Searching for work-from-home jobs for a pregnant woman may seem like a daunting task on top of everything on your plate, but there are indeed plenty of opportunities.
To help you find them, we’ve put together this list of work-from-home jobs for women who are pregnant (or who plan to become pregnant).
This guide will help you understand the various opportunities available to women who want to balance caring for a child with a part-time or full-time career. It is possible to do both!
8 Great Work-From-Home Jobs for Pregnant Women
For this article, we’re focusing only on at-home jobs. Companies that offer traditional employment each have their own maternity leave policies and benefits packages, so whether a particular job is compatible with pregnancy and motherhood depends on the organization you work for — not the specific type of work you do.
Here’s an article that highlights some of the companies with the best maternal leave benefits and family-friends work environments.
The options listed below include freelancing opportunities, entrepreneurship and part-time work. So in most cases, they don’t provide health insurance, paid leave or other benefits. But they do give you a great deal of flexibility, allowing you to care for yourself and your baby as your pregnancy requires.
In other words, they’re great if you need to take frequent (or sporadic) breaks, have many doctors visits, or just need to set a schedule that’s outside of the typical 9-5 hours demanded by traditional employment.
It might take nine months on average to carry a child to term, but it doesn’t take very long at all to get started as a bookkeeper. In fact, there’s little certification required. And you don’t have to be a math whiz; you just need to be comfortable enough with numbers to balance a company’s books so they can keep track of their income and expenses (and pay the appropriate taxes).
Bookkeeping works especially well for soon-to-be mothers because it allows you the flexibility of working as much or as little as you want. Many smaller companies can only afford to hire a bookkeeper part-time, so you can work mornings and be off by lunchtime to relax the afternoon away. Or, if you’re not much of a morning person, you could sleep in and get your work done after the morning hustle and bustle has eased.
If you’re well-versed in the art of language (and all those pesky grammar rules that go with it), consider working as an editor and/or proofreader. Getting started is easy, the pay is good and demand has never been higher (thanks to the recent explosion in internet content and ebooks).
Proofreading focuses mainly on grammar and mechanics, while editing splits itself into a number of specialties, each addressing a specific niche within the industry.
For example, a copyeditor revises the structure of text, re-writing sentences, moving pieces around and doing whatever else is necessary to make the piece the best it can be. On the other hand, a developmental editor focuses more on helping an author improve flow, plot, setting, style and the other more artistic elements of a story.
Most editors and proofreaders set their own hours and pick their own clients. So if you’re looking to work a bit more one day and ease into work the next, both of these jobs support that.
Fiverr is a freelancing platform that’s ideal for new editors and proofreaders who are looking to break into the industry, as it offers many clients seeking freelancers to complete small, one-off projects — contracts that are easier to win when you have little or not experience.
Check out this Fiverr beginner’s guide to learn more about how to make money on the platform.
While it is possible to create and sell handmade items on a site like Etsy, turning that into a job that brings in more than a little bit of extra income requires entrepreneurial drive, serious dedication, and often a capital investment (if you need to buy materials).
If you have a creative streak, starting a freelance graphic design business is easier, costs less, and is usually more scalable.
In fact, because of the high demand and wide range of potential projects — from logos to t-shirts to full websites, just to name a few — it’s potentially one of the most lucrative options on this list.
To get started, all you need to know is how to create visually-pleasing designs and where you should point your creativity.
Many companies are innovating the customer service process by hiring at-home customer service reps, who help answer questions about products and services, inquiries regarding orders or any number of other customer service needs.
All that’s required is a high-speed internet connection, a good headset, a can-do attitude and solid oral communication skills.
Customer service jobs are great for those entering motherhood because they allow you the freedom you need to be a mom. While you may be more pinned down to a schedule than you would be with some of the other jobs we’ve mentioned so far, these blocks can be as small as a few hours.
Plus, knowing how to stay cool under pressure will definitely come in handy when your little tyke starts running around.
