily a bad thing in twin pregnancies).

Anyway, I've not been permitted to go back to work. And after being on bedrest for a short while my employer actually said they didn't want me back (only because they were scared something would happen). But my job was also very physical and a bit stressful. I was on my feet all day working with a young boy with special needs.

So I went from expecting work to like 30 weeks, to being unable to at 23. It really will probably be a play by play situation for you as well. HTH!!



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Registered: 07-12-2005
Fri, 03-05-2010 - 5:42pm

With my first twin pregnancy, I also had a high-stress full time job (worked in politics). I arranged to leave at 30 weeks, and was sooooo glad I did. That really was the point for me where I just needed to rest more. My OB put me on "modified bedrest" which was enough to allow me to take short-term disability for the remainder of my pregnancy (which lasted 38 weeks).

I would encourage you to try to make similar arrangements... I can't imagine having to focus on a high-stress job any longer than that. At that point, it's just time to focus on the babies and keeping yourself as healthy as possible.

Good luck!

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Sat, 03-06-2010 - 11:31am
I too worked a high stress desk job when I was pregnant with twins. My ob said the "standard" was to go out 2 months prior to your due date--he wouldn't "write me out" before then unless I had a health issue...I ended up going out at 28 weeks because I had high blood soon as I was out of work, my bp normalized...Part of my issue is that it was summer where I lived (central california) and the temps were in the 100's...My biggest complaint was the pressure/pain I felt in my pelvic area...the bp shocked me, but I was SO stinking happy to not have to sit down anymore....

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