Hi ladies, I'm six weeks & four days pregnant with my first baby after IVF. I was just wondering if anyone knows whether stress can have a negative impact on my pregnancy, such as causing a miscarriage?
I'm under a lot of stress at work. Anyone who knows anything about the changes to the TAFE system in Queensland should know that it is not a fun place to work right now. We are not being told anything, people are being fired all over the place, institutes are not communicating with each other, everyone is stressed & frustrated & taking it out on their colleagues, the students have been told basically nothing so they are taking their frustration out on staff such as myself. On top of this I have the world's worst manager who basically doesn't even care about my team. Sometimes I think she forgets we even exist cause she is based at another campus & we literally never see her. We have no support from her & no communication unless it's demanding that we do something.
I'm on a temp contract but really don't want to have to find another job, go through the stress of learning it & being trained, & then have to leave to have the baby. Although I'm temp I've been there for two years so I'm entitled to some paid maternity leave. Plus, given how many people have been fired, jobs in my profession are pretty hard to come by right now (I've been looking).
Therefore I'm really not sure if there is anything I can do about the extreme levels of stress I'm under, but I'm really really scared that it's going to cause me to have a miscarriage.
My manager is totally not approachable about this. We just got a new supervisor & I have never even met her (she is also based at another campus). She has seemed nice from the few email conversations I've had with her but that is the only contact I've had thus far. Therefore I have no idea how she would react if I approached her about this.
What should I do? I'm almost at breaking point as far as the stress & I'm starting to take it out on colleagues at work & my family. I've spoken with the employee assist people but all they could really suggest was that I take regular breaks & try to stay calm.