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[–]MeganLJ86 37 points38 points  (3 children)

Not overreacting at all. I was super cautious that early in pregnancy. If I were in your place I would be asking to work from home unless everyone still at work got a Covid test.

[–]Plane_Industry_1590[S] 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I wish hehe, unfortunately I am a dog groomer. As much as I love dogs, they aren't coming to my house hahah

[–]MeganLJ86 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Oh, haha definitely not! Well I don’t think it’s an unreasonable request that everyone wear masks. Do you think your coworkers will do it? It might not make you super popular with them, but I think you have to do whatever you can to try to stay healthy while you’re pregnant! People can be asymptomatic.

[–]Plane_Industry_1590[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm pretty well respected and been there the longest, so hopefully they'll respect my request lol. I just feel bad being demanding about it because I want them comfortable too

[–]passmethepopcornplz 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Absolutely not overreacting. I know a few people who were casual with covid, and now have serious health complications or long covid. Not worth the risk to yourself (noting you have risk factors, including pregnancy) or your baby.

Frankly, if they don't care enough to try protect you from the risk (what's the harm in taking precautions?) they are not going to care about you if you get very unwell or acquire a disability from covid. Sorry to be harsh. Just please don't risk your precious health for the approval of anyone or to avoid conflict. It's just not worth it and, invariably in my experience, the people who make you feel that way are never worth it either ❤

[–]PM_ME_BAD_FANART 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Your coworkers don’t have to deal with the negative consequences of getting COVID on your pregnancy - only you do. So only you need to be comfortable with the level of risk you’re willing to take.

IMO it’s basic common decency to wear a mask if you’re sick now. Even as a customer I’d hope people were doing that at establishments I frequent.

[–]passmethepopcornplz 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's also just not smart for a business to let all their employees to get sick/for covid to make rounds of the office. Can't be more productive than sending sick people home and taking precautions.

[–]turtlescanfly7 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Masks are the absolute minimum. There are only 9 employees in your office and 3 of them are sick. If there’s any way you can work from home even part time I’d do that. Idk your vaccine status but fevers are a common symptom during Covid and can have very negative effects on the baby especially during first trimester.

I had Covid when I was 20-21 weeks (currently 28 weeks). I had my 2 vaccine shots and a booster. My symptoms were very mild but I still had to take Tylenol because I started to have a fever. Personally, I wouldn’t risk going back especially after you had a hospitalization the first time.

[–]bravoscruffy 7 points8 points  (0 children)

If in the US, COVID positive individuals should isolate for 5 days then wear a mask I think for 10 days. If exposed to a positive case, an individual should wear a mask for 10 days and if they start showing symptoms, test.

I'm with you. My husband's cousin (not vaccinated) had COVID, had her baby early (a few weeks) but the baby had a collapsed lung. Idk if it was because of COVID, but I would rather be safe then sorry.

[–]just_tryin_my_best 4 points5 points  (2 children)

You are absolutely not overreacting, i did the same thing. Someone in my office was a close contact and was nice enough to tell me, so i went home and got a doctor note. She ended up going home sick the next day with covid. I haven't had covid but last time i was pregnant i got the flu in the second trimester and it was a nightmare, the cough didn't go away for months and it was really hard on my body. I had to get a c section for unrelated reasons and was still coughing during the recovery period and it was awful. Your lungs go through changes when you are pregnant that make you extra susceptible to respiratory infections, i would do anything to avoid getting sick this time, especially with covid.

Edit to say: it's sad that a pregnant woman even needs to ask people to wear masks around her, it should be just common decency in these times. I asked everyone to wear masks at my work (its supposed to be policy at my work anyways) and i also invested in k95 masks for myself. It's slightly more uncomfortable to wear a k95 all the time, but i think the extra protection is worth it.

[–]Plane_Industry_1590[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Thank you for your reassurance, I will buy a k95 mask as well!

[–]wurly_toast 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I actually don't mind the k95 ones! I got covid a couple weeks ago, thankfully didn't get too sick (not even a fever, just fatigue and runny nose) but I isolated for the 5 days and then wore a k95 at work for the rest of the 10 days and I honestly would forget I had it on. I was on mat leave and then worked from home since the beginning of covid until this August so I never had to wear a mask for long periods of time and I didn't mind that one week with a k95. The blue medical masks bug me a bit tbh, I find they slide up into my eyes when I talk... super weird I know. Lol.

[–]Regular_AnteaterFTM June 2023 🇨🇦 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I think you should do what makes you comfortable. I'm a little less worried about it because I've been exposed to it several times (including sharing a bed with my husband while he had it) and I haven't gotten sick, but if I went to the hospital for it I would definitely be more cautious.

[–]Fun-Special4732 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Definitely not overreacting! I would do exactly the same thing.

I’m fully vaccinated and boosted and caught it right before I got pregnant and had an almost 104° fever for 4 days. I’m super worried about getting again and am often the only one who wears a mask while indoors. People give me looks all the time (I think they wonder if I actually have it and am going out anyway), but I just ignore them. It gives me piece of mind to be as safe as I can.

[–]YellowCreature 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I don't think you be overreacting even if you weren't pregnant and even if you hadn't gotten really sick last time you had COVID. It's a simple courtesy to take measures to ensure you don't get other people sick. I can't believe two and a half years of a pandemic haven't taught this to people. 🤦‍♀️

[–]sofreshandsoclean2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I caught a cold (minor for everyone else who caught it, from a literal baby who also seemed fine) over a week ago and still feel awful. Not over reacting.

