Types of Jobs for Pregnant Women

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If you're having a normal pregnancy, you can probably continue working until your due date. However, that doesn't mean it will be easy. You'll likely begin to notice that everyday activities require more energy than ever before. In fact, as your pregnancy progresses, you can have this feeling of being run-down for periods of time.

Do you feel uneasy looking for a job while pregnant? The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which was instituted in 1978, says employers can't deny a woman a job simply because she is pregnant. So don't let pregnancy stop you from looking around for something new.

If your high-risk pregnancy is preventing you from doing your job, but you need a paycheck, you have options. There are several jobs for pregnant women out there that can allow you to make money and still get the rest you need. Even expecting moms with normal pregnancies might appreciate an occasional work-from-home day to get a break from the commute.

If your doctor suggested that you engage in restricted activity, then working from home is your best option. There are many jobs that can either be launched from home or offer telecommuting. If you've been put on bed rest, but hold a job that can be completed remotely, ask your employer if you can work from home until your maternity leave begins. (In some cases, bed rest could warrant early maternity pay. Check with your employer on this issue.) Make sure to clear any arrangement with your physician.

Work from home jobs for pregnant women are plentiful in the United States. Here are a few to help you start your job search.  All you'll need is a computer and the will to work from home!  Use one of these 10 companies to search for one of these work from home jobs:

Freelance Writer

Are you creative and able to write well?  Can you hit deadlines and express excellent written communication?  Then a freelance writer may be what you are looking for.  These types of jobs may ask for writing examples, so a good place to start preparing for this career is to write a blog post and publish it either on your own blog or perhaps on LinkedIn so it'll be part of your profile.  Most employers will pay per article and/or page views.

Virtual Assistant

Being organized and getting the little things done is something every business person needs, especially entrepreneurs.  If they hire a virtual assistant, it frees their time to create and sell their products.  For this type of role, you'll need excellent Microsoft Office skills, quick email management, and a stock of online tools to keep schedules straight and a way to transfer files (Google Calendar and Drive are great examples).  Some assistants are paid per task while other are paid per hour.

Data Processing

So much written data needs to be processed into a system in order for businesses to function.  This type of role requires extremely good organizational skills and the ability to stay focused while doing repetitive tasks.  You are given source data, for example, paper files or audio clips, and are asked to transcribe and enter into a database for easy data retrieval.

Online Community Manager or Social Media Manager

This role is about building, managing and guiding an online community which could reside on a business website or social media channels.  This would entail creating content for users to talk about, managing conversations, so they veer in the right direction encouraging conversation to help build the company brand or cause.  It also means making sure users follow the rules and treat each other kindly.  As a mother-to-be, you could start strengthening your parenting skills in this kind of role!

Corporate Recruiter

Do you have an HR background and a good judge of character? Then consider becoming a recruiter! You'll be responsible for crafting job descriptions, conduct phone and prescreen interviews, develop a pool of qualified candidates, and coordinate final interview schedule. This involves excellent written and verbal communication skills and a hunger to find the right fit for your organization. No heavy lifting required, but you will be responsible for keeping the culture intact. 

These types of jobs are great because there is no heavy lifting, you get plenty of rest, the hours may be flexible so you can fit in some exercise breaks, and you are not on your feet all day.  Plus when the baby comes, it may be easier to transition into your new working mom role when you have work flexibility!