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Abnormal Behavior for a pregnant woman?

Old 03-12-08, 05:02 PM
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Abnormal Behavior for a pregnant woman?

So I just found out a woman I work with is pregnant. I congradulated her and asked how far long she is. She told me she just started her second trimester. It took me a few minutes to realize something. Shes the technician at the hospital. I've witnessed her lifting heavy dogs and taking X-rays! Now correct me if I'm wrong, but thats not a good thing to do when you're pregnant. Someone told her she shouldn't be taking X-rays and she jokingly said "Yeah my baby is gonna have five arms."

She has yet to tell the doctors about her pregnancy. She's fearing being fired from her job but I think they can get there asses sued for doing that. I dont think they'll be happy when they find out shes three months and doing all that harmful stuff.

Is this abnormal for an expecting mother?
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Old 03-12-08, 05:04 PM
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Abnormal? No.

Safe? Smart? Probably not.
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Old 03-12-08, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by mhg83
she jokingly said "Yeah my baby is gonna have five arms."
Maybe she X-Rayed herself and isn't joking.
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Old 03-12-08, 06:21 PM
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Unless she has complications with her pregnancy I don't think the heavy lifting is an issue if she had been doing it before.

I think the xrays they use on the animals is pretty directional. People should not, in general, be exposed to x-rays so they take certain precautions anyway. She was likely only exposed to a very low level of radiation that will probably not cause any problems.

Not the smartest thing in the world to do though.
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I think abnormal behavior and pregnant women go hand in hand.
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Old 03-12-08, 06:27 PM
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I think abnormal behavior and women go hand in hand.
agreed, redundant..
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Old 03-12-08, 06:49 PM
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Preggo? Pics?

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Old 03-12-08, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by CKMorpheus
I think abnormal behavior and pregnant women go hand in hand.
Abnormal behavior and non pregnant woman also go hand in hand.
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Old 03-15-08, 12:32 AM
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As a radiation worker, she has the option of "declaring" her pregnancy or not. If she does, her employer must take steps to limit her radiation exposure to 500 mrem over the course of the pregnancy. That could mean a desk job and, in some cases, loss of pay premium or choice work hours. Because of that, some pregnant workers choose to not declare. I've also seen co-workers get pissed off because a pregnant declared worker cannot do certain radiation related tasks so they have to do them instead. X-ray techs should know to wear lead aprons and limit their exposure while doing their job and are usually wear radiation badges to measure the radiation they receive. So, unless they are not very bright (abnormal), the potential exposure to the fetus should be minimal - probably less dangerous than walking around breathing smog and other crap in the air.
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Old 03-15-08, 09:03 AM
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Good for her! I've worked with pregnant women who act like lifting a pencil is too strenuous, and they should just be paid for sitting on their duffs.
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Old 03-15-08, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Sean O'Hara
I've worked with pregnant women who act like lifting a pencil is too strenuous, and they should just be paid for sitting on their duffs.
No doubt. Those are the ones who need to be reassigned and sent down to the breeding pens where they belong.

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