Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Secret Post #10: Losing My Job

NOTE: This post is part of a series that I wrote in secret during the months before I announced my pregnancy. The series chronicles my pregnancy journey: from weaning off my RA meds, to trying to conceive, to searching for helpful advice and information, to discovering I was pregnant, to the ups and downs of my first trimester. You can read all the posts in this series here.
 
 This Post Written July 12, 2011

Losing my job certainly throws an interesting wrinkle into our plans to start a family. We specifically chose this time period to try to have a baby because we thought both of us had stable jobs to give us a solid start. And now I have no job at all.

I think an ordinary couple might put off trying to get pregnant for a couple of months and focus on figuring out how to pay the bills. But we are not an ordinary couple. We've already come way too far in our journey of getting me off my meds to get my body healthy enough to conceive. We're not even pregnant but we've been preparing for this baby for months and months already. We can't give up now. We have to keep trying and hope for the best.

But it does throw an interesting wrinkle into looking for a new job. Not only do I have to decide whether or not to tell them about my RA, but there's also a possibility that I would need to go on maternity leave very soon after starting. It makes things...complicated.

4 comments:

A said...

We had a friend get pregnant before she started a new job. She told them right before she started-- she was already give months pregnant! Fortunately, no benefit information I've seen counts pregnancy as a "preexisting condition".

Can't wait to read more! You're inspiring me back into the blogging game... soon.

~Mariah~ said...

A: I'd love to see you get back to your blog. ~;o) And as for the job search, I found another book deal where I can work/write from home so that's what I'm sticking with until I get my health/life a little more under control. It isn't helping with the bills, but it is filling a gap in my resume which will have to be close enough for now.

Stephanie said...

EVERYTHING is complicated with RA! :)

~Mariah~ said...

STEPHANIE: True. ~:o)