I'm Pregnant And A Newer Driver.

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Patricia R.'s Comment
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I got my cdl at the beginning of the year and have been driving with my company for a little over 5 months. I found out this week that I am pregnant. It was very unexpected news as im not supposed to be able to get pregnant. I'm 35 and single. I can't find any info on my company website about any kind of policies in place for pregnant drivers. I don't want to call and ask anyone because I'm afraid I might be discriminated against at some point. Has anyone on here driven for a company while pregnant? I need some insight as to what I might be looking at dealing with if I decide to have a baby...

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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I don't know where you are with this dilemma, however, I'm sure you know that if you have a baby you will have to come off the road for some time. As a single mom, you will have to sacrifice your life for at least 18 years. I know several women who were single moms, my wife included, who sacrificed for their kids. I know you have worked hard to get where you are. Also, you are starting to have issues with your company. You are at a huge crossroads in your life. Choose wisely. Choose, what's best for you and stick to it. Whichever direction you go you will live with the consequences of that choice. I wish you the best.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Patricia R.'s Comment
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Unfortunately I don't have a choice In this matter now... I had the beginnings of cervical cancer about 7 years ago and had to get pieces of my cervix cut out. I can't carry the baby to term so the doctor said I need to terminate the pregnancy....

Rainy 's Comment
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Wow...I.just saw this. First I'm so sorry for your situation Second, talk to your dispatcher and explain. Its a medical procedure and can't be helped. Women sort of have the upper hand in trucking right now because companies are so afraid of lawsuits and bad press. They do not want the hassle and they certainly don't want to lose a good driver.

I'm at Prime and three weeks into my employment my mom went into the hospital and needed heart surgery. They didn't even ask for documentation just ga e me a "I'm sorry let me know when you are coming back". I flew home immediately and a trainer picked me up the next week.

Your health could be at risk, you need to talk to them. Sorry again. Put it in an email. If you don't get the right response then go to the supervisor above the dispatcher. Heck, even safety might help.

Good luck and let us know what happens

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Peter M.'s Comment
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Unfortunately I don't have a choice In this matter now... I had the beginnings of cervical cancer about 7 years ago and had to get pieces of my cervix cut out. I can't carry the baby to term so the doctor said I need to terminate the pregnancy....

I am so sorry to hear that. I wish you all the best.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Sorry to hear that. Good luck to you. You always have friends here who have your back.

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