Work is forcing me to travel while pregnant

Dawn - posted on 11/03/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I am currently 16 weeks pregnant and have a 2 year old at home. My job is forcing me to travel for a week. My blood pressure has been elevated and I am completely stressed out wheat would you do?

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April - posted on 11/04/2012

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Great idea going to your doctor and having them restrict your travel. Take care of yourself first and foremost! ;)

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Amy - posted on 11/10/2012

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Kate what is the deal with you pushing this book? She's not traveling with kids she is traveling for work.

Kizzy - posted on 11/08/2012

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I have to do a lot of travel for my work. I have learned to ask for help when I need it. I take my sick day when I need a break. I bring things in my car, like thermal pads for my shoulders. When I get home, I have my spouse help out more around the house. At the minimum, I find a minute to mediate, when my mind is racing. Please look for times to treat yourself. It is hard to take time off work and I have chronic HBP, ask for help. We mothers forget to look after ourselves.

Teresa - posted on 11/08/2012

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dawn: they want you to fly in january?! will you be 6 or 7 mos at that point? i had training in Toronto when i was 7 mos along and i told them no. It's unreasonable for them to have you fly when you are uncomfortable and the travel could cause complications. i hope that your job will be more understanding as your pregnancy progresses. It sticks that they are going back on their original agreements and having you work outside of your expectations. fly safely home and relax this weekend.

Trisha - posted on 11/07/2012

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I have to say, I love my career! I get to work with like minded friends that enjoy making their own hours and helping people...not to mention, be available for their children for the important moments and events! No more commuting, no more 9-5, and no more 3% raises....financial upside is huge and I have no overhead! We are all about helping in a broken economy and educating others. We are always looking for our next leader...someone that can be a good mentor to others and enjoys leading a team! All I can say is that I did the six figure big corporation gig and I did it for a long time....it just did not provide me the flexibility to raise my kids and also make great money.....



I am sorry you are going through this and I just wish I could educate mothers out there before they deal with what you and I have had to go through...it's a nightmare.



Hang in there!!!!

Dawn - posted on 11/07/2012

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Thank you for your supportive words ladies!



Teresa: I am surviving the week. All the sitting has been difficult and I too am having some swelling as a result. Thankfully I am headed home tomorrow night!



Trisha: I actually changed to this job after my daughter was born because like you I did not want to travel and wanted a job that allowed me to be a mother. I was very upfront with them when I accepted this position that travel was not something I wanted and I was making this change because I wanted a more "family friendly" position. Slowly the family friendly has faded with increased weekend and evening expectations and now this travel. My boss told me this was a one time thing, but I was just told I would be coming back in January. I think I would feel differently about this travel if it was a "normal" expectation of my position. I am realizing that this job will not work for me long-term, but am trying to stick it out until after I have the baby. Though I was reluctant to push my physician to give me travel restrictions for this trip I will likely go in that direction if the January travel becomes necessary. The discomfort I have now will only be amplified 3 months from now.

Trisha - posted on 11/07/2012

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Hey Dawn,



I had a similar situation when I was pregnant with my second son, and had a 18mo old at home....I really did not have a choice and had to travel...very very hard on me. If you don't mind me asking, what do you do that you have to travel? Is it just a one time deal,or will you have to do lots of travel? That would make a difference to me!



I hope it works out for you...so hard....I can't imagine....one of the main reasons I got out of the corporate world...too much pressure when you are also trying to be be a mother.....my kids are now 3 and 5 and I have the total flexibility to be with them when it counts and raise them! It's so hard when you have no choice and need to work for the money....I get it!!!



I hope it all works out!

Trisha :-)

Teresa - posted on 11/06/2012

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i would talk to your doctor. work can't force you to travel if your doctor advises against it. i travelled when i was 18wks pregnant without any complications. but it was terrible. my legs swelled up painfully and i had a migraine the whole time.



i hope you do ok this week.

Dawn - posted on 11/05/2012

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Well i went ahead and went and am already regretting it...I have a splitting headache and bp has creeped up a bit more. Should be a fun week of meetings. Gonna try to think happy thoughts and look at the bright side I will be home in 4 days!

Amy - posted on 11/03/2012

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I had to travel for work while I was pregnant but I wasn't having any complications. If you are concerned discuss it with your doctor to see if she'll put you on a travel restriction.

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