Should I start a job in my third trimester? — The Bump
October 2015 Moms

Should I start a job in my third trimester?

Now that I feel more energized than ever, I feel bored at home while my fiancé is at work. I've looked in to getting a part-time and have received a call about an opening. I have this strong feeling of needing to make money to save for the baby more than ever now. But the lady has no clue that I'm pregnant. I have an interview this Saturday. Any thoughts?

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  • I agree with @BrooklynBroussard. You may start work, then get a call from your OB's office saying you have pre-e and they'll induce you the next week . . . Then you go in for a non-stress test and get sent to L&D to have a baby instead. It happened to me, except I wasn't new at my job.

    Or baby could just decide to show up early. Or you could start the new job and they realize you're pregnant and work to make you miserable because they feel you weren't honest about your pregnancy when you applied.

    If you are bored and want to make some extra cash, look around your house for things to sell, try doing some surveys online, look over your budget and see where you can cut back. Don't try to start a new job right now.

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  • I agree with @BrooklynBroussard as well. :) A hobby should help!

    Then again, I am also feeling a bit hypocritical typing this, as I AM getting a job in the 3rd tri. I'll take 6 weeks maternity leave then go back to the job. It's only a part-time, but it will be nice knowing I have it to go to and not starting the job search during the time I'm spending with baby. We are buying a house, otherwise I'm sure I wouldn't be getting a job, and only worry about classes.
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  • I say be honest with yourself.  If you really want to work, and you plan on going back into this position after the baby is born and you have had sufficient maternity leave, go for it!  (Unless the position is very seasonal or very casual, it isn't really fair to spend all of the time getting trained to work for a few weeks, then never go back, in my opinion)  Not everyone is destined to be a stay at home person and you can be excited about working, providing for your family AND the baby all at once.  Having a baby doesn't have to be the only thing that defines you or consume all of your energy and frankly, not having to worry as much about money brings a lot of peace of mind to women.  I work in women's health in the mental health field and many women find that working helps to make the time go by.  I encourage my already working moms to stay as long as they feel they physically can because nothing makes you feel like you are sitting at home waiting for a baby, like sitting home waiting for a baby. 
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  • I'd wait until you get into your routine once the baby is here. No one is likely to hire you right now bc of complications in later pregnancy and the fact that you'll be going on maternity leave soon. It just isn't feasible. Try doing some diy projects and see if you can sell those. It can be fun to make things for the baby and a little extra cash never hurt
  • Legally an employer cannot ask you if you're pregnant or if you have children!

    I'm going to be the odd one out here and say if you feel good and want to work, go for it! Perhaps they will be very supportive/understanding. I don't know what type of work it is, but maybe they could use some extra help during the back to school season.

    You know your limits and what you're capable of!
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  • Personally, I feel like if they're willing to hire you knowing you're pregnant, you should go for it.

    Definitely consider what some of the other ladies have mentioned though because it is good advice. Things could change rather quickly. But like the two previous ladies have said, just be up front with them and if they're still interested go for it. My sister started a new job in her third trimester and was able to work all the way up until she went into labor. Two years later she's still at that job.
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  • Legally an employer cannot ask you if you're pregnant or if you have children!

    I'm going to be the odd one out here and say if you feel good and want to work, go for it! Perhaps they will be very supportive/understanding. I don't know what type of work it is, but maybe they could use some extra help during the back to school season.

    You know your limits and what you're capable of!

    I agree! I actually just got a part time job myself. I did disclose to them that I was pregnant (as if it wasn't obvious) and how far along I was. They were very understanding and said that they would work with me. I'll be getting my 6wk vacation and returning to work after. I'm actually really excited. So again you know your limits and what's best for you and your baby. I say go for it if you want.
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  • I don't see anything wrong with getting a job now, but it doesn't seem from what you've said that it is imperative for you two financially for you to have a job. It sounds a bit like you want to because you feel like it would be good to make money, but it doesn't sound like you're in dire straits. Since you aren't financially reliant on this job, it might be nice to have something part time just to stay busy and save some extra money without too much pressure to pull long hours or push yourself past your limits. If you feel like you're ready to do it, do it. You don't know what it'll be like to work at this point, so be ready for anything. There are plenty of women, myself included, who work through the end of pregnancy, but that's a bit different than starting something new! Take it one step at a time.
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  • I think you should go for it.  I don't think a hobby is a suitable replacement for what you seem to be looking for.  While pregnancy is unpredictable, most people are fine, and most people do not have complications.  I don't think you should plan your life around the narrow possibility that you might not be too ill to work when you seem to be feeling fine now.  Pregnancy generally is not legal disability. 

    Your family's financial future will be helped by this, and I strongly believe that women should not limit their career/job choices because they are worried about pleasing other people while they are having children. Do what is right for you. Just like you might feel like you don't want to work after birth, you might equally regret not taking a solid job when you had that option.  If a man were looking for a short-term job before going to surgery/leaving the country/whatever reason, I doubt getting a hobby would be considered an equal substitute.  


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