reply to post by mblahnikluver
When I was in my early twenties I was a groomer and I can relate to every single thing you just said!! I went through my first pregnancy while I was
grooming. Wait until you come back afterwards and they expect you to be 100% right off the bat. It took me months to recover after my first baby.
Not to mention taking breaks to pump milk - I got lots of eye rolling on that one, too.
I know you are upset about having to train another bather, but the good thing is, at least your shop believed you when you said you can't lift any
more, and didn't ask you to carry on as usual. At my shop, my friend who taught me how to groom was like an amazon, she was tall and strong, and she
had done everything she normally did while she was pregnant, plus the owner didn't have any children, so she had that attitude like you mentioned,
that it's like having a minor illness, just inconvenient, nothing more. I luckily didn't have any problems with my first pregnancy, but the next is
After I had my first son, I got pregnant again. The way I found out I was pregnant the second time is that I was lifting a large dog into the tub (I
worked for a small shop where the groomers bathed their own dogs) and I started bleeding, and it wasn't my period. The bleeding stopped right away,
I took a pregnancy test and it was positive, so I thought it must have been implantation bleeding. I told myself everything must be ok, since the
bleeding had stopped.
I made an appt to see an Obgyn, but they couldn't get me in for my first visit for a few weeks. Before the date of my appt, I miscarried the baby.
I think now that when I lifted the big dog, it damaged something and that is why I miscarried a few days later.
I would stay away from the flea dip, too. I always thought it was probably terribly unhealthy to breathe that stuff, even when you aren't
I'm sorry to hear how how you are being treated, it seems to be par for the course at some of these places. My friend and I started a grooming
association thinking maybe we could work together with other groomers to try to get better treatment from shops, but it didn't go anywhere. I
eventually went back to school and got out of grooming.
Take good care of yourself!