When should I tell my employer that I'm pregnant? Early Pregnancy


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It's hard to decide the best time to share your pregnancy news with your boss or coworkers. See what others suggest and decide for yourself.

Weigh the Factors

"I think a lot depends on your relationship with your employer, and how other women in the organization have been treated during a pregnancy. If your employer is very gracious and helpful, then early disclosure is a good thing -- it lets everyone prepare for your birth time and gets folks mobilized around your due date. If your employer is notorious for treating pregnant women poorly, I would hold off until it's obvious you are pregnant." -- Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale University, New Haven, CT

Tell ASAP If It Affects Your Work

"I had to tell my boss as soon as I found out I was pregnant. I work around a lot of really nasty chemicals, so I had to be moved to another area for my pregnancy. So I told him when I was about four weeks along."

Wait, If You Can

"I didn't tell my work I was pregnant until I started to show. It's none of their business until it starts to affect your ability to work, so I wouldn't say anything until you're much further along."

12 Weeks Is a Good Time

"I was scared to death to tell my boss I was pregnant because I hadn't been working there for too long, but I waited until I was 12 weeks. My boss isn't any different towards me since knowing."

Hold Off Until the Second Trimester

"I'd wait until you're 14 to 15 weeks pregnant to tell your employer. It's always best to wait in case (God forbid) you lose the baby."

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