(Closed) Pregnant and soon to be jobless…

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I hired a pregnant nanny! She was about 20 weeks along and everything worked out very well because my job is seasonal and I wouldn’t need her in a few months. Lots of teachers and contracters need short term help so I’m sure you will be fine!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

If you can’t find a nanny position maybe you could find something else just to save up until the baby comes. I know it sounds silly, but some stores will give you a discount for working there-could help get clothes and suppplies for the baby.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Bao:  Try not to worry (but I know that’s hard, as I worry a lot myself!)… I do think you should be able to get hired as a nanny while pregnant… my sister has worked as a nanny and her last two jobs were for families needing a somewhat short-term nanny (I think one was for 4 months and the other for 6). I think being pregnant makes you seem more maternal and kid-friendly as well, lol.

Also, at around 20 weeks pregnant, my sister interviewed for a job as a teacher’s aid. She was able to disguise her bump for the interview. When they offered her the job, she did tell them that she was pregnant and due towards the end of the school year… they still hired her. Technically, I don’t think an employer is able to not hire you just because of your pregnancy status (although I’m sure that this does affect their decision making to some extent).

Good luck!!!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

@Bao:  I agree with MrsMeNow.  You may not be able to find a nanny job, but I’d bet you could find something.  In retail, there’s so much turnover that I don’t think being pregnant is a huge deterrent to hiring managers.  Plus at 18 weeks, you probably won’t be super big.

Post # 8
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Newbee

Maybe even get connected with a temp agency or if you are open to looking outside of being a nanny, lots of after school programs are always looking to hire individuals for temporary periods of time or longer. Congrats on the baby and I’m sure it will all work out!

Post # 9
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Helper bee

You could apply at a childcare center. Maybe work as a float or relief person. I think on call nannies who work as fill-ins make more money per hour than a full time nanny. They just don’t have bennifits but you can pick and choose what jobs you want.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

Do you look really pregnant?  Is there a way you could wear a sweater or a dress or something to hide it during interviews? (just to sort of calm your own fears about people not hiring PG people)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Bao:  I’m 8 weeks too and we are moving to a new state 3000 miles away. I am gonna try to apply for jobs. Temping work and be open about my condition to see if anyone will take pity on me and hire a preggo in need. Perhaps there is some part time or temporary thing you can do? Once I get to about 8 months i will be a Stay-At-Home Mom from then till our fture 2nd child is school age. I too am scared of the implication of one income and not being independent but I think it’s worth it for a baby to have one full time at home parent. I have a friend who stated a daycare in her home and that way she can stay home wih her babies and just have other kids come over as well and care for them. Perhaps something like this would work for you in the futaimed once you are in the child care field already. Many people needsomeone to watch their kids during work and you could make your rates very competitive. Best of luck either way ad just remember this is all for our baby. You can do it! 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I was having a chat with member of HR just now about the fact that they have found a new person to fill a role in our department who is 7 months pregnant. They are just working out the logistics, but they still want her as she is the right person for the job…

just something to share to keep up your optimism!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I don’t have much advice to offer except that I might consider hiring a pregnant nanny…esp. if the timing worked out well.  I would love to be able to put our LO in daycare a little later and having a short term nanny seems appealing!

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Different people are looking for differnt things in a nanny, so I dont think that being pregnant automatically disqualifies you from being hired as a nanny. Fingers crossed you find a family that is ok with you being pregnant!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m having the same issue. I’ll graduate with my Master’s in May, at 5 months pregnant! No one will hire me for 4 months in a field where I have to really connect with clients (I’m going to be a Marriage & Family Therapist). I plan to nanny, take some time off when I have baby, and go from there. 

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