working after delivering baby

Teresa - posted on 03/17/2015 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I'm 18 and currently 6 months pregnant. I've been working since I found out I was expecting and my plan is to work until April. My boyfriend and his family want me to work right after having my baby girl and letting his little sister take care of her, but I don't feel comfortable with that. His sister is going to be 15 and I don't feel right leaving my newborn with her, but he says we don't have a choice and I have to work. I've tried talking to him and telling him I don't want to start working that soon after having her but he doesn't listen to me. Any suggestions on what to do?

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Teresa - posted on 03/17/2015

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Alright thanks because they were saying they wanted me to start working DAYS after and I said I couldn't and they all said they'd done it and so could I

Sarah - posted on 03/17/2015

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I would agree with Sarah E. Most doctors are going to say no working for the first 6 weeks. No matter the type of birth you have you will have a lifting restriction for the first 6 weeks of lifting nothing heavier than baby, which is usually around 7 to 8 pounds because your uterus needs to heal.

Teresa - posted on 03/17/2015

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I work at a hotel and they close in April and then open in May. The other reason I'm only working until April is because they need strong people to be able to flip mattresses and I can't do that so most likely they'll let me go. If they do then I'll look for another job but I'm not sure if people will hire me because I'm 6 months along.

Sarah - posted on 03/17/2015

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I would agree with you about not working right after the birth. You will need time to heal and if you have a csection you will not be able to work until 6 weeks after the birth. What you could do is while you are off work after baby is born is teach the 15 yr old how to do things. There are some 15 year olds that I would trust over a 20 or 25 year old and then there are some I would trust less. It depends on their experience with babies and kids, how responsible they are, etc.

Is there a reason why you are working only until April? If you are having a normal pregnancy there is no reason why you can't work up until delivery day. I would suggest doing that and then saving your time off for those 6 weeks after birth.

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