Post # 1
When did/will you tell your students you were/are pregnant?
I am just past 12 weeks pregnant and i’m not sure when I should tell my students I am pregnant. I teach 9th grade math and I have the same group of students all year long, so this definitely affects them. Last friday I had some bleeding and had to leave school in the middle of the day to go get an ultrasound to check to make sure baby was okay. Everything was fine and I was back to school today. However, now I have restrictions on what I can lift and how much I can stand which will have to change my teaching style a bit. My students had lots of questions. Some teachers told them I was sick and others told them I had a family emergency. I just told them today that I had something personal I needed to deal with and then moved on.
I feel like I am starting to show a bit already. I am only 12 weeks, but I am 5 ft tall and already had some pudge that I feel is being pushed out. I have lost weight since getting pregnant, but I realized today that my pants wouldn’t button. I feel like I could wait a month or two before I am too noticeable, but I definitely am looking different already.
Any advice on when to let my students know I am pregnant? Should I send a letter home to parents to let them know there will be a long term sub towards the end of the year?
Post # 3
I never officially told my students, but a lot of them can tell and have started asking me, so I guess the cat is out of the bag. I’m not sure if I will send a letter home to parents, I hadn’t really thought if it yet. or probably won’t do it until it is closer, and I can give the, the sub’s information.
Post # 4
I’m 38 weeks pregnant and told my students at around 16 weeks or so. I teach high school English and they were so excited for me! There were a lot of questions in the beginning… and a lot now at the end. But, we played a fun “guessing” game around the time when my husband and I found out the gender and the kiddos got to vote whether they thought boy or girl. For the record, most thought boy — but we’re having a girl! It was fun for them and they felt involved. 🙂
Post # 5
I teach grade two french Immersion. I’m very early right now… only 4-5 weeks along, but this is fun to think about 🙂 I’m thinking I’ll tell my students a few weeks after I tell everyone else. It will give me something to look forward to.. they’ll be so excited!
Post # 6
I am currently 19 weeks pregnant but when we started this school year I was about 16 weeks. I told my students on the first day of class. We talked about it that first day, I also told them I would let them know when I found out the gender. I also made it clear, that while I was excited to be pregnant, we had more importnat things to do during the class period. I wanted to get it out of the way because I knew if the students heard it through a rumor, it would turn into a major distraction during class. This does not stop them from popping in at lunch or after school to talk about it, but that is fine with me.
I felt it was more important for my principal to know what was going on. If anyone could tell that my teaching style has changed because of my pregnancy, it would be him (he has been my principal for 3 years). He can tell I am tired and sitting for a reason. he is the one who makes sure I have what I need to make it through the day.
Post # 7
I teach elementary so I just sent a letter home in a sealed envelope to each parent so they could tell their student if they chose to. That way if it brought up any questions they Could be answered up front at home. But that really applies more to elementary school.
Post # 8
@MrsMath: Not entirely related. My 11th grade pre-Calculus teacher didn’t tell us officially that his wife was pregnant, though some knew and he’d share information on her progress if asked. I just remember coming into class and everyone had a note on their desks saying that his wife had had a miscarriage and as such he may need to leave the room or take a call, etc. It outlined the work we’d be doing that day and he basically left us to our work, answered questions when we had any on the assignment, but it was a quiet day. Whenever something happened that would change the structure of the class, he kept us informed, otherwise I don’t think he would have said anything.
Post # 9
I told my students when I was 12 weeks along. I thought it was better to tell them myself than to have a few perceptive ones notice a bump and start rumours about it (I teach high-school). I don’t think you need to send a letter home to parents, but as you get closer to your due-date you should talk to your class about who’s going to finish the year in your place.
Post # 10
I teach gifted education, so I have a range from 1st grade through 8th grade. When I started the school year, I was 19 weeks along. I waited for the kids to ask me. The only group that I didn’t was my 5th graders. I taught 4th grade last year, so I had a lot of these kids in my class. We played a getting to know you game called Two Truths and a Lie. I had them do all of theirs, and I did mine at the end. They were extremely excited…although I don’t think it’s hit them that I will be out :-). I have some parents who know (especially since some of them are also co-workers, and I told my co-workers a few weeks ago). With the nature of my job, I will probably put a blurb in the newsletter or send out a letter when I know who my sub will be and I have a few more details.
Post # 11
When I taught Kindergarten I told once I was showing and students noticed I was bigger, around 20 weeks? It was earlier when I had the twins, more like 14-16 weeks.
This pregnancy my own kids are in 1st and 3rd grade and go to the school where I teach. Once DH and I tell our families, our kids will know and they will probably tell everyone they see. They’ve been anxiously awaiting a new sibling. I’m only 4.4 weeks now so I’ve got time to figure it out.