Starting a new job and Pregnant – Please tell me I'm not alone!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
3009 posts
Sugar bee

@OfficeBride:  wow! This is a lot at once. My concern would be maternity leave. FMLA only kicks in after you have been somewhere for a year (just learned that on the Today show this morning as they discussed how dismal our country’s policies are). That means if you take time there is not guarantee they will hold your job. Just a thought. 

Post # 4
1563 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@OfficeBride: First, congratulations on the pregnancy and the twins! 🙂

I started a new job at 14 weeks and yes, it was pretty stressful but I must say that I have been incredibly happy with my decision and my new workplace is an infinitely better environment than my last. I hope that you do get the new position.

Also, you don’t have to tell them until you are ready. I interviewed/was offered the job just before I had my NT scan and I had not told anyone but my DH about the pregnancy. I didn’t feel comfortable telling the new employer until I had the NT scan and had told my parents at least! So I told them on the day that I started and it went really well. I say this because at 7weeks it is so early and you may not feel ready to tell.


Post # 5
2184 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I almost did this– twice. The first time, the situation was similar– when I first interviewed, I didn’t know I was pregnant. I found out the day before my second interview. Then  got the offer, but the salary was too low. So I kept looking– Long story short, I ended up interviewing at 6 months pregnant… I waddled into the second interview, but before they offered, my current boss gave me a raise I couldn’t refuse, so I withdrew my candidacy. 

All that said… it’s super for early in your pregnancy and you have plenty of time to “prove yourself” in your new position. That was the primary reason I withdrew… I had almost no time to adapt to my new job before needing leave. You can totally do it! 

If I were you, though, I’d wait until 13 weeks to tell them about the pregnancy (congrats!!). No one will fault you for that. 

Good luck!

Post # 6
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Congratulations and I hope everything works out.

I’m actually in the same boat as you. I got the interview when I was 5 or 6 weeks and I decided to tell them in the interview so they would fully well now my condition should they offer a job and they did! I’m set to start on Monday working as an RN at a busy hospital. That means I will be taking care of 5-6 or even 7 patients at one time and mostly on my feet for 12 hour shifts. Oh, and did I mention it’s night shift? Yikes! I’m a little worried too because I’ve been so tired lately, I don’t know how I’m going to make it. But I’m excited to start and as tiring as it will be, I know I’m going to love it. Anyway, I wish you the best!

Post # 7
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I was given the news that I was going to be laid off at 11 weeks – just about the time I was going to tell my boss that I was pregnant… so I kept that news to myself! I was then offered a new job within my same dept (incl promotion and raise) about 2 weeks later. 

The day after I signed my acceptance letter I told my old boss and my new boss that I was pregnant… i told them: alls fair in love and layoffs!

My new job is tough, but I love it and I’m so excited that I got this opportunity – even though it came at a slightly inopportune time 🙂


Post # 8
1104 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I started a new job at 18 weeks pregnant. I didn’t tell them until I had been working there for all of 4 days. I’m 29 weeks now and everything seems ok so far.

Post # 9
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’m 6wk4d right now and started my new job two weeks ago six days after I got my BFP lol. Doesn’t help that we are moving this weekend, I’m a full time student and experiencing all the raging symptoms right now.

you are definitely not alone, they say it will get easier, we will see. My new job requires I stay on my feet eight hours at a time with no break, timing was terrible 

Post # 10
2114 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I”m looking for a new job as a nurse and I am not planning on telling new employers. I’ve alreayd had a few interviews and yeah, that’s not something I would mention and I”m 7 weeks. I am a bit nervous that if I do get a job in october how I would explain the two appointments I have back to back the 17 and 18th….but hopefully they woulnd’t be too inqusitive about it and would understand. I kinda feel like what’s going on in my loins is no one’s business until well into 2nd trimester as far as work is concerned. 

Post # 10
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

bumping to read along

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