Job interviewing while pregnant?

Filed under: Your Pregnancy, Work Life, Mommy Wars

Much like many other people, I interviewed for a job in 2004. Actually, I interviewed for a couple of jobs. But, here's the kicker: I was eight and nine months, respectively, pregnant when I did so.

In fact, for the second interview, I was 35.5 weeks pregnant, basically, I was "ready to pop." The picture along with this post was taken one week before my final interview! It was quite funny to see these interviewers sit there, trying not to say anything about the Elephant in the Room. I could have lied and told them I was hiding a rounded briefcase under that maternity shirt, but I told the truth: I was knocked up. With child. Had a bun in the oven. Pregnant.

Needless to say, I didn't get the job. (For the second one, I honestly do not feel it was because of my pregnancy but because of, ahem, some other factors.) I did find myself, especially since I had never had a baby and had no idea what it was like to recover from childbirth (boy, was I in for a surprise!), saying things such as "I can be at work three weeks after having the baby!"

Okaaaay. I wasn't even walking normally three weeks later.

I know I'm not alone in applying for jobs while pregnant. It is such a touchy issue. In fact, according to one article, pregnancy discrimination lawsuits have jumped 23 percent since 1997.

Potential employers aren't supposed to ask if you are pregnant or plan on becoming so and the potential employee doesn't have to point out that she is, in fact, with child. But, what do you do? Say there are two candidates applying for a job. They are equal in every way, except one is pregnant. Who do you think will get it?

What should a woman do if she finds herself in this situation? It is already quite nerve-wracking to apply for a job, but to apply while pregnant is doubly so.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.