If you are pregnant you have a number of rights that are definitely worth checking out. Especially if you have a physically demanding job or have to deal with radiation, irregular services or a lot of stress. Read all about it here work during pregnancy and your rights.
Work during pregnancy
A large part of your pregnancy will still work. You can take your maternity leave 6 to 4 weeks before your due date (if you have to stop earlier due to circumstances). What is especially important when working during pregnancy is that your work does not harm your baby. Working safely is therefore one. Your employer is obliged to make your work situation as safe and optimal as possible. But then your employer must of course know that you are pregnant.
When to say that you are pregnant?
You are required to state that you are pregnant at least 3 weeks before you wish to take maternity leave. So you can keep it for a long time, but most women choose to tell it before. Especially when they do work that is heavy, such as lifting a lot or being exposed to radiation.
In addition, it is of course more fun to share your little happiness on the work floor. Your employer will also appreciate that you share your news with him or her on time, so that preparations can be made. Think of looking for a replacement and making any adjustments for your work. And not unimportant: you can go to the midwife or gynecologist during working hours.
A good time to share the news is for example after your 12 weeks ultrasound. The chance that something goes wrong after this ultrasound is quite small. As soon as your employer is aware of your little miracle, you are entitled to legal protection. Your employer is obliged to offer this to pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Working safely during pregnancy
Your employer is obliged to ensure that you can work as safely as possible so that your baby can not be harmed or endangered. After you have indicated that you are in good expectation, your employer must give you information about possible dangers in the workplace. At the same time, the employer must take measures to protect you during pregnancy and during the period that you are breastfeeding. Everything stands if it is properly recorded in the Risk Inventory & Evaluation. It also indicates which potential risks can affect employees who are pregnant. If there is no RI & E at your work, ask the health and safety service.
If you want to know if you can work safely during your work during pregnancy, check the following points:
Do you have physical heavy work, pay attention with squatting, bending and kneeling. Also check the guidelines for bending and lifting objects during pregnancy.
Many standing work
If you stand a lot during work, see if there are opportunities for you to sit in between. You are entitled to it.
High work pressure
A high workload can bring a lot of stress and stress is not good for your body and therefore not for your baby. So be honest with yourself and see if you indeed experience a lot of stress from your work. If this is the case, discuss with your employer what you could do to reduce the workload.
Working with chemicals during your pregnancy is quite dangerous. Chemicals can potentially cause infertility (so also pay attention if you have a child wish). But also deviations in your baby or miscarriage. If you work with these substances, take a good look at the RI & E and, if necessary, ask the company doctor for advice.
Also radiation is anything but good for your pregnant body and baby. This mainly concerns ionizing radiation (not the radiation of electrical appliances). Ionizing radiation is especially dangerous in the first period of your pregnancy. The radiation occurs in hospitals, nuclear power plants, laboratories but also in airplanes as cosmic radiation.
If you come into contact with cats with your work (the feces of cats can contain toxoplasma parasite, which is dangerous) or if you have a risk of contracting the rubella virus, then you must pay attention. You do not have to carry out work that puts you at risk. Also pay attention when you are dealing with infected patients, germs or when you work in the agricultural sector. Ask your employer or branch organization what the risks are and how you can protect yourself and your child.
Work fewer hours during pregnancy
A pregnancy can ask a lot of your body, so you do not feel completely fit. Maybe you have a lot of pregnancy ailments or extreme fatigue. In short: it may be that working during pregnancy is very heavy for you. Then consult with your employer if there is a possibility for adjusted working hours and rest times.
You are entitled to:
- Regular rest periods and working hours, so no more irregularity services.
- Extra breaks: maximum 1/8 of your working time. If you work 8 hours, you can take 1 hour of extra break.
- Your employer should actually arrange a separate lockable room for you where you can rest.
- You are no longer obliged to work overtime or run night shifts.
- You may undergo a job at the midwife, gynecologist or other pregnancy tests during working hours.
All these points, except the pregnancy tests, remain applicable until 6 months after your birth.
Stop working earlier during pregnancy
If you are forced to stop working earlier during pregnancy, you can check with your employer whether you can take early maternity leave. You will have to prove that it is medically necessary. Your doctor or midwife can help you with this.
Do you want to resign? Note that there is a chance that you will not receive a benefit. You will receive this if you do not resign more than 10 weeks before your due date.