Skip to content

    Health & Pregnancy

    Font Size

    Maternity Leave to-Do List

    Preparing for maternity leave is a major undertaking for most moms-to-be. That's true whether you are dropping out of the work force indefinitely or just for a few months. Here's how to make a smoother transition.

    • Check your employer's maternity leave policy. Talk to a human resources staff member if you have any questions.
    • Ask your employer if you can also use sick, vacation, or holiday time.
    • Ask about any effects your leave will have on your health insurance and other benefits.
    • If there is no company-paid maternity leave, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain workers after the birth of a child. Be sure to give 30 days' notice.
    • Let your boss know the best way to reach you during maternity leave.
    • Ask your partner to ask about paternity leave at his or her workplace.
    • Try to clean up as many of your projects as possible. Tying up loose ends will help you feel more organized. Your coworkers will appreciate it, too.
    • Remove any personal belongings from your desk.
    • Create an "out of office" responder for your work e-mail and change your voicemail greeting.
    • Type a "hand-off" document to summarize the status of any pending projects.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH on July 20, 2014

    Pregnancy Week-By-Week Newsletter

    Delivered right to your inbox, get pictures and facts on
    what to expect each week of your pregnancy.

    Today on WebMD

    hand circling date on calendar
    Track your most fertile days.
    woman looking at ultrasound
    Week-by-week pregnancy guide.
    Pretty pregnant woman timing contaction pains
    The signs to watch out for.
    pregnant woman in hospital
    Are there ways to do it naturally?
    slideshow fetal development
    pregnancy first trimester warning signs
    What Causes Bipolar
    Woman trying on dress in store
    pregnant woman
    Woman looking at pregnancy test
    calendar and baby buggy
    dark chocolate squares