I’m nearly 20 weeks pregnant, I’m working currently but as I do casual/sessional work and (unknown to me!) was already a few weeks pregnant when I started in this job, I won’t be entitled to any maternity leave or pay. I’m hoping to work as long as I can into the pregnancy (due 30th April and not too sure what’s realistic!?) but will have to give notice before the birth which is a shame as I really like the job.
Fortunately my husband has a good job and is very supportive and he says we can just cope on his salary for now as I won’t be working to start with when baby is here, but this feels weird as in the past I’ve always worked and been financially independent. We won’t have that much money and I’m not sure if he realises how expensive babies are! Also I worry about the extra pressure it will put on him, and/or if anything happened meaning he couldnt work. Also I’m concerned I won’t be paying national insurance or into my pension scheme when I stop work. I’ve been wondering about maternity allowance but don’t really understand it. Are you not allowed to work at all if you’re on MA? I can occasionally get sessional work here and there and don’t want to not be able to pick things like that up if they come along.
Any advice would be really appreciated as I’m starting to get quite worried now ... Thanks