I am really struggling with morning sickness and am finding it a challenge to cope with at work. I work full-time, am the only woman in my group, and am not planning to tell my boss that I'm pregnant until I'm at least 12 weeks.
Does anyone have any tips on how to cope at work?
Here is what I'm finding difficult:
I'm dreading work tomorrow! I feel so sick and have so much work to get through this week and just don't know how I'm going to do it.
- Performing well - I have a fairly high-pressure corporate job. I have ms and am exhausted, so I'm finding it hard enough to drag myself in to the office and physically get through the day, let alone concentrate and work hard. How did you focus and keep working hard?
- Feeling nauseous and vomiting - I am going to the bathroom at least once an hour to pee and usually to hang around the toilet in case I vomit. The resource director sits right next to the door and he sees me go in and out all the time and it makes me feel very self-conscious that he knows how often I keep going to the ladies.
- I want to leave at 5pm every day as I'm just soo tired. But because my boss doesn't know I'm pregnant, I don't have this 'excuse' yet so I can't leave early.
- Meetings - I now dread going to meetings and having to give presentations as I'm afraid that I'll faint or need to rush out to vomit. What do you do when you feel very sick in meetings/presentations?
The pregnancy books says 'lighten your schedule' and 'take rest breaks during the day' but what if you have a job where that is not possible? Once I tell my boss I think he will go easy on me but the problem is that when you feel worst it is the first trimester and you can't tell your boss.
What do you ladies do to get through the work day?