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Don't Let Your Baby Bump Be A Career Bump.

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A new baby (or one that’s on the way) can have a huge impact on your finances, as should be expected. But one of the more worrying fiscal impacts it can have is the relationship between your impending motherhood and your job or career. A lot of women find trouble getting the assistance and leave they need, as well as making their return back to the working world. If you intend to keep working after your latest family member arrives, it pays to anticipate some of the trouble.

Know your rights
Unfortunately, the stigma against working and pregnant mothers is still very much alive in the workplace. Often, this can result in genuine discrimination from employers and managers. Women need to know what their rights in the workplace are, as shown by this article. Those rights can change depending on company size. For instance, if your employer has more than fifteen people on the team, they have to treat pregnancy as they would any other disability or medical condition, but if it’s a smaller team, they might not have to. It’s important to be aware that you can never be fired or lose your job due to a pregnancy. If any employer even makes that mistake, they can be held responsible in a court of law.

The costs of motherhood
Most mothers will agree that we simply do not get enough time for maternity leave when the baby finally arrives. Even with guaranteed maternity leave, many mothers find themselves using whatever vacation days they can and even taking a brief leave of absence from the working world without pay. However, if you have long-term disability insurance, that may be able to benefit you as you can see from this article here. You can argue that your pregnancy should be covered like any other long-term disability, just as it would be in the workplace. If your provider fails to cover you, you can still argue your case with the help of some legal advice to ensure you’re not left covering the costs by yourself.

Preparing your leave and return
While discrimination of expecting mothers is still very much a thing, there are employers who are moving with the times and willing to help you as much as they can. It’s not necessarily your responsibility, but you can make your absence and return a lot smoother for them by preparing a maternity leave plan. This can include things like plotting our all your roles and responsibilities, and what your daily workload looks like so that they can better manage the gap in manpower while you’re away. If you can do that, it proves to your employer that you’re taking the needs of the entire team into account, which can be looked on very favorably.

It’s a huge shame that something as wonderful as a new baby can still be seen as many as a career roadblock. If you end up wanting to scale back your work life to focus on family, that’s your right, but you shouldn’t be forced into it.

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