Can I call in sick on maternity leave?

There is nothing worse than having a cold or flu while pregnant or nursing. You can’t take any medication because it will pass on to the baby, if pregnant, or will dry up your milk, if nursing.

Now add insult to injury and make it a cold during summer. Aw, crap. And I live in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, the sweaty underboob of region — nice most of the year, but uncomfortably sweaty during the summer. I was able to do one night without the fan, thinking it was exacerbating my sore throat/congestion, but screw that. I turned it on the next night, alongside the humidifier.

This is totally not how I wanted to spend one of my last three weeks of maternity leave.