Pregnancy is a special and emotional time for any woman, yet for most of us, it also comes with a sea of nerves — and sometimes those nerves translate into confusion over our identity and how this new phase might affect our career. That’s why we’re hooking you up with a no-nonsense checklist. While no two women’s pregnancies are the same, these tips will put you on the right track and will guide you as you navigate these exciting months.
- Browse this maternity leave database to find out what your company’s policy is (or, if you’re job searching, figure out which companies have good leave programs).
- Not thrilled with your company’s policy? Read up on the basics of maternity leave, short-term disability insurance and FMLA to figure out what your options are and whether you might be able to negotiate for more maternity leave.
- If you have a male partner who’s working, find out what the paternity leave policy is at his company.
- Check out what other women have reported about your company’s (or a prospective company’s) work-life balance and flexibility policies. You may not tire of working long hours now, but when you have a baby at home you may want — or, let’s face it, need — to be able to have a more flexible schedule.
- Figure out how to tell your boss you’re pregnant. And how to tell your co-workers you’re pregnant. If you’re terrified, rest assured that you’ll feel a whole lot better once you deliver the news.
- Do some research on how other mamas have navigated pregnancy week by week in the workplace.
- Start buying what you need to stay comfortable. You’ll want a good maternity pillow, pregnancy band and some cozy (and maybe even cute) maternity clothing.
- Create a maternity leave plan to share with your boss and colleagues. In addition to helping them out, it will give you some peace of mind and help you combat maternity leave guilt.
- Start crafting your last-minute checklist before maternity leave. You’ll be grateful that you have it when you’re struggling to tie up loose ends before your last day.
- If you plan to breastfeed — and return to your job — it’s never too early to look into your legal rights and protections as a breastfeeding employee… and, of course, how to pump at work.
- If you’re thinking of working from home post-baby, check out these 13 great work-from-home job opportunities for stay-at-home moms.
- Most of all, don’t forget to enjoy the wonderful ride that is pregnancy — and if you’re ever feeling like you need more support, let this checklist guide you, and don’t be shy about posting a question or discussion topic to solicit advice from mamas who have been there!
Originally published on Fairygodboss.