Medical Conditions During Pregnancy

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Katherine posted this 23 April 2019

For those of you with medical conditions along with your pregnancy, does anyone know other than your partner? I've been suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum this time around, and it's been downright horrific. I'm on the fence if I should tell anyone, especially those that I work with. I am uncomfortable having my business out there, but at the same time, I feel like my illness is severe enough that some should know. If I were to tell anyone, it'd be management only. I'm worried about my business being spread, however. My manager isn't the most discrete. Ugh.

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Lily posted this 22 April 2020

ughh I feel you. I am high risk for pre eclampsia and was recently diagnosed with GDM. nobody knows but my husband and my sister who is a nurse so I seek advice from her. I feel like a failure honestly

Jessica posted this 25 February 2020

You could always specifically ask your manager to keep your medical issues to themselves. It's actually illegal for them to talk about that stuff to other people in your workplace if you choose to disclose it to them, so if you find out it's been spread around that is grounds for a lawsuit. 

Noelle posted this 16 October 2019

I've been fortunate enough to have supervisors who I felt comfortable sharing any medical concerns with that came up. I chose to tell them things that could potentially have an impact on my job. That being said, if you don't feel comfortable, I agree with the momma who said to speak with HR, or the other momma who suggested a more general comment that you're dealing with some medical issues. 

Kristin posted this 08 October 2019

I am so sorry you're dealing with HG. I had it too, and it can be a lonely place. I think telling people is the best policy.

Molly posted this 23 September 2019

Personally, I would. I feel like people are more supportive when they understand what you are going through.

Cate posted this 20 July 2019

I am so sorry that you are struggling with HG. I had it during my pregnancy, and it was one of the most challenging times of my life. I too was on the fence about telling others, but I eventually had to tell my coworkers and boss. I limited who I told (and not everyone understood completely), but overall, I got more support during a time I really needed it.

olivia posted this 21 May 2019

I would 100% tell my boss about anything going on, that way they are more understanding

Roberta posted this 07 May 2019

I notified my family and boss. If it could interfere with work your boss should probably be clued in 

Lisa posted this 29 April 2019

Nothing is wrong with saying "I have a medical issue" and leaving it at that. You don't need to go into specifics with her, especially since she has such a hard time keeping things private. 

Renee posted this 29 April 2019

I notified my boss of any serious issues I was dealing with. Other than that, it was private. Only reveal what you're comfortable with them knowing, especially if she's a blabbermouth.

Adelita posted this 25 April 2019

If your boss is that bothersome, I'll tell HR only if you can. I'm in a very small office with no HR unfortunately, but I keep my personal business close. Too many gossip queens in my office!

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Alyssa posted this 25 April 2019

When I was pregnant with my first, quite a few medical issues came up. Some I had to tell my manager about (I was out of the office A LOT) and others I chose to keep to myself. For your manager, I would keep her on an information diet only. Like if she NEEDS to know, tell her. Otherwise nope. 

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Amber posted this 25 April 2019

For HG, it makes sense to tell your manager that you're dealing with extreme morning sickness. I would stick to that with a doctor's note if needed. If she's a chatty Cathy, it's unfortunate, but honestly though around you should be aware so they can be more sensitive to your needs (example: don't eat stinky foods, avoid stinky lotions, etc). 

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