I just got an amazing job at my dream school after teaching two years in a very tough school in a very tough area. It's the kind of school that I could see myself staying at for the majority of my teaching career. I'll be teaching lower school science (science to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade) - it's seen as a 'special', like art or gym or technology. The school community is incredibly supportive and welcoming, and very family oriented. My husband and I have wanted to start a family for several years now but have been putting it off until I could secure a job at a better school - which I now have. Now that this has happened, I'm incredibly worried about getting pregnant the first year working there and that it might jeopardize my position. We're hoping to get pregnant this September or October so that I'd be due in June or July. School ends for students the first week of June, so I'd miss the subsequent end of the year meetings (but am hoping I could Skype in); no subs would need to be hired as the students would already be gone. Obviously July would work better, but that would only leave us a 1 month window to try to conceive. I wouldn't qualify for FMLA because I haven't been working there for a year, even though I was hired in May - my official start date isn't until the end of August, so my job technically wouldn't be secure. However, I would have 15 short term disability days and 10 sick days that I could use in June if I needed to. We're very torn about what to do. Obviously I'd be working my heart out and doing the absolute very best teaching I could possibly do, but I'd hate for the school to think that I wasn't putting work first and decide to not renew my contract the following year. We could put it off until next year, but it would be a big disappointment. Has anyone had any experience with this situation? I'd love to hear your thoughts, advice, or suggestions.