Most employers have a benefit called maternityleave. This is where any woman that is expecting a baby can take a few weeks off of work without worrying about losing their job. The average time for this leave is six weeks and as long as you return back to work when you are suppose to you have a job. It is advised that you wait as close to your delivery date as possible because you only have a few weeks. In the United States most employers will not pay you for this time, but it is still good to have the option of having time off.
If you feel that the amount of time allowed for maternityleave will not be long enough for you, then you should look into other options. Most all companies have vacation time, medical leaves and disability leaves which will give you added time. It is good to check into these options just in case something unexpected happens and simply because six weeks is not a lot of time to have a baby and adjust to all the changes your family will be going through. Other benefits of maternityleaves include having a chance to relax and not have so much stress to deal with during this exciting but stressful time in your life.
You have to realize that babies wake up all through the night and need to be fed and changed. It's really hard to go to work and function correctly when you haven't slept in days and it will be awhile before you can get the sleeping arrangements under control. You will also need time for your body to heal after delivering a baby. It takes different lengths of time for different women to recover, depending on their overall health and how well the delivery went. It's hard to determine how long this will take in advance so having a back-up plan just in case you need more time is a good idea.
Maternityleave also has advantages for the employers as well. It allows them to cut back on employee turnover. Instead of women leaving permanently when they are starting a family they only leave for a few weeks and then they return to their previous position. This means that they can also cut down on their training expenses because employees will be staying longer and continuing their services. If you are planning on having children in your future, check to see what type of maternityleave your company has to offer. The more you know in advance the easier it will be for you to prepare for this exciting time in your life.