BALANCING PREGNANCY AND WORK: How to Make the Most of the Next 9 Months on the Job

Nancy W. Hall, Author . Rodale $14.95 (264p) ISBN 978-1-57954-787-5

Covering such subjects as when and how to tell one's employer, finance planning and how to dress for two (the layered look works well for rising body temperatures), Hall (Working Mother ) guides the working mother through pregnancy. The author stresses that knowledge is power, urging mothers-to-be to be cognizant of their rights under the Family Leave Act, which she explains in detail, and not to be intimidated or apologetic. Rather, presenting the employer with a written plan and preparing co-workers for the leave is the "key to a clean getaway." In addition to maternity leave, Hall outlines a number of tips for the remaining time on the job, such as stocking the office with antacids for heartburn and ginger ale for morning sickness. The latter part of the book deals with finding the right caregiver and settling back into the workplace, including such pointers as "Don't make your first day back at work a Monday—it will be the longest working week of your life." Returning to work is an "ongoing" process, Hall cautions; while some mothers may discover that the return is a welcome respite, others will find the separation from their new baby emotionally draining. Filled with practical tips and sage advice, Hall's volume is an indispensable guide, especially useful for first-time working moms. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 11/10/2003
Release date: 02/01/2004
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