Women-in-tech Need Pregnancy Leave

Yes, not maternity leave only, pregnancy leave too

Nuha Khaled
4 min readJun 2, 2022


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You must have heard about Maternity leave before, it is simply the paid vacation mothers — and sometimes fathers as well — have after having a new child. This vacation length differs from one country to another, but it is mostly a long leave.

We all know how important maternity leave is, not just for the parents, but for society as well. Yet, I noticed no one takes about pregnancy leave, and here is why I believe we need a pregnancy leave too, it doesn’t have to be fully paid, but the flexibility of having it is a must.

1. Nausea is a nightmare.

I didn’t know how hard is pregnancy until I became pregnant myself. I am a reader, so I used to prepare myself for pregnancy by reading, and I would pass by the symptoms of the first trimester of pregnancy and read “Nausea”, and feel oh cool, maybe I will have some weird feeling or a headache. Yet, when I became pregnant the first time, it was so hard. I was surprised by how hard can nausea be. I was a freelancer by then, and I remember suddenly my working hours were down to 1 or 2 hours a day. I couldn’t attend any meetings as I was going to vomit at any moment. Everything was very disgusting, and my focus was horrible. I was thankful I had a flexible working condition where they accepted how sick I am.

I thought this is only me; I felt guilty for how tired I am, but later on, I discovered that this is how most women feel in their first trimester.

According to NCBI-PMC (US National Library Of Medicine):

Nausea and vomiting are common experiences in pregnancy, affecting 70–80% of all pregnant women. Although most women with nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) have symptoms limited to the first trimester, a small percentage of women have a prolonged course with symptoms extending until delivery.

I heard stories from my friends who worked full time, about how they would leave their office to vomit in the bathroom and return as if nothing happened. How…



Nuha Khaled

Freelance Software Engineer | Unschooling Mother of 3 | Dedicated Muslimah