Here’s Linda’s latest advice on juggling work and parenthood: this week, Linda’s giving her advice on telling your employer that you’re pregnant, and where to go if you feel like you’re being treated differently because of your pregnancy.
Here’s what Linda says in the video if you can’t watch it:
I was apprehensive about saying anything when I got pregnant while at college, and I know this is a reality for a lot of first time mums especially.
But I think if you get pregnant whilst at work, it’s important to approach your employer as soon as possible, just so that you can know what your maternity rights are, and also so that your employer can outline the risks to you and your baby such as lifting heavy boxes and exposure to toxic substances.
[They can also] make sure you get the adequate breaks that you need and look into changing your normal hours or giving you alternative jobs.
I know it can be daunting breaking the news to your employer just because you feel like you might be treated differently, but if you feel like you’re being treated differently in your workplace because you’re pregnant, or you feel like your employer is ignoring your concerns, then speak to your doctor about it, or you could speak to a trade union representative who can give you the right advice about how to deal with this type of situation, but don’t keep quiet – having a baby is not a disease!
More advice on being pregnant at work
- Check your rights at work as a mum or mum-to-be at the EHRC website.
- Find a registered childminder by entering your postcode here.
- Other advice for working parents can also be found on the Citizens Advice Bureau website.
More advice from young mums on work and parenthood
- Young mums have ambition and we are worthy of respect: Laura’s advice for working mums
- 23 things to do and consider before you give birth: Ellie’s tips
- How to save money and budget as a young parent: Alex’s advice