How to Announce Your Pregnancy at Work

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Telling your boss about your pregnancy can be scary. But here are some tried and true tips to make sharing news of your pregnancy go smoothly and without fuss.

Decide When to Tell Your Boss You’re Pregnant

You should have a plan for when you'd like to tell your boss about your pregnancy. This may be at the end of the first trimester if your job isn't altered by your pregnancy, as in you're not working with dangerous chemicals and need to tell sooner.

Tell Your Boss First

Don't fall into the trap of telling other people in the office first. Trust me, the word or hints will spill and you'll be outed when you didn't want to be. It doesn't look very professional when your boss is the last to know. The same goes for morning sickness at work, tell before your symptoms do.

Know How Pregnancy Will Affect Your Job

Try to figure out how your job will be affected by your pregnancy. Will your due date be near a big project deadline? Will you need to alter your travel plans because of your pregnancy? Try to have plans in place before you become pregnant or as soon as you know, even if you haven't told the boss yet.

Be Prepared to Talk About Maternity Leave

Your boss may be concerned about whether or not you're coming back. You may or may not know. If you haven't decided you'll need to figure out a strategic plan for communication.

Have a plan about what you will do to prepare someone to take over your work if needed, while you're on leave. Even if it's not the perfect plan, it's a starting point.

Don't Be Frightened

Many women are frightened about telling the boss. They feel that they will lose their jobs. Losing your job because of pregnancy is considered discrimination and you are protected from this type of action. You can't be fired for being pregnant.

Decide Where to Tell Your Boss

You should also decide where you will tell your boss. Try to talk to your boss when she is not in a rush, not in a bad mood, etc. If you need to make an appointment, do so. If there isn't a quiet, private place where you work, ask to use another office or see if you can grab a cup of coffee or a quick lunch with your boss to have the conversation.

Remember, just as you're nervous about telling the people you work with that you're pregnant, they are worried about their bottom line. What will this pregnancy mean to their business? Will they need to find and train someone else? Will you come back after maternity leave? Do your best to let your boss know that this will be a group effort and that you intend to keep the lines of communications open.

Just remember to be open, honest and non-apologetic. You're pregnant! 

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