Pregnancy - Temporary Disability Benefits for Pregnancy Related Disabilities
If you are pregnant, eligibility for temporary disability benefits is determined in the same manner as for any other disabling condition. When you have stopped working and your doctor certifies that you are disabled, apply for disability benefits.
For a normal pregnancy, benefits are usually payable for 4 weeks before the expected delivery date and 6 weeks after the actual delivery date (8 weeks if you delivered by Cesarean section). A doctor may certify that you are disabled for a longer period if:
- You experience specific complications related to pregnancy.
- You have another simultaneous disability.
- You are physically unable to do your regular job.
Do not file your claim before your doctor says that you are disabled and unable to work.
Do not file your claim until you have actually stopped working.
Your claim may be denied if you file before you become disabled or before you stop working.