So I’m just looking for a bit of advice with work. They are basically idiots!
So back in April (when I was very early pregnant and before I had my chemical) I discussed lighter duties with my manager. I work in a care home and although my work is more to do with medication and care plans etc we have so many residents with more complex needs now that we also are involved in personal care tasks. So I basically discussed my concerns with moving and handling like using hoists/standaids as some residents don’t co-operate etc and push their full body weight onto you when trying to put on their sling etc. My manager basically laughed in my face and said she’d never heard the likes of it and has worked with lots of pregnant woman. I then went on to have a chemical pregnancy so that was that.
I’m now pregnant again (15+4). My deputy manager has known from day one and my manager from 7 weeks. A risk assessment was only done a few days ago, it was done by my deputy who did it without me being there? She approached me in a room full of staff to say I’ve done your risk assessment, it’s basically just a tick box with yes/no and I’ve completed in. No mention of any risks or anything like that. So I speak to my colleague and tell her what I was told in April (by manager) light duties isn’t an option, never heard such a thing. She tells me that’s funny because a girl pregnant here (before I stated who has now left) was on light duties while pregnant, not allowed to do x,y and z.
So I call HR and they say that the risk assessment needs to be completed with me present as it’s a risk assessment about me. Although she didn’t say for 100% things I could and couldn’t do in terms of moving and handling she said each pregnancy is different and what might be ok for someone might not be ok for someone else. She said anything I feel I shouldn’t be doing or could be a risk I should discuss with my manager who should then adapt my duties and offer me alternative duties (yet in April she basically laughed at me when suggesting some duties were too much).
So I’m just wondering has anyone done this line of work and how did you get on?
I do feel after 3 losses and 3 rounds of IVF to become pregnant that this should be classed as a high risk pregnancy and I feel disgusted that my management don’t seem too care!
A friend said to me just go off sick if you can’t do the job. That annoyed me. I can do my job, I just don’t feel I should be doing heavy duties which could potentially put me and baby at risk. 😡
Sorry for the rant guys. Xxx