It’s hard to do anything these days without visiting a social media platform. But if you’re a soon-to-be mom who enjoys scrolling through Facebook posts and Instagram videos, there’s a way you can turn that time into money.
Any smart company these days knows that nearly everyone is on one or more social media platforms. That said, advertising budgets — and corresponding marketing positions — aim to take advantage of that social presence to put themselves in front of the public eye.
A social media manager is someone who expertly navigates these platforms to increase web traffic, convert clicks/likes to sales, and consistently represent a company via any or all social media.
It might sound like a full-time job but really there is flexibility built into this position. It depends on how much a company is invested in utilizing social media platforms. This gives you a chance to either seek out something full-time or just try social media managing as a side hustle.
Plus, social media platforms have evolved beyond posting instantly, so you can plan what you want to post and then simply upload it when the time comes.
Just like most of these jobs for expecting moms, you can easily transfer your social media managing skills from one company to the next. Experience with various platforms, plug-ins, and search engine optimization (SEO) should ensure you a job practically anywhere.
The ability to type quickly is much sought after these days. A knack for swiftly turning speech into written text is also in high demand. Transcribing spans a variety of fields, from legal proceedings to medical charting.
One of the best things about transcribing is that you can do it pretty much any time of the day. You can set your own schedule, but you can also pick which sort of topics you’ll be transcribing about.
Investment to become a transcriber consists mainly of obtaining a foot pedal (to start and stop the recording) and some quality headphones — and those investments can easily be paid off within your first paycheck as a transcriber.
Beyond requiring little to no certification or training, transcribing can also stay with you after your child is born. As your baby gets older, you can be right there with them. You won’t have to pay for child care since you can be at home. This is an especially great career for moms that are invested in spending as much time as possible with their child in those first few precious years.
Putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) can be an integral part of motherhood. After all, you might journal about your pregnancy, your hopes for your child once they’re born, or any other thoughts and feelings that strike you throughout the life-changing process. If you’re skilled at storytelling, becoming a freelance writer could very well support your new lifestyle.
Establishing a freelancer status allows you to set your own hours, choose the topics you write about and pick the clients you want to work with. Plus, the form of writing you produce can differ as well (such as copywriting or technical writing, for example). You could also script YouTube videos or short films. Advertising copy is something a marketing writer would tackle, but if you prefer writing in-depth informational pieces, writing white papers is just up your alley.
As an expecting mother, you’re likely to experience many moments when you’d love to have a personal assistant at your side. Raising a child and welcoming a new life into the world rivals little, but there are times when you do need a bit of a break. Wouldn’t it be nice to have another set of helping hands?
Similarly, virtual assistants help other people accomplish their daily tasks. Assistants might call clients to set up meetings, follow up on emails, or connect in some other way. Other virtual assistants might manage a CEO’s blog. Many companies also overlap their social media outreach into a virtual assistant position, so you can use the same skills as a Social Media Manager to create potential leads via Facebook and Instagram.
Expecting mothers may enjoy the virtual assistant position because it allows a certain sense of spontaneity to enter into the equation. What task might you need to accomplish today? Plus, virtual assistants typically make a lot of connections in their line of work, which could serve you well even if you decide to move onto another career. Again, you can also typically set your own hours — or at least be up-front with your employer regarding your preferred schedule.
Stay-at-home moms can be work-from-home moms, even if that journey of motherhood is just beginning. We hope you’ve found the list above to be helpful in expanding your horizons because it is possible to handle income and a pregnancy at the same time.
That said, there are also opportunities available in the workforce that allow you to work a typical job and still enjoy pregnancy benefits. Many employers include excellent maternity benefits and some states even mandate certain benefits that aren’t required on a federal level.
Research your state’s laws and remember — working for a short period before your child is born and then taking advantage of those benefits is exactly why they were established. Give yourself and your baby every opportunity you both deserve.