Post # 1
Darling Husband and I have talked in the past about TTC this fall/winter. However, that was before I left my last job. For some reason, I thought I would find one right away (ha, yeah right). Anyway, assuming that I do get a job at some point this fall/winter (fingers crossed!), how long do you think is appropriate to be there before starting to TTC? I know that you need to be at most (all?) jobs at least 12 months to qualify for FMLA, But would it be wrong to try to get pg as soon as I”ve been there for 6 months?
Also does anyone know how the months work with FMLA? Anotherwords, if I’m there 6 months and get pg at that point, I become eligible for FMLA once I’m 6 months pregnant, right? I don’t need to be working there for a year before we start TTC?
Post # 3
In an ideal world I’d say you should be at your job for 1 year, but we all know that this isn’t an ideal world and babies are conceived under all kinds of circumstances. A major thing to consider once you do start your new job is your benefits, and if there’s a waiting period for any of them. Health insurance and any maternity leave policies would be really important to look into. Also, just in case you have any complications and wind up on bed rest, it would be good to know when your short term disability policy would kick in, just in case you need to use it sooner rather than later.
Post # 4
I’d say when you feel confident that the job is going to work out and that you’ve had enough time there to deal with the additional tiredness/hormones that pregnancy brings. And enough months that you’ll be there for a year by the time baby is born so 6 months sounds good.
Post # 5
Apart from the practical reasons, I think it would be more….prudent….for you to wait a year before getting pregnant. I don’t know what kind of job you are looking for or what your career is, but if I were an employer in a specialized field, I would be frustrated about hiring someone, getting them trained and finally productive after several months only to have them go on maternity leave shortly afterwards. But then again, that is a risk they take with hiring any new employee (that their investment will be wasted). Also, if you are planning on going back to work after the LO is born, you might want to have a more solid foundation at your job before you leave for baby.
Post # 6
Thank you for the feed back, ladies!! I guess I’ll wait and see when/if I actually get another job and then figure the rest out 🙂
Post # 7
I think it kind of depends on how easy or hard you think it might be for you to get pregnant. I started out trying to plan a pregnancy for the best time… 9 months and one miscarriage later, I still don’t have a baby, and I’m not pregnant again either. So now I refuse to plan my life around a baby, or a future baby around my life until i’m actually pregnant. I’m taking opportunities as they come, and if I get pregnant, I will be overjoyed, and I will rearrange my life when that happens.