Is job insecurity a good reason for ttc?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee

How much do you want a baby? I guess if you’re in a good financial position just decide what you want to do more: work or be a mum. There will always be other jobs or career choices to make. If you really want a family I say go for it 🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I definitely think job security is important when deciding to start a family. If your household relies on your income, then losing it could be detrimental. I wouldn’t want to be pregnant or have a child while job searching. If you’re in the states, another thing to consider is insurance (if you’re not privately insured) and mat leave. Even just interviewing when noticeably pregnant can be a challenge since some employers don’t want to take on someone who is going on extended leave soon after starting. I know that there’s never a perfect time to have a kid but we do have the ability to plan these things so that our situations are as ideal as possible. I, personally, would not TTC if my job wasn’t stable. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Also, you might have a few cycles before conceiving and you can work while pregnant. Plenty of time to save!

Post # 7
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Helper bee

If you want a baby, go ahead and start trying! Like PP said, it may be a couple cycles (or longer) before you actually get pregnant! I’m already wishing I had started sooner and I’m only on my 3rd cycle trying.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

It’s your family, your body, etc but I would say TTC while experiencing job insecurity is about the worst possible time. You’ve been married less than two months. Why not wait a while, save up some money, switch jobs if you must, THEN get to it?

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If you plan on being a SAHM, there really is no reason to worry about job security. I would go ahead and try. Who knows when it will happen, or when your boss will sell the company?

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I would say ask yourself what would make YOU happy. Would you stay at your job and just wish you were at home with a baby? You have to do what is in the best interest for you and your SO. Not what everyone else expects or suggests you to do..

Post # 11
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Honey bee

Mrs2b2014:  I would be more concerned about insurance coverage and maternity leave at this point. It can get complicated and may end up costing you a lot more money in th end. If you aren’t planning on working after/if this job ends, then don’t worry about it (as long as you have health insurance through your husband). 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I think I get what you mean, and I am sort of in the same frame of mind. You figure that since you may be out of work or basically working for nothing that now would be the best time to TTC, correct? That’s kind of how I am. I know that I’m not going to land my dream job right out of college, so I figure maybe staying at home with our future kids at first and then starting in the entry level career after makes more sense for us. As long as you can support yourselves and a family on your DH’s salary I don’t see what the big deal is. I would continue working/saving while TTC and while pregnant until your current job doesn’t earn you anymore money or the company is sold. Then if you still are able to work maybe find a part time job until the baby is born just for some extra spending money. My friend lost her job at 3 months pregnant but wants to be a SAHM, so she got a job at a store that sells baby supplies just for the discount until baby is born. 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Mrs2b2014:  if you’re prepared financially now then I don’t see why not. People told us to wait, too. We got pregnant 2 months after the wedding and I have no regrets! You have to do what’s best for you. No one can make that decision for you.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m in a similar position.  My current contract ends in December, and I’m not sure what I’ll do after.  My husband and I decided to go for it.  If I’m going to have a bit of a career-change or break anyway, I might as well take advantage and enjoy some time at home with my kiddo!  I’m sure some might think it’s a huge career risk, and I should find a permanent position in my field first, but who knows how long (and how many cross-country moves) that might take.  We don’t need my salary, and I don’t love what I do anyway.

Good luck with whatever you decide! 

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