Need Advice on Returning to Work

Updated on December 19, 2008
A.W. asks from Downingtown, PA
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I have been a SAHM for two years with my son, and am 10 wks pregnant now, but my husband wants me to return to work full time. I wish he would have told me that before we were expecting number two, but that isn't the case. SO my question is, has anyone had to job hunt while pregnant? What is your experience, and what is ettiquitte? Do you tell potential employers you are expecting? UGH- Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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answers from Philadelphia on

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answers from Philadelphia on

Hi A.,

I am a mother of two and a ton of my friends are sahm's as well. It's very hard in todays world to be able to stay at home and many who do are very fortunate.

There are options out there for moms who are in need of financial help and want or need to stay home with their children. There are so many opportunities outside the corporate world. I feel as though too many are scared to take the leap to try something from home. Everyone jumps to conclusions thinking any kind of work from home must be a scam because they have to put money out in the beginning. In fact, this is the cheapest way to start any kind of business. There are also a lot of things you can write off. It's great. It's a shame that more poeple aren't more openminded about great opportunites out there. Network marketers are making out huge right now. Why? Because of the economy. Many people turn for help online.

I am just letting you know that you could have the opportunity from working from home and really succeeding at it. There is countless opportunites out there today. And yes, many are scams but not all. You just have to do your research. Many people who start these types of businesses and don't see the success they anticipate, will usually always blame the company or their team or whomever but no one ever takes the blame for themselves. No one is going to make you succeed except yourself. It's all within you. If you have the drive and motivation to find that financial freedom you will someday get their.

So, sorry about this being so lengthy but you could really consider working from home, start a business and also be the best mom you can by being their for your kids!

I wish you all the best!

A. P

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Never having been in your specific position before I don't have any advice for you. But I was wondering if you need to find a job now or can you wait unti after the baby is born? Also, you mention what your husband wants, but what do you want? It just seems that you are going to have a lot of things to do in the coming months to prepare for the baby. I imagine you will also be looking for child care. If you absoutely need some extra income now what about a temp job or seasonal job for the holidays? Just trying to offer some options to think about.



answers from Philadelphia on

Try seeking work through a temporary agency. That way you have the option of accepting long term assignments to hold you over financially until the baby arrives. Good luck.



answers from Allentown on

you don't need to say anything in 1st interview but if offer is made i'd be honest. What kind of work do you do? how about working in a daycare?



answers from Philadelphia on

Congratulations on the new baby!!

Career or entry level, honesty is the best policy, especially if you say that you intend to keep working after the baby.

Also, I would be prepared with how long of a maternity leave you plan on taking etc. A employer will want to know these facts while making their decision.

On the bright side, I had been interviewing and then found out I was pregnant. When a company called me with a job offer, I turned them down because I decided to stay with my current employer, knowing that I would quit anyway when the baby was born. The people with the job offer said that they were still willing to hire me, even though I was pregnant. So get out there and try. I hope you find a good position - good luck.



answers from Pittsburgh on

I think it depends on several things. What kind of job will you be after? If it is a career position, I would feel it's ethically right to tell them. If it's a lower level, easily replaceable position, I wouldn't mention it. Good luck.



answers from Philadelphia on

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answers from Lancaster on

What about what YOU want?? Do you really want to go back to work while pregnant? Have you both thought about the fact that your son will be at daycare/family home etc... and you will only be going back for a short time?? Is it really worth it? If you decide to go back check with temp services for temporary jobs so you are not committed to one place to only let them down after going on maternity leave. I was looking for a job when I was pregnant and I was honest with all of them. The one place hired me and the owner was preggo too so we had a lot in common and she knew I was just temporary. Good luck and discuss what YOUR NEEDS are with the hubby.



answers from Philadelphia on

Hi A.. Honesty is the best way...

I stopped working after my second child was about 1 year old. It was much harder to work full time with 2 kids. I also work from home and it was the best decision we ever made. I have the flexibility to work around my family's schedule and no longer have the expense of daycare.

Good luck!



answers from Harrisburg on

If you go back to work how is that going to help you? You are going to be more tired, and in addition too, you are going to be working to pay for childcare! Right? What about just watching a few kids in your home....babysitting???? A thought! That way you can be home, still do the mommy thing, and help other moms out....



answers from Philadelphia on

I would say that you are early enough in your pregnancy that you do not need to mention it. I have many girlfriends/sisters who did not think it was nessesary (sp) to mention. I am with you would have been nice for your husband to mention before you got pregnant. There is no way for you to stay home with this one? I know it is a struggle in this economy...we are barely hanging on with one income and 6 of us!!



answers from Sharon on

When I started working as a realtor in 1990, I was expecting baby #6. I always felt on top of the world when I was preggy, but the world wasn't ready for it back then. The employers were openly sceptical that I would do as good of a job. I think things have changed. Professional women are not embarassed to say, "I'll have to call you back, I am late to pick up my son from school", on a busines call, (though I have to admit I was a bit stunned). Sarah Palin's even Governor with five kids... though, I wonder how her kids have fared because of it. If you really want the job, tell the truth, be confident and don't apologize for your condition.

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