What You Need to Know About Getting Pregnant on the Job

Lindsay Reinhardt

I work for one of the most empowering all-female companies in America. But when I told my boss I was pregnant, my heart was racing.

I knew DailyWorth would be supportive. But the fact is, there are no guarantees when it comes to maternity leave in the U.S.: 178 other countries mandate paid leave, but we don’t.

“We have a modern economy where three-quarters of moms are in the labor force, but our policies haven’t caught up with reality,” says Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director of MomsRising, an advocacy group.

The Family and Medical Leave Act, which applies to companies with over 50 employees, permits 12 weeks’ leave for eligible workers—without pay.

As I’m the first pregnancy at my company—and given that we’re small and feisty but still a startup—we’d love your suggestions about crafting a policy, so join the discussion! [link to comments]

Next, consider your other resources: savings, short-term disability (many states, like New York, cover maternity leave via their disability fund), and plan your postpartum budget.

Something tells me this isn’t the last time I’ll be telling myself, “You can do this.”

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