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When Do You Disclose a Pregnancy?

I was 5 weeks pregnant and working in the spine room. Just as I finished my intubation and secured the airway, I turned to set the ventilator and administer some important medications. The surgery fellow started to position the fluoroscope near the patient's cervical spine, about a foot away from where I was working. "Please don't use the Xray right now; I need to put on a lead shield first," I said. "Yeah, ok... whatever..." he said, as he continued to fine-tune its position. Thirty seconds later he sighed, then started pushing some buttons and eyeing the screen. I looked at him sternly and said, "I'm serious. Don't do it. I'm pregnant."

Yes, this awkward moment happened during my first pregnancy last year. A very similar situation happened again at work during this pregnancy, but I was a bit farther along. Many people wait until they are out of their first trimester to disclose a pregnancy, mainly because there is an unfortunate  cloud of shame in our culture that surrounds miscarriage. But in certain situations, depending on your occupation, I would argue that it is important to tell coworkers earlier.

In my new post for Mothers in Medicine, I explain why. You can find the entire post here. Let me know what you think!

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  1. Pregnancy is definitely big for any family especially for a woman. She prepares herself for every possible thing both physically and mentally; but the fear is still there in their mind. In most of the occasion they need a safe pregnancy and therefore they used to take several kinds of precautions for a safe pregnancy.
    pregnancy care

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