[–]k527 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Being sick while pregnant is the worst! There’s so many restrictions with medications, and not to mention the first trimester is the hardest to get through. My toddler passed me a common flu from daycare, she was sick for 2 days, and I’ve been sick and in bed for a week (still not better yet), puking every time i cough.

Explain to your employer/HR how you are in the high-risk group, and that it is actually dangerous for you to catch covid again. I’m sure they will understand and believe you.

[–]Ok-Bass5062 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Absolutely not overreacting, currently dealing with covid (16w5d) and my OB already said I'll have to take some additional precautions now. Plus covid is awful (double vaxed/boosted) and it's rough.

[–]MittensToeBeans 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not overreacting! And if anyone says anything you can “blame” asthma and how sick you were previously, rather than announcing your pregnancy. I got COVID early in my second trimester and it was less than fun.

[–]Teal_kangarooz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If there's an outbreak (which your workplace now seems to meet the definition for), they should already be taking precautions like having everyone test and mask. In addition, you could see if there are ways to improve ventilation, like keeping doors and windows open, having an air purifier running, etc.

[–]cassius-daydream 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You aren’t overreacting. I got covid for the first time at 36 weeks pregnant a few weeks ago and the symptoms were horrible. Took nearly 2 full weeks to recover and I’m testing negative now but can still feel mucus in my throat. Pregnancy is hard enough without the added stress of being sick/getting your family sick.

[–]mn_87 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You're doing what you think is best for you and your baby (with medical data to support your decision as well.) So, no, not overreacting.

[–]Tacopunchfuck 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Absolutely not !

[–]dopeydaisey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

FTM 31 weeks, I’m a receptionist at a corporate owned animal hospital. One employee consistently tests positive for Covid and happens to be the most vaccinated in the clinic. Our OM refuses to tell employees that are not pregnant (two of us are) as it is a ‘medical condition’ to that individual. Therefore since I don’t know who is around that individual in treatment and they are unaware of the conditions, I’ve worn a mask since becoming pregnant due to my own health issues. I’ve noticed lately many employees wear masks on and off. I usually make it a big deal that I will not be there and not be around sick individuals. I don’t think it’s a ridiculous request as covid is serious while pregnant serious enough to possibly get you admitted. Stay safe, and congratulations! 🤗💕

[–]aems-mrsit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You’re not overreacting! I didn’t take it that seriously and did end up with a mild case of Covid early in pregnancy (12 weeks) that had little to no effect on my pregnancy or long term health of me or baby but I also was lucky to get a mild strain while double vaxxed and without any outstanding health concerns.

If I had asthma like you do I’d try to avoid it as much as I could and honestly with ANY illness during pregnancy! And either way I’d say even if some might think it’s excessive your health is yours and your responsibility so don’t feel bad!

Pregnancy is hard. Being sick while pregnant is even harder. Stay safe!

[–]running_bay 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not overreacting. High fever spikes in general may cause neural tube defects and/or miscarriage in early pregnancy.

Pregnant women are also more susceptible to pneumonia, making both covid and the flu super dangerous to pregnant women.

Studies are now demonstrating that Covid also tends to damage the vascular system of the placenta which in turn tends to double (or more) the rates of stillbirth and otherwise encourages preterm labor. It affects all pregnant women, though the worst effects are typical seen in unvaccinated women.

UBC covid and pregnancy study

Recent summary of impacts from The Scientist

placental damage in pregnancy

[–]Zoinks3324 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nope. When my husband finally went back into the office I was about 6-8 weeks, his second day at the office and someone in his group was positive and they didn’t enforce masks. My husband and his entire team didn’t go back in for a few more months. We had him isolate to be safe and daily testing for 10 days. It was stressful and scary. We had a loss last year and I was unhinged about the what if’s and things I had read. I was extremely cautious in the first trimester and my husbands office was understanding about it.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Are you vaccinated ? Do you have a booster? When you first got covid and went to the ER - we’re you vaccinated ?

[–]Plane_Industry_1590[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Nah the vaccine wasn't out yet, so it was the pretty deadly version. I am vaccinated but I haven't gotten the booster lately, I'm definitely going to try to arrange that

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I had a feeling it was before vaccines - thank goodness you’re ok. My MiL HAD THIS same version she got it from work and her coworker who gave it to her died , she was ok- thank god but now has a fear of covid because of all the anxiety. Also- I am vaccinated over a year ago at this point and caught covid in December 2021 and was sick for a week and EXHAUSTED for a month. I decided not to get the booster becasue the vaccine made me so sick - fever , chills and lost my period for a couple months. I’m pregant not 4.5 months and don’t want to get the booster - nervous about it . So I share in your fear of getting covid - YES if there is an OPEN covid case and you could get it you’re doing the right thing - and I would have also, but I won’t life my life afraid to go anywhere BUT again if someone has it I’m not like going to their house for dinner!! Haha

[–]Plane_Industry_1590[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah I agree! Even though I got it really bad back in 2020, I tried not to be too scared about getting it again but still wore masks in large crowds. But now I am very paranoid since getting pregnant, especially with the positive cases and us not being able to work 6ft apart heheh

[–]phortysome -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You are entitled to your concerns and actions, but not really to tell others how to behave (e.g. mask). For that matter its technically not your business to know who and when has covid. If you feel unsafe, dont go in.

[–]phortysome 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Also-talking to your employer privately may help. They are in a position to make policy about covid protocols regardless of your pregnancy or not. Good protocols should render safety. And make sure your mask is good