Posts Tagged ‘working mom’

Working during pregnancy

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

It comes as no surprise to know that many women work during pregnancy. Some women work right up until their due date, or close to it. One of the first things many women think about is when to share the big news with their boss and coworkers. Here are some other things to think about as a working mom to-be:

  • Your safety. It’s important to stay healthy and safe at work, especially during pregnancy. If you work with chemicals or have to lift or carry heavy things, talk to your boss about changing your job responsibilities. Standing all day or working with things like pesticides or radiation may put your health and your baby’s health at risk.
  • Time away from work for prenatal care checkups. Prenatal care is medical care you get during pregnancy. Going to all your prenatal care checkups, even if you’re feeling fine. At the beginning of pregnancy, you get a prenatal checkup once a month (every 4 weeks). Later in pregnancy you go for checkups more often. Talk to your boss about flex time or how to make up the time you miss from work.
  • Planning your maternity leave. Maternity leave is time you take off from work when you have a baby. When planning your maternity leave, think about a start date and how long you plan on staying home after your baby is born. Talk to your boss or human resources department about maternity leave. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (also called FMLA), employees can take time off without pay (up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year) for pregnancy- and family-related health issues. Find out how this works as part of maternity leave. Pregnancy, labor and birth go smoothly for most women. But sometimes things don’t go as planned, especially if you have pregnancy complications. If this happens, you may need to adjust the timing of your leave.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act says that employers can’t discriminate on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or other related health conditions. If you’re pregnant or affected by pregnancy-related conditions, your employer has to treat you just like any other employee with a similar condition.

Pregnancy should never be the cause of a woman being discriminated against, denied opportunity, treated unfairly or compensated less. Supporting healthy pregnancies is critical to reducing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality (death). March of Dimes fights for the health of all moms and babies and works with government, employers and health care providers to make positive changes for every mom and every baby.

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Returning to work

Friday, August 7th, 2009

It’s 7:30am. “Would you like to turn the Out-of-Office-Assistant off?” I hesitate for a moment then click “YES”.  It’s official. I’m back. It’s been six months and it feels weird to type. My hair is still wet from my shower and I have a little dried spit-up on my shirt. Or is that toothpaste? I don’t even care. I haven’t slept for more than four consecutive hours or  thought about anything else but the baby since the moment I laid eyes on her. I’m worried that I don’t remember how to do things anymore. Thank goodness for spell-check. Speaking of…where did the spell-check button go, Lindsay? Pam? Ivette? I swear it was in the upper right hand corner of the screen when I left. OK. This is pathetic. My eyes are already from tired from the computer screen. Seriously…how do women do this?

We have some information on our website from Working Mother Magazine about making your return to the workplace easier after having a baby. Perhaps I need to read it again.

Now that I’m back to work I’ll be posting on baby-related issues every Friday. I have a ton of funny and not-so-funny stories to share about being a first-time-mom and caring for a new baby. I need all the support and encouragement I can get so I’d love to hear from you. TGIF and see you next week!