Funny how people have been pitying my pregnant friend. A perfectly normal, healthy pregnancy and she gets so much more leniency at work, concern from people, time off, and offers of assistance... When I was ill with a chronic illness, I was in pain and struggling every single day and everyone acted like I was a big whiner.
Ooh don't get me started about
pregnancy versus chronic illness.... I am on a temporary contract. I took some (part time) sick leave because of my UC flares and my contract still finishes on the same date. But if I would have got pregnant, in addition to 6 months paid maternity leave, I would get a 6 month extension on my contract.
Additionally, when applying for future funding (i work in science) most grants have eligibility criteria that you must be less than a certain number of years after graduation. You can get an extension on the eligibility if you have taken a sick leave of at least 1 year (which I haven't). But if you have a child you get a 1 year extension per child that you have - whether you are male or female.
Maybe we just don't lobby enough for our rights? (Because we are too busy running to the toilet?)