(Closed) New Job, how long to hold off TTC?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
1811 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Pink Asawa:  I just went through this.  I was offered a promotion that would bring in more money but would also mean working more hours.  In the end we looked at our priorities and I turned down the position.  I’m not planning on returning to work after we have kids so it just felt wrong to take the position knowing they will have to replace me soon.

Post # 4
1949 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I got hired at my current job in May, and while we were actively TTC at that point, I wasn’t ovulating, so really nothing was going to happen. I ended up getting preggers in Oct, so 4.5 months after starting my job. They were nothing but thrilled for me.

I think as long as you’re passed the 3 month mark, and you’ve got your permanent employee status, it’s really no one’s concern. the way it worked out for me, I’ll celebrate my 1 year anniversary at my job, and go on mat leave 10 days later.

Keep in mind that even a healthy couple only has a 20% chance each month of getting preggers, so it might take you a little longer to conceive.

Good luck with the job and TTC! 🙂

Post # 5
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My sis got PG 6 months into a new position.  It happens.  Companies know it.  And luckily most of them are forward thinking enough to flow with it.  GL!

Post # 6
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wait until, even under the worst case scenario of bed rest and a premature birth, you will not need any leave until after 1 year. I’d wait at least 6 months to TTC, just to be on the safe side.

Post # 7
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I’d double check the policy of any new company you may end up joining. Some places have restrictions in place (maternity leave effective after X months employment). That type of thing.

Post # 8
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@Pink Asawa:  I just started a job March 1st, ended up getting pregnant 5 weeks ago. I was offered a manager position, but turned it down because I do not plan to return to work after having our little baby.

it happens!

Post # 9
529 posts
Busy bee

I’ve just been made redundant (during cycle 2 of ttc), but we’re still trying. We’re slightly older, and recognise it could take months / years to conceive (brother and sister in law took three years, and they’re younger).

I think I’d always regret  holding off if there was a problem, and there’ll always be other jobs. Having said that, I’d feel more comfortable holding off until I actually get a job, but I’d be crushed to stop trying, hence why we’re still actively ttc. We are okay financially, which helps.

Post # 10
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

just check company policies to make sure you’ll have insurance coverage and maternity leave benefits and go for it. I wouldn’t but TTC on hold because you feel like you need to be there for a certain amount of time first.  

Post # 11
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

First, I’m assuming you are in the US.  If your new employer must adhere to FMLA (has more than I think 50 employees), you aren’t eligible for FMLA until after you have worked there 1 year.  So, I would say wait 3 months until after you start your new job to try to conceieve because if you don’t, then they could lay you off, but then again if you don’t wait and they were to fire you, you may not actually want to work for a place like that.

Post # 12
2490 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I personally wouldn’t wait. You never know how long it could take to get pregnant and it would be horrible to have held off and then end up spending a while TTC.

If you’re in Canada, your job is protected so if you’re worried about that side of things, don’t be.

Post # 14
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Pink Asawa:  my only concern is FMLA time. For my job to use FMLA time I had to be there a year, working full time. I would research your state/job and see what family leave time is. Good luck!

Post # 15
1351 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

This was a concern for us. I started my first Attorney job out of law school in January of this year. I was just offered a permanent position, and I’ve been there 3.5 months. So, technically now I’m good to go. However, I’m still going to wait until I work in my new role for at least 3 months. It’s more about getting settled in my new role, since this is a huge promotion for me! 

Post # 16
2490 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

@Pink Asawa:  honestly I don’t think people would even mind. I’ve worked a lot of places where women get pregnant quickly and everyone is usually always happy for them. As for EI, it goes by your total hours worked in the past year, regardless of where it was. 

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