Balancing Pregnancy and Work: How to Make the Most of the Next 9 Months ion the Job

Balancing Pregnancy and Work: How to Make the Most of the Next 9 Months ion the Job

by Nancy Hall




Pregnancy. It's an amazing time of possibility, expectation, and wonder. It's also a time of morning sickness, mood swings, and exhaustion. And when a woman works throughout her pregnancy, all of these private experiences and emotions are on very public display.

If you're currently trying to juggle growing a baby with growing your career, Balancing Pregnancy and Work is the indispensable guide you'll need to make the most of the next 9 months. Packed with realistic tips and personal stories from women who have been in your elastic-waist pants, it covers everything from breaking the news to your coworkers to avoiding workplace hazards, from planning your leave to planning your return as a working mom.


* Your legal rights under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act

* When and how to break the news to your boss

* Budget worksheets to help you evaluate the financial impact of your family-leave options

* A primer on managing pregnancy symptoms on the job, including tips on easing back pain, heartburn, constipation, and morning sickness

* A 10-point strategy for planning a smooth leave that minimizes disruption for your coworkers and allows you uninterrupted time with your newborn

* Practical tips for dressing in style— without breaking the bank

* Targeted advice for finding the best child care options

* Strategies for smoothing the transition back to the workplace

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579547875
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 02/07/2004
Edition description: REV
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Nancy W. Hall is a media consultant for the Yale University Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy. The author of six books, she has been a regular contributor to magazines such as Child, Parenting, and Working Mother. Nancy is also a frequent commentator for National Public Radio's All Things Considered. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Great Beginnings1
Chapter 2Your Pregnancy, Your Job, Your Rights21
Chapter 3Breaking the News49
Chapter 4A Field Guide to Office Faux Pas--Theirs and Yours71
Chapter 5Pregnancy Symptoms on the Job87
Chapter 6Workplace Stresses and Hazards During Pregnancy111
Chapter 7Dressing for Two133
Chapter 8Breaking Away: Planning Your Leave153
Chapter 9The Challenge of Child Care169
Chapter 10The Comeback Kid201
Chapter 11The Balancing Act227
Appendix AGeneral Information on Pregnancy and Working235
Appendix BFamily and Medical Leave Resources236
Appendix CBudget Worksheets239
Appendix DPregnancy Symptoms241
Appendix EMama Style243
Appendix FChild Care Resources245
Appendix GBreastfeeding and Work246
Appendix HAlternative Work Options and Work/Life Issues247
Appendix IResources for Fathers250

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