The day you completed your CNA training program was one of the best days of your life. Just a few days ago, however, you discovered there could be an even greater joy than finding the career of your dreams- you found out you are pregnant.
You’ve always dreamed of becoming a mother, and you couldn’t be happier. Now that you have had a couple days to just be excited, however, you can’t help but consider how your work will affect your pregnancy and how your pregnancy will affect your work.
Pregnancy After CNA Training
Women are tough and have been working throughout their pregnancies for generations. However, babies aren’t as tough as women are, and after CNA training your job may be greatly affected by the onset of pregnancy. While you will still be able to perform many of the duties you learned in CNA training, you may need additional help and some tasks may be impossible for you to perform at all.
Here are just a few adjustments you may be required to make when you become pregnant after CNA training.
- Shorter Hours- The life of a CNA is a tough one. It involves long hours of standing on your feet, which is not only difficult when you are pregnant, but can be dangerous for you unborn child. Studies have shown that during the last half of a pregnancy, standing for more than four hours at a time can disrupt blood flow and increase the risks of premature birth and high blood pressure. Because of this, your employer may reduce your hours if you become pregnant after CNA training. While a typically shift is between eight to sixteen hours long, you may only be allowed to work four or five hours at a time.
- Adjustments- The typical CNA cares for a variety of patients each and every day. They provide oral care, help patients get dressed, transfer patients, help them eat, and take vital signs. If you become pregnant after CNA training, your supervisor may make a few adjustments to the work you are allowed to perform by changing you to ‘light duty’ or a work reduction. This may mean you spend most of your time passing out ice, taking vital signs, recording patient input and output, recording information in a patient’s chart, and helping your patients eat. Physically strenuous tasks may be eliminated, such lifting patients, transferring them, or pushing wheelchairs. Depending on how far along you are, you may still be allowed to lift patients, but you will need additional help. The patients you are allowed to care will also change. For instance, you will not be allowed to care for patients with certain illnesses, like shingles, as these can harm your baby.
- Chemicals- Nursing homes, hospitals, and other medical facilities all have one thing in common: they are all filled with patients who spread germs and housekeepers who use tough chemicals to combat those germs. When you become pregnant after CNA training, you will have to avoid these chemicals as much as possible to avoid harming your baby. You will need to avoid being in the room where they are sprayed and you will need to wait until the room is aired out before you enter it.
Becoming Pregnant After CNA Training
Becoming pregnant after CNA training doesn’t mean you have to give up your career or find other employment. You can still enjoy the benefits of working as a CNA, you may only need to make a few adjustments to keep your baby safe after CNA training.