(Closed) Work/TTC Timeline, When to pull the goalie? (poll included)

posted 6 years ago in TTC
  • poll: When would you start TTC?
    Now! : (17 votes)
    57 %
    6 months after finding a job : (7 votes)
    23 %
    1 year after finding a job : (2 votes)
    7 %
    More than 1 year after finding a job : (2 votes)
    7 %
    Other- suggestions/comments provided : (2 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    18641 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I’m not sure I would start now. It’s hard enough to get a job with a Master’s degree right after you graduate at our age, I suspect waiting until kids are older would probably be even tougher.

    Post # 4
    691 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Could you try NTNT instead of full on TTC and see where that leads you? You may not get pregnant right away, so you wouldn’t have to worry about not having enough time in for FMLA but you also wouldn’t necessarily be putting your career plans on hold either.

    I’m 25 and pregnant and I didn’t want to let my dream of a career postpone my dream of a family. Granted, I don’t have a masters’ degree (someday!) but my BSN is serving me well right now.

    Post # 6
    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think it depends on your field; you said non-profit, but was your masters training more for the sake of the title or were you learning skills that you will actively use on a daily basis?  If it was more about the general education level/title, then the timing matters less.  If you learned skills in your graduate program that you’re going to need to use daily and could lose if you put too much time between your schooling and starting your first job, then you should wait to TTC.  

    I think no matter what, the 6 months post job should be thrown out.  Either do it now or wait a good year before you get pregnant.  

    Post # 7
    691 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @suzieQQ:  “Not trying not to” conceive – essentially you pull the goalie but don’t chart or time intercourse, so if it happens, it happens.

    Post # 8
    2702 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    You’re still pretty young. I know every situation is different. But I know if it were me I would feel much more comfortable having a job first. Job searching while pregnant, especially in the first trimester just sounds like so much work!

    Post # 10
    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    If you don’t plan on working anyways once you have the baby, then maybe you should just start trying now. Or you could get a job and since you aren’t planning on staying, although I wouldn’t disclose that up front when you get pregnant, it can help you make some extra cash during your pregnancy to put into savings.

    A job history of less then 3-5 yrs isn’t going to help when getting a job. So unless you plan on waiting 5yrs to work and then take time off with the baby I would say just start now.

    Post # 11
    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I would say to start NTNT just because it might happen soon and it might take a while, sadly, but you never know. Personally, I would be SO frustrated if we waited up to 5 years or whatever, and then it took another 2+ years. I’m 24 now, and we’ve talked about NTNT at 26 or so. We have some student loans to pay off first… 🙁

    Post # 12
    448 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I second shimmerofheaven‘s suggestion of NTNT (starting now).

    Darling Husband and I are struggling with something similar- I have one year left of grad school and we REALLY want to start having kids! Originally we were going to TTC in the late fall so that the baby would be born a month or so after graduation but we had to postpone. Now we’re trying to figure out how long to wait. We’re leaning toward TTC either March of next year- if I get pregnant right away I’ll just work part time/volunteer at my old internship.

    It really just depends on what you’re more willing to sacrifice. If you wait a few years to have children it will probably be better for your career, but if you want to be a “younger parent” more, there’s your decision! Just my opinion. Good luck! 🙂

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