Mom To Be

United States
January 6, 2008 9:57am CST
I am 25 years old and recently got engaged. Two weeks after getting engaged I found out I was pregnant...I freaked out a little bit because my fiance and I just started new full time jobs and in free time have started our own Personal Training business. I am worried finances while I'm off on maturnity leave are going to be tight due to no maturnity leave though my job. Does anyone know of anything that us pregnant women who are going to be home for at least 2-4 months taking care of the baby can do for extra income? I would greatly appreciate any feedback. Thank you so much!
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@nichole1983 (1187)
• Canada
6 Jan 08
First and foremost congrats to you on your engagement and the new addition you will be making to your household. I don't know where you are from but here in Canada we have a program called Social Assistance. It's not much but at least it's something. We also have some other programs which include: Healthy baby and another one after the baby is born you get a monthly check for having a child. All incomes that help you in raising and caring for your child. If you need any additional information just let me know.
• United States
6 Jan 08
I hear a lot of good things about having a baby in Canada; however moving is not an option right now. Ha, although it would be great! I need to do more research to see if the states offer any such thing...That would be great! Thanks so much!
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• United States
7 Jan 08
Congrats on your engagement and pregnancy! If you're looking for ways to earn money from home why not try those "work from home" jobs where you work from your computer. I can't be any more specific because I forgot certain details but hope that should help put an idea across. I do know that those type of jobs are sales-related.
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• Canada
7 Jan 08
If you need any help on finding out some things. (I sure have a knack about finding out information like this) Just let me know. Send me a message and I'm more than happy to help you.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
6 Jan 08
I'm not sure what you could do other then maybe set yourself up with some babysitting. I know that's how i am getting some extra money here and there. I babysit for a friend when she is at work. She pays me 20-30 dollars a day depending on how long i sit for. . I dont know how EASY that would be with a newborn, lol... I'm not sure waht else to suggest to you other then maybe you could try employment insurance. In canada we get an entire year of maternity leave as long as we've worked 600 hours in the last year, and worked the last 26 weeks before having the baby. I went on mat leave and just never went back to my job.. well i did, but then i quit again a few months later cause i wanted to stay home with the baby. What if you just cut back on some of your expenses ?
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• United States
6 Jan 08
Yeah i dont think here in VA working 600 hour in the last year qualify's me for much. I have been doing research on our States Maternity Benefits but haven't been able to find much. Then I think about when I do want to go back to work; will it really benefit me to do so considering the cost of child/day care? I have a lot more research to do. I guess that is why we are given 9 months huh?
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
6 Jan 08
lol yea, there will be a lot of adjustments you'll have to make, but some of it just works its self out. . and some of it takes a lot of work! And some of it you dont even see it coming before it smacks you in the forehead! Or poops down your arm lol. I know my friend in the states only got 6 weeks of mat leave. I thought that was pretty dumb. I mean you are just starting to get to know your baby, and you gotta go back to work :/ that would suck ;( I'm glad that i decided to stay home with my kid, now i have another one on the way and it for sure wouldn't be worth it for me to go back. I'd make min wage and have to pay more then i'd make for someone else to raise my kids :/Hm i think i'll pass!
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• Canada
8 Jan 08
Congratulations and welcome to mylot! In order to offer suggestions, I would have to know more about your talents and interest. I can't see why you couldn't continue with your business. Newborns eat, sleep and poop. They wake up every 3-4 hours so you would have a bit of time to spend on your business. What kind of job do you do now and can it be done at home? Have you looked into Virtual Assistant jobs? There are quite a few possibilities, you need to keep your eyes open for options!
• United States
13 Jan 08
I currently work 50 minutes away at a company who gives me great benefits as a personal trainer. I LOVE what i do and i'm on my feet from 6am-1:30pm everyday...not bad hours huh?? What are Virtual Assistant jobs?? My job COULD be done at home but I would have to find my own clients and they would have to be willing to drive out to where I live...That might be a little tough..
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@trinihd (996)
• United States
7 Jan 08
Too bad you said moving was not an option, or I would have said move to Finland or something. I think in that country you get three years off to just take care of your baby, and they do give you financial support too. Doesn't that sound like an amazing thing?! Anyway, back to your situation. Are you fast at typing? Maybe you can try one of those work-at-home jobs where you're entering information from websites for money. The faster you work, the more you get paid with that, however, I don't know if the income would be enough to supplement your finances. There are also the survey sites that pay you to take surveys, and again, I don't know what the earning potential is like, but it could be worth researching. I also like the idea of cutting down on your expenses! It's a surefire way to help out your situation, and hopefully will result in less stress for you!
• United States
13 Jan 08
Thank you! I have been looking at other online sites where I could make some money, but are there any out there where we can make more than $5 her and $5 there?? Anything worth while that you know about??
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• Kuwait
7 Jan 08
Well first congratulations! to your baby on the way.. work at home is tight but atleast you can have something that can help in bearing the expenses.. first you already here in mylot which my two friend who just got their new baby is enjoying while taking care of the baby. atleast you something to do after your baby sleep and finish your duty... with extra income...