How To Tell Your Boss You’re Pregnant

Posted on 05. Jan, 2012 by in Doctor's Visits, Pregnancy Education

Unless you work in a fantastic and understanding environment, telling your higher-ups that you’ll be expecting is never easy.

Rumors and notions may start flying around that you won’t be coming back after you have the baby, the question of whom will cover for you while you’re on maternity leave, and will you come back as committed to your job as you were before the baby are all concerns that sometimes run through your boss’ heads.

Here are three ways that can help you get the timing and delivery of the big news to feel more kosher than not.

Come prepared

Before you even attempt to decide on a day and time to spill your big news, do your own research.

Read your company’s maternity leave policy in their handbook and do some online research as well to get to know your state’s laws concerning pregnancy, maternity leave, and pay for when you’re on leave.

Keep a detailed list of your findings and highlight important points that you may want to bring up during the initial tell-all.

Have a plan during pregnancy

The nature of pregnancy itself is unpredictable, so it’s not feasible to assume that all will go according to plan and you won’t have to miss any work, or leave early, or take some time off on your doctors’ orders.

Put a plan into place that you can present to your boss. Think of who can cover on short notice if nausea sets in unexpectantly or you need to schedule a doctor’s visit during lunch.

Luck always favors the prepared, and while it’s almost impossible to know how the next nine months will treat you, it’s better to come with a plan or an idea in mind to make the upcoming months as easy as possible for all parties involved.

12 weeks seems to be the magic time to spill the news

You don’t have to, by any means, wait until you are twelve weeks pregnant to spread your good cheer to your office, but twelve weeks is usually when your risk of early miscarriage tends to decline. About 80% of miscarriages happen in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy.

Some women feel more comfortable waiting until they’re twelve weeks to speak with their boss about their pregnancy.

I can tell you that I waited until I was three months to tell my boss and I felt fine about my decision to wait.

Keep in mind that, depending on your size, you most likely will start showing somewhat at around twelve weeks, so let that timeline gently guide your decision should you wish to break the news a little later than the twelve weeks.

  • Keep your doctor in the loop on everything when it concerns your pregnancy, even when you’re deciding when to tell your job.
  • Working together with your doctor is the easiest way to ensure a healthy pregnancy.


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