Yesterday after work I went and had a chat with my boss. I asked her, “How long should I work?” She said that she didn’t know and that it would depend on how I felt. I told her I felt great but since this was my first pregnancy I didn’t know the protocol with when to stop working. I know some people who work until the day they deliver while others take off a few weeks before they are due so that they can get ready and catch up on rest.
It also depends on what your job is. If you have a job that allows you to sit most of the day, you may be able to work longer than someone who has a very physical job.
If I worked as a horse vet (my previous occupation in California) I think that I’d have to stop working around now since I’m finding it hard to bend over and wouldn’t feel safe working around scared or injured horses. However, now I’m working at a preschool which has its own but different challenges. The main difficulty I’m having is all the getting up and down off the floor that I have to do.
I want to interact with the children and that means sitting on the floor with them. But inevitably once I sit down, I need to get something from the counter. It helps that I work with my friend and she is able to grab things for me so I don’t have get up and down as much but I don’t want it to become a burden on her. I’m supposed to be helping.
We decided that I’d work through spring break and then be on call after that point. The main reason I wanted to talk with her about this early is so that they can find a replacement for me so I don’t leave them high and dry at the last minute. The important thing is to communicate with your boss about how you are feeling and being honest. For now I’m feeling good and think I should keep working, if that changes then we will have another conversation at that time.
When did you quit working?