How to Tell Your Boss You're Pregnant

Tips and advice on how to share your pregnancy news with your boss. Plus, real moms dish on the straightforward, funny, and sometimes accidental ways they shared their big news at work.


Congratulations. You're expecting. Although you want to shout the news from the rooftops, first you have to decide how and when to tell a very important person, your boss. First, it's important that your boss finds out directly from you and not second-hand, so before you make the big announcement on social media. Consider whether you're friends with coworkers who might spill the beans prematurely. Second, consider timing. If symptoms like morning sickness are affecting your job, it may be wise to tell your boss early on. Most women wait until after the first trimester because the chance of miscarriage drops significantly. You usually hide your pregnancy with baggy clothes until 14 to 20 weeks. Third, before you break the news, research your companies benefits and maternity leave, so you know your rights regarding paid maternity leave and disability insurance. Can you tack on accrued vacation or sick time onto your leave? Visit To see a breakdown of maternity laws by state. When the big moment arrives be prepared with ideas on how to transition your responsibilities before going on maternity leave. This shows committment to your job and respect for the head honcho. And don't commit To such things as your last working date, or the day you'll return. Things may change based on your physical or other needs, so these dates can and should be flexible. [MUSIC]

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