Anyone switch jobs while pregnant?

Yahoo otrhsmy
Oct 19 18 Comments

Does anyone have experience switching jobs while pregnant? Was there any bad reaction from new coworkers and manager?
I haven’t told the new company yet. Any advice on things I should be aware of when switching jobs during this time?

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TOP 18 Comments
  • Google Ben Dover.
    The job would change but the kid inside would be the same, unfortunately.
    Oct 19 2
    • GE F499
      OP asked about the job. Kid inside is none of anybody’s business
      Oct 19
    • Google Ben Dover.
      🆒
      Oct 19
  • BlackLine Uijj73
    You’ll should check that you’ll be covered under their maternity leave policy. Often you need to be with the company for a year to be eligible
    Oct 19 1
    • Yahoo otrhsmy
      OP
      Thanks for reminding! I did check and at the new company, I am eligible.
      Oct 19
  • New / Eng sMld33
    I found out I was pregnant partly through the interview process. It's illegal to discriminate so you have no obligation to disclose. In my case, I told my new managers before I accepted the offer but only because I was joining a small team and I wanted to know they would be able to backfill my role. Management was super supportive and connected me with other new moms within the org. Naturally, I accepted because of how positive everyone was.

    I didn't tell the rest of the team I was pregnant until I was about 3-4 months in. No one seemed to mind and they even threw me a baby shower before I left for maternity. I put in 6 solid months of work before leave and ramped back up pretty quickly when I got back. My leave was about 4 months.

    The company will appreciate whatever work you put in before you leave and will be happy to know they will be getting you back shortly. I know a few other women who were in very similar situations and they are all currently thriving in their roles.
    Oct 19 3
    • Yahoo otrhsmy
      OP
      Thanks for your detailed response. Problem is I will only have 4 months to prove myself before maternity leave. I’m afraid they will not like that. That’s why I didn’t tell them yet. Is it a bad practice to not tell them before accepting the offer? Would you suggest letting them know now rather than later? (I’m starting in 2 weeks)
      Oct 19
    • New / Eng sMld33
      It's not bad practice. It's your completely your choice when you want to tell them but I think it's helpful to give them a couple months heads up so they can plan for your leave. Whatever the case, they can't legally rescind your offer.

      Sometimes companies ask you to prepare a document that summarizes your work and what needs to be done when you leave. There's also HR stuff you may need time to get processed. In my case, I was the only one in a particular role and my manager needed time to find a temporary worker/contractor to backfill and he started maybe 2-3 months before I left.

      Also, I didn't really mean that you need to prove yourself in the time you're there. I meant it more as they are still getting a solid x months of work out of you rather than leaving the position unfilled and they know they will have someone coming back after the leave.
      Oct 19
    • Yahoo otrhsmy
      OP
      Thank you! Yeah I plan to tell my manager on my first date. And will make sure HR is involved
      Oct 19
  • Microsoft Anoneemos
    We had a woman on our team do this and it was not an issue at all. She had like 3 weeks on the job before she took maternity leave and has since been back for two months. She's doing great now, ramped up and is a quality engineer.

    I don't think family should come up unless it's casual conversation. I don't think anyone had negative reactions to her joining and going, but that's just me (male FYI).
    Oct 19 1
    • Yahoo otrhsmy
      OP
      Thanks so much for sharing this. It makes me feel a lot better.
      Oct 19
  • Goodway Group sct838
    I waited until after I had my baby to switch jobs. However, it was clear when I was interviewing (at other companies) and brought up my <4 month old that people were concerned about my performance and my decision to change roles shortly after maternity leave ending.

    I’d recommend weighing how long your maternity leave is, at some companies it’s as long as 6 months. (in my case it was 12 weeks of paid and unpaid leave: 2 weeks paid, 6 weeks of disability and the remainder either vacation or unpaid time off). If it’s less than 3 months and you’ll already be there for 4 months, I think it will be in how you handle it with the coworkers and manager.

    Things to consider: you will not qualify for FMLA in that 4 month period, so I would approach HR as soon as you can. If your leave is unpaid, but covered by a short term disability plan you may need to check that there are not minimum limits on how long you must be employed before claiming those benefits. I would also ask HR for their feedback on approaching your manager/coworkers, that way they are in the loop and if you do receive negative or discriminatory responses you’ve covered yourself.

    Professionally, I would let your manager know that as soon as you are up to speed you will develop a coverage plan for your work while you are on leave, and work with your coworkers to divide the work. Since you aren’t eligible for FMLA, they aren’t required to hold your position so I’d take any steps necessary to alleviate hiring someone to cover your work while on leave.

    I hope this isn’t overwhelming! Becoming a mom is the best, and I wish you all the best!
    Oct 19 1
    • Yahoo otrhsmy
      OP
      Thank you so much for your advice! They are all pretty helpful!
      Oct 19
  • Amazon fIMK46
    I did while 3 months pregnant. Everyone were super nice about it. I told my manager before accepting an offer though just to be honest with him
    Oct 19 4
    • Yahoo otrhsmy
      OP
      Did you tell him over the phone or in writing? I’m afraid they will rescind offer.
      Oct 19
    • Google
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      You can sue the company if they rescind the offer. It is illegal to make hiring decision based on pregnancy.
      Oct 19
    • Yahoo otrhsmy
      OP
      @Google yeah but it’s hard to prove. They might just say that the position is closed 😕
      Oct 20
    • Amazon fIMK46
      I did it face to face
      Oct 22

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