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Pregnant woman The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008 (ADAAA) expanded the definition of “disability” to more easily include pregnant employees with pregnancy-related conditions. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many individuals to modify their daily actions and behaviors. For both employers and employees, this included adapting to new working conditions and modes of health care delivery. Having been pregnant during the pandemic provided valuable insight which hopefully will be useful for employers who have or may have pregnant employees during this crisis.

As change is not always easy, this “new normal” created many obstacles and feelings of uncertainty. The extra stress and anxiety created further complications for pregnant employees as they were forced to navigate their work, life and health care needs with the unknowns of COVID-19. As a result, being pregnant during a pandemic presented unique challenges for employees and employers.

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