Is it a bad idea to change jobs before TTC?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: At what point would you call off the job hunt, as you approach time to TTC?
    Keeping hunting; don't put your life on hold for something so far away : (23 votes)
    66 %
    Stop now and stick out the next 18 months in your current job : (4 votes)
    11 %
    Keeping hunting until shortly after you find out you're pregnant : (8 votes)
    23 %
    Other/Explain : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    3806 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Keep looking. There’s nothing wrong with announcing a pregnancy to your employer after one year of employment. However, some companies don’t extend full maternity leave benefits to women who haven’t been with the company for a certain number  of years. So keep that in mind. 

    Post # 3
    181 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Definitely keep hunting now.  You might want to read Lean In, it talks a bit about how for women who have to or want to work after having children it really helps to want to go back to work (that is, to like the job).  If you get a new job now you would still get a year in before birth even if you got pregnant in your first cycle so you would qualify for FMLA if you are in the US and the company falls under it.  Personally if I were still at the job and got pregnant I would probably stop looking, assuming I had any type of maternity benefits, but plenty of women do start new jobs while pregnant.

    Post # 5
    3806 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    anonybee0810:  oh! Then you’re set! Take it from me: there’s nothing worse than being pregnant, hormonal, and hating your job. At that point, it’s too late to go anywhere. So definitely keep looking now. Good luck on the job hunt. 

    Post # 6
    230 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I would keep looking, I quit my job(mind you it was min. wage also in ontario), We plan to TTC right after our wedding in August and I’m applying for new jobs right now.

    Post # 7
    271 posts
    Helper bee

    Any employer who hires you and finds out you are preg shortly after will look down on you for not telling them and for looking like you wanted their insurance. 


    I would either stick in your new job until after you have the baby and then swtich jobs


    Switch jobs now and wait a year TTC.


    I am in the  EXACT same boat. I ultimately decided to stay at my job and TTC. After I have a baby, I will THEN look for a new job 🙂

    Post # 8
    206 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013


    anonybee0810:  I say keep looking for a new job. If you are not happy at your current job, then it can become very stressful when TTC or when you become pregnant. And adding more stress to the situation is never good. If I were in the same position, I would keep looking, as you never know what might be out there. Just keep the door open, and perhaps you will find your dream job, or a job that is very family friendly!

    Post # 9
    671 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Last year I was miserable at my job and started looking for a new job knowing that I wanted to TTC.  

    I knew I had to be at my job at least 1 year (including pregnancy) to be pretected under FMLA.  We started TTC after about 4 months at my current job so that the earliest the baby would be born was 1 year and 1 month from my start date.  The way it worked out, I will be at my job about 1 year, 3 months by the time I deliver.


    Keep looking for a new job and don’t let your TTC timeline interfear.

    Post # 10
    1102 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m in Australia and had the same dilemma as you at the end of last year. I knew we’d start trying December 2014 – March 2015, I’d been at my job for over 6 years and I had a certain pressure to find a new job within a certain timeframe, otherwise I wouldn’t be applicable for ‘maternity leave + keeping job at the end of it’. 

    I wouldn’t get a new job within about 8 months prior to TTC just because it really doesn’t look good if you start a new professional job and get pregnant soon after and just leave. 

    Post # 11
    2804 posts
    Sugar bee

    I think it depends on where you are and what your state laws are regarding maternity leave and paid family leave.  In CA you have to have been at a company for at least a year to be able to use FMLA/PFL (that protects your job and pays you out at disabilty rate for 6 additional weeks on top of the 6 week disability leave).  If you do get a new job and get pregnant soon after your boss cant hold it against you or retaliate/fire you, but they can if you stay out longer than the 6 weeks allowed without FMLA protection.

    Post # 13
    277 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    anonybee0810:  Go for it. I just interviewed for a new job and got a verbal job offer this week.  I’m getting married this fall and will start trying after that.  You’re pregnant for 9 months, so thats lots of time to establish yourself!

    Post # 14
    2311 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I started TTC and job hunt simultaneously. Nothing wrong with that. You won’t know how long it will take for TTC to be successful. You can’t put your career aspirations on hold for that. Besides, you might start feeling frustrated and agitated at your current job if you are wanting to leave but can’t. That will stress you out which will affect your TTC and your professional life.

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