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Waitressing momma's &maternity leave malibu. 2 kids; Grand Rapids, Michigan 6311 posts
21st Dec '08

I've been waitressing all thoughout my pregnancy... and it's getting to the point where after about 2-3 hours my back and stomache is in SO much pain, but I've been putting up with it, cause I only work 3 days a week. I was wondering... any other mothers waitress while they were pregnant? &if so.. how far along were you when you went on maternity leave? I'm not happy that I'm complaining about this at 27.5 weeks, but I really don't want straining myself to the point where it's affecting my little girl.

✂ Calabaza✂ 18 kids; Arizona 18142 posts
21st Dec '08

Well, I worked in retail while pregnant and spent all my time running around, bending over, standing, etc... (I worked as a waitress previously and I think I was running almost an equal amount.) And at 26 weeks I was getting very uncomfortable at work. Back pain and stomach pain, etc...) Unfortunately I delivered that week, so I don't know how bad it would have gotten if I had continued working.

Mrs. D 1 child; Alabama 10261 posts
21st Dec '08

I'm due January 16th and I stopped working on November 22nd.

~Baby Dono Mommy~ 1 child; Missouri 3566 posts
21st Dec '08

I don't waitress, but I work in retail as a Store Manager. So this whole pregnancy I've been on my feet 6-8 hours a day 5 days a week. I have a tendency to push myself realllllly hard, and it wasn't until this last week that I started taking advantage of the option to sit on a stool behind the register and not do very much.

I know you probably don't have that option though, since it's waitressing, so I would say you should probably ask your doctor about it, number 1. Especially if being on your feet so much is causing you to swell (it does for me). Then just go til you can...and since you don't have an option to kind of take it easy at work, it may be sooner rather than later. If I didn't have to option to sit on my butt now, lol, I would have started my leave...there's no way I would be able to do it!

Mrs. Buratti 2 kids; Florida 1096 posts
21st Dec '08
Quoting Claeys-Sanchez:
GrumpyMa Beverly Hills, California 11690 posts
21st Dec '08

With #1 I worked right up until i went into labor. I had early contractions and had to have them stopped but was never put on bedrest. I know its tough. Sit any chance you get. Maybe you could grab one of the girls at a free moment and ask her to put some pressure on your lower back while you stand. That always helped me. With #2 I was a stylist and had to have my contractions stopped twice...I finally said enough is enough and took the last month off. Do what you can, you'd be surprised what your body can handle, but always remember, you know you best.

malibu. 2 kids; Grand Rapids, Michigan 6311 posts
21st Dec '08
Quoting Mommy*n*DJ:
GrumpyMa Beverly Hills, California 11690 posts
21st Dec '08

tell them to kiss your ass! Im a stylist and during your first trimester they dont recommend coloring your hair. (foils should be ok because its not on your scalp) after that, you can color it just like normal. I did all through my second pregnancy and had no problems. Good luck.
Ash*

malibu. 2 kids; Grand Rapids, Michigan 6311 posts
21st Dec '08
Quoting jacknjoshysmomma:
Officially mama of 3 3 kids; Santa Rosa, California 402 posts
21st Dec '08

not a waitress but Im a nurse assistant. I took care disabled adults. Lifting then in and out bed and wheel chairs. Some had behaviors, kick and scream push me around. I did it with both pregnancies and had to leave early. My first I sayed until I was 32 weeks. This pregnancy I stayed until I was about 23 weeks. Dr said my job is too risky for me and baby. I understand how you are feeling. I wanted to stay at work as long as I could. I hated being uncomfortable because I knew it meant I wouldn't be able to work much longer.
Good Luck.

Beth&Brooklyn 1 child; Ohio 4417 posts
26th Dec '08

I didnt waitress but i worned at a Stna so i knwo the being on your feet thing I am due Feb 28th i stoped working the begginign of this month. Partly doctors orders but also b/c of the amount of pain i was in.

Kaydensmom101 Due October 10 (girl); Oklahoma 1 posts
2nd Jul '09
Quoting Mallory ♥ Vaida:
napua_gotta_pua Due January 20 (girl); Hawaii 1 posts
12th Nov '11

Hello! Iʻm not sure how helpful my reply will be but I am currently 30 weeks pregnant and still am waitressing. My bosses unfortunately donʻt really allow us to sit during work... but I usually can make it comfortably through my 4 hour shift, 5 hours or more really puts a strain on my back and feet. But I'm going to try and work as long as possible. It all depends on each individual person though. I say go on your maternity leave already, your well being and the health of your baby is far more important. GOOD LUCK!! i hope you have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

I Stab People 3 kids; Zambia 6604 posts
12th Nov '11

im a nurse and work 10-12 hour days on my feet constantly, and am due nov 22nd. im still here, will probably be done monday tho.

ive had to go to the hospital twice for contractions, but he is still in there so everything is fine

id talk it over with your doctor and see what they say, i didnt want to go on leave early unless necessary because i only get 12 weeks maternity leave.

Amber Panda Due July 21 (girl); Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1 posts
16th Apr '13

I am 26 weeks today and I was waitressing up until this week and I begged them to give me a host position, but they ended up making me a to-go specialist instead which is twice the work and way more stress. Its 8 hours or more a day depending on how late I have to stay to clean up after the servers. When I get home, I crash from pain and fatigue. I dont think I could handle working two days in a row because my feet and back end up killing me, and sometimes my stomach hurts so bad I want to cry, but Im really sick of complaining to my managers who dont seem to care all that much. I've been thinking about leaving early as well. I'm just stressing myself out too much, and I don't want to have my daughter early. Baby does come first. Thinking about giving my two weeks tomorrow after I talk to DH about it.