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#1 of 6 Old 10-09-2008, 07:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I mentioned in another thread that I work at a library. Specifically, I'm a shelver, and as my job entails a lot of bending down, crouching down, getting up and doing it all over again dozens of times a day in rather quick succession, how long do you think I'll be able to work? At what point in pregnancy is it difficult to bend down and get back up?

I know that it'll vary by person, but I'm looking mostly for a ballpark. I doubt I'll work up till my due date, but is 34 weeks too much to hope for?

If it helps, I'm short and pudgy, so I'm betting I'll stick out a bunch.

The other thing is, because it's a happy thing, DH and I have been discussing names. We both like the name Alexander (Alex) but have a really good friend who's daughter is Alexandria (Ali). What do you think about naming your kid something very similar to a kid they'll no doubt be close to (family, close friend, next door neighbors)?

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I mentioned in another thread that I work at a library. Specifically, I'm a shelver, and as my job entails a lot of bending down, crouching down, getting up and doing it all over again dozens of times a day in rather quick succession, how long do you think I'll be able to work? At what point in pregnancy is it difficult to bend down and get back up?

I know that it'll vary by person, but I'm looking mostly for a ballpark. I doubt I'll work up till my due date, but is 34 weeks too much to hope for?

If it helps, I'm short and pudgy, so I'm betting I'll stick out a bunch.

The other thing is, because it's a happy thing, DH and I have been discussing names. We both like the name Alexander (Alex) but have a really good friend who's daughter is Alexandria (Ali). What do you think about naming your kid something very similar to a kid they'll no doubt be close to (family, close friend, next door neighbors)?
You should be able to do your job up until the end. I was moving, remodeling, and unpacking (much like putting books in the stacks ) up until the night before ds was born. You might move slower, but unless there is a problem you should be fine.

I think that since your kids will go by different nicknames then it would probably not be confusing at all. I try not to name a child a name that someone we know already has, but I have not liked a name someone else has. The only name I sort of liked was dh's best man's name, and I would not want anyone to think that we named a child after him. The more I think about it the more I think you should name your baby whatever you want...do not worry about anyone else. Kids would probably think it was cute to have similar names.
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i worked as a veterinary nurse until 36 weeks. i wrestled dogs to the ground and lifted them up, carried them to recovery, and did so much bending and folding over and walking. towards the end, like maybe the last 5 weeks or so, it got harder. a lot harder. i needed help up off the floor everytime i was down there. thank goodness the ladies i worked with were nice enough to help me up. i did use a maternity support belt too, and it helped ease the strain on my belly and make it so it didn't feel so "heavy" at the end of the day.
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I think since your body is used to doing it, it will probably be fine for quite a while. Now if you suddenly got this job at 8 months pregnant having never bent over like that in your life, you might have problems.

And the names sound different enough that you should be fine, even if they spend a lot of time together.

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If your job becomes difficult for you later on, is there any way the library could move you to desk work for the end of your pregnancy? I know lots of women have no problems at all with moving/lifting/bending/etc, but I'm not sure I would count on it for sure.

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You may not want to take off before your dd simply because then you will be left at home, waiting around, quite likely feeling miserable, and driving yourself crazy (this is what I did with #3).
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