Working in a Daycare Center

Cynthia Flynn's picture
Experts: 

I am currently 5 weeks pregnant and work as a lead teacher in a daycare center.

I'm worried about picking up my large 2-3 year olds and also the different diseases that seem to rotate around my center -- chicken pox, fifth disease, pink eye, to name a few. These have all been seen within my center over the last 6 months.

Am I being paraniod, or should I start looking for a new job that is less dangerous for my baby?

ANSWER

My opinion is that the diseases won't hurt your baby EXCEPT for the chicken pox. You should have either had the disease or been vaccinated for chicken pox before you got pregnant, and if you did, then your baby is protected from this disease, also.

Second, I tell all the second-time and higher moms that past 20 weeks, they should not lift their toddlers, and that applies to you also. You should not be lifting anything (animate or inanimate) over 20 pounds while pregnant -- your back just wasn't built for that plus the baby you are carrying.

Your employer is not supposed to discriminate against you because you are pregnant, and should make an effort to give you "light duty" if possible. However, in some smaller settings, that is not really possible, so you may indeed need to seek other employment in that case.

~Cynthia