(Closed) How long to wait…

posted 8 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How long should you have your job before taking maternity leave?
    6 months or less : (0 votes)
    6 months to 1 year : (3 votes)
    10 %
    1 year or more : (17 votes)
    59 %
    Don't plan your kids around your job - when it happens, it happens! : (9 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 3
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Look into the health care rules on that. Sometimes you have to be employed by a place so long before they will cover you (including preexisting conditions which could mean a baby).

    I’ll be in the same boat as you, but hey, what happens, happens! It probably isn’t a stellar idea to start a job like, 6 months pregnant b/c you won’t be able to do anything and nobody will want to give you much responsibility if you’re just going to leave. Maybe you could time it right so you have your kid before your job starts? Or start trying when you start working. I think it’s one thing to get pregnant soon after the job starts and another to be like 7 months along when you START the job =].

    How do you feel about trying to get pregnant while you’re in school? That may be incredibly overwhelming.

    By the way, you said “Fi wants to have kids ASAP after I graduate” but how do YOU feel about it? Do you want kids asap? Or do you wnt to work for a little bit? I wouldn’t be comfy taking maternity leave as soon as I start a new job. I’d like to start trying as soon as I get my new job, so we’ll see! Of course life doesn’t always work like that =]

    Post # 5
    7082 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    Check further into the benefits because some health insurances don’t cover pregnancy within the first year… Be very, very careful about this!  It’s too expensive to have a baby to not have it fully covered.  We picked my type of insurance for my current job based on the OB care benefits.

    Post # 6
    1482 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I will second that you need to look into the rules regarding your covereage if you decide to take a leave of absence.  I believe the laws regarding FMLA leave vary by state (or maybe by company); for example, for my company (or it might be WA state) you must be employed for over a year or X amount of hours in a 12 month time period to be covered by FMLA and retain your insurance coverage. 


    Post # 7
    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2008

    while I don’t believe in planning kids around work entirely, a few months of waiting to make sure you are there a year before you go on leave seems to make sense – especially if you intend to have a career post baby. 

    Post # 9
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Eek hearing that makes me nervous, too. I mean, what if it DID just happen?! You coudl totally get screwed, money-health-care-wise.

    @DWBride, nice gig by the way! my company paid for my last year of college, too. It was a Godsend, lemme tell ya!

    Post # 10
    1813 posts
    Buzzing bee

    if your company qualifies, so you get FMLA, I think you have to have been there at least 1 year to qualify for the 12 weeks off…it only means waiting 3 or 4 month after you start…plus, you want to be on their insurance first, so pregnancy won’t be a preexisting condition

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