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Pregnancy and dairy farming
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Katie    Posted 09-28-2004 at 06:10:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
HI I found out last saturday that I was pregnant. But my only concern is that I work on a dairy farm. I mainly just do milking (in stalls). Does anyone know how long I can keep working and if I should be? Thanks

MJ in SC    Posted 09-28-2004 at 07:53:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Congrats Katie!

I'm with some of the others. Check with your Dr.The lady that kept us while mom and dad worked milked her holsteins right up to the week she delivered. So I guess it's up to you and your Dr.
Praying for a healthy baby for ya! :0)

Judy in NC    Posted 09-28-2004 at 07:41:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think you're the only one who can safely answer that question. I have always milked right up to the birth of my babies, but I only have one cow to milk, and I know her VERY well. I have always found it healthier to stay just as active as I possibly can when pregnant. I have eleven children now, and have been known to shoe a horse the day before giving birth. That being said, if I were in a commercial environment where I had less control of events, I would feel the need, I think, to take a more cautious position. Of particuluar importance to me would be what chemicals I might have to come in contact with that could in ANY way possibly harm the baby. Obviously, the possibility of physical danger working around large animals would be of prime importance. I don't know about the equipment used in a commmercial dairy, if any of it is considered hazardous, but I can tell you the old jokes about pregnant women being distracted or "scatter-brained" has merit. Your mind WILL be on baby a good deal and perhaps not fully on your employment at times - so be careful.

Hope I've helped in some way. Feel free to email if you desire further discussion.

Judy in NC

deadcarp    Posted 09-28-2004 at 07:15:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
i suppose it's different now, but when i was a kid, mamie johnson was pregnant, and started having contractions while she was helping us saw up firewood so she went in the house 1/2 hour early. she delivered the baby, cleaned him up, fixed us menfolks coffee and came out and pitched blocks the rest of the day. i'd say anything less stressful than that's an improvement. :)

course now those were simpler times. when i felled trees in hot weather, any shirt would rot from the sweat so we usually took our shirts off. once enough pine needles got stuck to your back so the deer flies couldn't bite so much, that was our definition of comfort. :)

sdg    Posted 09-28-2004 at 06:42:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well Congrats on your pregnacy. I'm not sure about milking and stuff but being the mother of two, i worked up until I safely could. Don't know if I would go to long milking, hate to have a heffer knock me over and chance hurting the baby. Just talk to your dr. That's my 2 cents.

Texas    Posted 09-28-2004 at 06:11:59       [Reply]  [No Email]

Ive never been pregnant so Ill leave it up to the ladies to talk about working during that time.

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