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Becoming a Working Mom

Posted January 16, 2014 by Adrienne Asselmeier in Life After Five
Welp, this is it! My last couple of months before I start trying to conceive. Things have been going really well for the last few years and my husband and I finally feel like we’re ready. The only things left are for me to do my next marathon (May 24!) and to upgrade our car to something that is safer (ugh—we have a couple of hoopties). When I think about it that way, I’m calm and excited to move forward.

And then I think about all the questions I have! And I start to freak out! AHHH! But the first rule of everything is don’t freak out. Looking ahead to determine what to plan for and what life will be like during pregnancy and post-baby, I have a long list of questions for how I’m going to successfully juggle being a Career Girl and being a mom.

Here’s my list of questions that I need to answer:

  1. What does my insurance cover for pregnancy visits and labor? How much will it cost? Does a baby automatically get added to my employer-covered medical insurance or do I need to jump through some hoops for that?
  2. How do I find a obgyn that’s covered by my insurance and how soon do I need to do that? I’ll ask my doctor when I see her in February because I have no idea where to start for this!
  3. Speaking of, do we have an insurance rep that I can ask all of these questions instead of wading through paperwork?
  4. How much maternity leave do I get? What are the details of this? If I can only work part-time for any reason, can someone help cover or should we get a temp?
  5. What would be a good schedule for working from home? One of the reasons I made my most recent job transition was that I wanted a flexible environment where I can work from home, so I know that this won’t be a problem. Still I’ll have to meet with my boss when the time gets closer and determine what will work best for all of us. Can I bring my baby to work? Ha, that probably would be less ideal than just working from home, but it’s still a question I have!
  6. Is there somewhere in the office that I can nurse if needed?
  7. If I have complications, what is needed for medical leave?
  8. Who wants to babysit?
  9. Can we buy some decaf? I’ll bring in my own French press.

Can you think of anything else that I haven’t considered, or do you have good advice for how you made the transition into working motherhood? I’d love to hear from you!

About the Author

Adrienne Asselmeier

Adrienne "Dren" Asselmeier is a writer and marketing specialist. Dren has a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and is a blogger, runner, over-achiever, and friend to everyone. She likes to write about science-based health and fitness, small business ownership, and motivational topics.