Alright, so I posted something very similar in another thread - but I'm not sure anyone will see what I was asking on top of it, so here it goes fresh....... So, I am planning on starting a family. We are really excited and already started trying for the last couple of weeks. Now, suppose I get a positive result right away or down the road - I need to know how pregnant woman and UPS works together hand in hand - what kind of work I will be allowed to do... I am a PT Pre-loader in NJ - been there for 7 months now. I am just worried about my independent stubborn attitude at work and my upcoming pregnancy - I carry my own weight around the line. A lot of the boxes are very heavy that I move and lift - and upon being pregnant, I will be asking people to help me out with multiple boxes upon multiple boxes which I'm sure that my supervisors will get annoyed with very quickly due to the fact that the heavy boxes might block egresses, pile up etc. My MAIN concern is falling, tripping, falling boxes and the main welfare of me and my growing baby. I have NO problem whatsoever doing whatever tasks UPS asks me to do during my pregnancy as long as they are safe tasks. 1)What can I do at work (weight restrictions, etc) - worried about my baby's safety. - will they let me work if me and my doctor say I need light duty/less or no lifting -can they switch me to a sorter, unload scanner, clerk, taper, pushing carts around and odd and end work? 2) What is FMLA? How does it work? Read UPS handbook PDF online, still very confused! 3) Say I want to leave for 4 - 5 months (or the 6 months I'm seeing around on the web) - do i get paid, who pays me and is my job still there for me when I get back? (I saw someone post that it is illegal and against federal law to fire any woman in any job for being pregnant). If you know of anything else that would help, that would be great... To help you out - I'll let you know, I'm a stubborn girl in her mid twenties, who lifts over 70 lb boxes with ease and refuses most help offered - I am determined on being as perfect as I can load-wise - I always finish up first - help others - I'm looking to basicly still be a UPS employee throughout my pregnancy but without having to pick up anything that weighs more than 20 lbs or so, as I feel it would be a pregnancy risk. I'm one that's willing to do any work around the building to keep my PT hours - even if it's a minimum - and preferably want to go on disability/leave whatever they give you at about 3 or 4 months in - 5 1/2 months at the latest, and take off through rest of my pregnancy and about 1 - 2 months continued after pregnancy for breastfeeding and bonding reasons.... and rest of course. Sorry if my post is either confusing or long or both - and I'm sure most of you who are reading this are men - so I appreciate you reading and your input A LOT. If you are a woman at UPS who is currently pregnant or has been in the past and returned to work, I would be thrilled if you could contact me! THANKS AGAIN! YOU GUYS ARE GREAT! HAVE A GOOD NIGHT! Also, Would you suggest I talk to my union rep/shop stewart when the time arrises? The day I get a positive test result I should be upfront I believe... is this the right way and the right UPS way to go about this? Thanks.