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Planning For Working Mothers Getting Pregnant And Dealing With Work

Planning For Working Mothers Getting Pregnant And Dealing With Work

While finding out you're pregnant is miraculous and exciting, it can also be stressful for working moms-to-be. Will you return to work after your baby is born, or will you be a stay-at-home-mom? What about maternity leave, or lost income from giving up your job? You'll have to really consider your professional and personal life to determine which option is right for you. Here are a few things to think about to help you plan for your pregnancy as a working mother or stay-at-home mom.

Talk to Your Partner
Discuss your working options with your partner. It's very common for fathers to stay at home with children while their wife works, or for spouses to each work part time and divide the childcare. There is no one right scenario, and communicating your wants and needs to your partner is the only way to find a solution that fits your lifestyle and goals.

Benefits What Will You Get?
The Family Medical Leave Act is in place to ensure that pregnant women are treated fairly by their employers. Any business with more than 50 employees has to provide 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave without replacing the employee. It's important to talk with your Human Resources department as each company is different. Some employers will allow you to combine sick leave and vacation days with maternity leave, and others will provide a week or two of paid leave in addition to this.

Are You At Risk Because Of Your Job?
If you work anywhere that you're exposed to paint, pesticides, or other toxic products, you'll need to make other arrangements for your pregnancy. These chemicals can be extremely dangerous to your fetus, so make sure you talk to your employer before you become pregnant.
While pregnancy planning can be extremely helpful so that you're prepared for issues in the workplace, remember that there is no way to guarantee that everything will happen exactly as you want it to! You may have to stop working even earlier than you expected if a medical issue arises, or you might find that you've changed your mind about returning to work once your baby is born. However, by going over your finances with your partner, and looking into various options for benefits and maternity leave, you can make the best choice for you and your family.


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