I am thrilled to start work again tomorrow. I really like my job and have quite a few exciting tasks to accomplish within the next month.
I am, however, worried about one thing: how will I handle my pregnancy-induced sickness while at work?
(I do not like the term morning sickness. It does not adequately describe my–and many a woman’s–plight during these long months, with illness that lasts from sun-up until sun-up, 7 days a week. Thus, I use the term pregnancy-induced sickness, a better description in my opinion.)
I worked/went to school when pregnant with both Andrew and Emily; I am not unaware of the difficulties. However, going to school is significantly different from working a traditional 40 hr/week job. At least in between (and during) classes I could run to the bathroom for my puke-fest. And with my many visits to the ER, I could realistically sleep a bit the next day before resuming homework. With my job, however, I am in an office/classroom and have little flexibility with my hours.
At the same time, I really REALLY like my job. I wouldn’t be working there if I didn’t. I am passionate about Head Start and its initiative. I have seen the good it does in our community, and many other communities, and find my personal and career goals intersecting with my compassionate nature to produce a positive work experience.
Yet my trepidation is valid. What if my dizziness turns into fainting spells? What if I must start IV therapy? Naturally, the only way to know is by trying and I have no desire to quit. I figure I can push through this just like I did with my schooling. What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger, right? And, besides, there are families and children that need my skills and empathy. So, hyperemesis gravidarum be damned, I will continue working.
Now would it be unprofessional to bring my puke bowl? We do have only one staff bathroom and one never knows when sickness might hit.
Have any of you mothers worked through pregnancy-induced sickness? If you did, how did you make it work? (Working includes staying home with your kids. As it always should.)