Q: When should you tell your work you’re pregnant?
Whether you just started a new job, or have been working in the same place for years, telling a boss you’re expecting can bring a flurry of emotions. The general rule of thumb for most pregnancies is to wait until the second trimester to tell anyone other than close family that you’re expecting. These is usually a good time because you have passed the critical first few weeks and are likely out of the miscarriage zone. If you are having a rough time with morning sickness, you may feel it only fair to share your news with your supervisor. Different jobs carry different levels of responsibility and only you can now the right time. It’s important to remember that not everyone will share your enthusiasm for a newborn. Contact your HR department to become familiar with policies and procedures of pregnancy, doctor’s visits and maternity leave. Irrespective of when you’ve started a position you will be offered many options.
It’s important to remember how your boss may feel when you’re a valued worker, they are probably worried you won’t come back or will miss many days of work.
You may also want to discuss health insurance options with your employer – if you can add your child on to the policy, if you are covered in case of a pregnancy emergency, and so forth. While these things may seem like insignificant issues compared to the morning sickness you’re having, in the long run you’ll be glad you got it out of the way before the new arrival of your baby. You may even find that a huge weight is lifted once you tell your boss that you’re pregnant. You won’t have to pretend you left something in the bathroom every ten to fifteen minutes, and no one will question you when you cry over a bag of chocolate kisses.
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