Planning pregnancy while looking for job

  1. Hello everyone! I posted a few months ago about whether it would hurt my career to take 6-9 months off of work. We decided to go for it. I am an L&D nurse with 2 1/2 yrs FT experience at the time I left my position due to my husband's job loss. Since we are young with no kids/no mortgage, we decided to spend a once-in-a-lifetime winter in a ski town while we wait to see where my husband ends up getting into grad school.

    We originally wanted to start TTC soon, in the hopes that I could deliver well before my husband's required internship during summer 2015, which could take him even overseas. But would being in early pregnancy diminish my chances of getting a job, seeing as I've already been unemployed for 4 months? Should I wait and get the job first? I don't feel like I want to put off starting to try just to benefit from FMLA...

    I turn 30 this year, which is why I would rather not wait another 2 1/2 years until my husband has graduated. I'm taking this very seriously as I do not want to hurt my career long-term nor do I want to take chances with my fertility. I'm interested in hearing your experiences and advice!
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  3. by   Esme12
    remember you must work a year to be eligible for FLMA
    Employee Eligibility To be eligible for FMLA leave, an employee must work for a covered employer and:

    • have worked for that employer for at least 12 months; and
    • have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the start of the FMLA leave
    I was 36 at my daughters birth and 37 at my sons. Jobs are hard to come by but your experience in L/D may play into your favor.
  4. by   SL2014
    Yes, like the other person said- in order to be eligible for FMLA you have to work for an employer for one year.

    There are a lot of companies that offer alternatives to FMLA that include 12 weeks of unpaid leave but there is no guarantee that your job will still be there after leave (but usually it is).

    Also, if you are not obviously pregnant, how would it have an impact on you getting a job? You aren't required to disclose a positive pregnancy test...

    I will also say that you can plan for whatever you want but it could take a while for you to become pregnant so I wouldn't over-plan something that isn't “plannable”. This is especially true if you are taking oral contraceptives.
  5. by   serenity729
    SL2014, thank you. I think I am nervous about how pregnancy early on in an employment arrangement would impact getting my job back if I had to take leave, or "quit" in good standing, for me to take 3 mos off (even if it were unpaid).
  6. by   generalRN2008
    I had started a new job right after a miscarriage. Two months later , found out I was about two months pregnant again with complications. I worked until day of delivery. I had short term disability, vacation and sick pay built up but a month or so shy of fmla. My spot was given away. I got my job back at 13 weeks post partum as the nurse was not able to handle the job and quit. I came back to spot with 10 hours less a week as that the only job open. So be careful with timing.