What About My Job?
First and foremost, talk with your doctor: "Find out if it's possible to work reduced hours or if telecommuting is an option," says Ellen Bravo, director of 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women. "Having work to focus on may be the thing that keeps you from going nuts."
If that isn't an option, speak with your human-resources department. Does your company have short-term medical disability? Can you use up your vacation and sick time? Another option: Most employees are eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year under the Family and Medical Leave Act. But be warned: "Depending on your company's leave policy, it may count against the amount of time you can take off after you give birth," Bravo explains. To find out more, contact 9 to 5, the National Partnership on Women and Families, the women's bureau at the Department of Labor, or your state's labor department.
Copyright © 2002 Jeanne Muchnick. Reprinted with permission from the June 2002 issue of Parents magazine.
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