+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    12
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0
    Reviews
    0

    Default Feeling awkward at work due to pregancy

    I am 20 weeks pregnant working as a massage therapist. My belly is noticable now but I am finding it awkward to tell my clients I am expecting. Do I just blurt out 'I'm Pregnant' even if I don't know them well or am meeting them for the first time. It feels so unprofessional.

    At the moment I have just been telling my regular clients when the conversation makes it relevant. I have yet to have a client ask straight out if I am preganant. If I don't menion anything I feel like it is a bit of a white elephant in the room and this is only going to get worse as a get bigger. I don't want my clients to feel uncomfortable about a preganant women doing there massage.

    Any advise or women in similar situations?

  2. #2
    SpecialPatrolGroup's Avatar
    SpecialPatrolGroup is offline T-rex is cranky until she gets her coffee.
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    In the messy house, Brisbane
    Posts
    9,481
    Thanks
    2,180
    Thanked
    5,405
    Reviews
    1
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    I don't see that you need to tell people, and I personally can't imagine feeling awkward about a massage from a pregnant woman.

    Sent from my GT-I9100 using BubHub

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    4,765
    Thanks
    1,903
    Thanked
    2,790
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Why would a client mind a massage from someone pregnant? Is it because your belly might get in the way or touch them when it otherwise wouldn't? If it did I think a lighthearted "oops, sorry, pregnant belly in the way!" would be fine. I don't think there's any need to mention it otherwise, unless it comes up in conversation (you'll probably get offered lots of unwanted advice, lol).

  4. #4
    Allymumtobe's Avatar
    Allymumtobe is offline Winner 2012 - Most Optimistic Poster
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Doreen, melbourne
    Posts
    3,034
    Thanks
    2,149
    Thanked
    1,198
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    I agree with everyone else you don't have to tell them if you don't want to.

    I feel myself telling people because I feel like if they don't say something they must think I always have a huge tummy (I'm 27 weeks) I am not a small girl but c'mon how fast do they think a person can put on weight in just the tummy region!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    springbrook@goldcoast.qld.au
    Posts
    965
    Thanks
    6
    Thanked
    5
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Ditto to the previous posters. I doubt very much it will bother your clients at all unless it affected how you worked (I can't imagine how or why I would worry if my massage therapist were pg). Is there a workplace health and safety issue (I can't think of one, but I don't know your industry requirements at all). I don't tell my clients anything at work. It's none of their concern, and it really doesn't bother me if they think I'm fat rather than pg lol. My colleagues are starting to figure it out (I'm 18w), but I work with my husband, and we may have let slip accidentally as well..

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Waterloo
    Posts
    260
    Thanks
    71
    Thanked
    41
    Reviews
    0
    I wouldn't worry at all!
    The only time I've ever been concerned by someone who was pregnant was when I was getting a spray tan and the woman doing it was at least 8 months. I was more concerned for her and the bub inhaling fumes from the spray!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    3,232
    Thanks
    461
    Thanked
    1,153
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    I got a facial a few week back and the the therapist was 38weeks pregnant. I actually said as we walked in- wow what a gorgeous bump you are sporting.
    Conversation went around her and bubs and her enjoying work etc from then on. I did feel a bit guilty being pampered while she worked but she assured me she loves her job and doesn't want to be at home just waiting for it to happen. She was lovely and I didn't even mind when her preggy belly bumped my arm etc. I have had plenty of non pregnant woman and men who do massage inevitably brush past your arm etc when doing massage or facials, the close proximity makes it almost impossible not to - pregnant or not.

    I don't think you need to tell them. Just go about your job, if they ask- well then you can chat etc. it doesn't make any difference really, if you are happy to be working - go for it.


 

Similar Threads

  1. Returning to work after m/c -awkward
    By mummyRhi in forum Pregnancy Loss Support
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 03-09-2012, 16:20
  2. Going back to work and feeling lost
    By emzluvbub in forum General depression and blues
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 25-06-2012, 09:56
  3. Feeling down at work
    By Me&Smooches in forum General depression and blues
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 20-05-2012, 15:31

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Tambo Teddies
Visit our online store and select your individually handmade natural sheepskin teddy bear. Our soft and loveable bears come in a range of styles and colours. Created in Outback Queensland each bear is unique individual. 100% Australian made!
sales & new stuffsee all
Pea Pods
Buy 2 Award Winning Pea Pods Reusable One Size Nappies for only $38 (in your choice of colours) and receive a FREE roll of Bamboo Liners. Don't miss out, we don't usually have discounts on the nappies, so grab this special offer!
Special Offer! Save $12
featured supporter
The MAMA Centre
Pregnancy, birth & beyond care with your very own midwife. Home & hospital birth support, VBACs, antenatal & postnatal care by medicare eligible midwives & holistic health practitioners. Massage, chiro, naturopathy, yoga, counselling & beauty therapy
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!