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Starting new job & maternity leave

I recently accepted a new job right after I found out I was pregnant for the first time after trying once.  I lost the baby at 6 weeks.  When I was pregnant I knew I would figure time off out, but now that I miscarried I am trying to decide if it is best to wait to TTC again to get paid leave and FMLA.  I have read online that trying soon after miscarriage may better my chances.  Has anyone waited to paid maternity leave benefits to TTC?  I don't want to hurt my chances of getting pregnant again - it would be about 4 months after miscarriage to be at my new job a year. My heart wants to try again right away, but my brain says to wait for financial, time with baby, and be prepared for unexpected time off needs.  

Re: Starting new job & maternity leave

  • Yes, plenty of people do. Or they save up ahead of time so it's not as big of a financial hit. Or they negotiate to try to get the benefits anyway if they are pregnant when they get an offer. 

    You're just going to have to decide what's best for your situation. 
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