(Closed) How did you tell your coworkers you were pregnant? and when?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I just told one key person and let them do the work.  🙂  My office was such a gossip mill, it only took a day before everyone knew!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I work with a small group, so for the ones that didn’t figure it out on their own (due to me being sick, my selective eating, etc), I showed them the picture of our pup in his “big brother” t-shirt.

Honestly, if I worked for a much larger group, I’d probably just tell a few close coworkers and let it spread. I know some people use candy bars (like a babyruth with the ruth covered with your last name) to announce, so you could give those out to people.

My company is around 10-12 in office. Everyone knew by 9 weeks, but I was also extremely sick and missed quite a bit of work. I had to tell the boss at 6 weeks due to all the problems.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@loveknows:  I would think it would be pretty awkward to go desk to desk, so I would just tell a few select gossips and let them tell the world… 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

In a large office, I would tell 2 or 3 people and let it spread.  Unless you have a really informal workplace, I wouldn’t do anything too cutesy.  My office is really conservative, so if I passed out candy bars or pictures of my pets (as cute and fun as those ideas are!) I don’t think people would have a high opinion of my professionalism and dedication to the job going forward.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I didn’t tell my coworkers until I was showing, which was close to 20 weeks! It was to the point where you really couldn’t tell if I was just getting fat or pregnant, so the rumor mill had started.  One of my coworkers was voted as the chump that got to ask me, which then I did confirm that I was pregnant.  It was rather funny because I wanted to see how long I could go without telling everyone (heck, we didn’t even tell our families until I was around 14 weeks along).  Everyone was shocked to hear how far I was!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I told my managers and then a few colleagues I am close to. Then I just let the word spread. I don’t think people would be amused if I did a big annoucment or even care if I told everyone including those I don’t have personal conversations with.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

congrats!!!

please dont go desk to desk. i had a coworker do that to me once at a company of about 75 people. i knew nothing about this woman except that she existed and apparently was preggo… it was realllllly awkward after i said my congrats and she continued to stand there. i was out of material after “when are you due?” and “will you find out the gender?”

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

In our office of 60 people or so.  Usually the mother to be sends out an email confirming she is pregnant.  That way everyone knows and you don’t get the 5,000 questions and the people who really care come talk to you and the rest delete the email. 

Every place is different though.  (we also do the same things for engagements or changing jobs).

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I waited until I was going to start getting crazy looks from people (18 weeks). I just told my supervisor, he told his supervisor and the owner of the company and eventually word spread. I don’t think you need to tell every single person, just those who it will effect (team members or a manager), people are horrible at keeping something like that a secret so word will spread in no time.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t have any personal experience, but my coworker didn’t tell us (her teammates) until she was 20 weeks. We were pretty surprised. Then after that, she just told people as she felt like it. If people didn’t know, then she was cool with it. She really didn’t stress about letting people know. Maybe she thought we would tell people?

There were some people who were totally gobsmacked after she went on maternity leave – although I think they’re a bit clueless anyway as they’d all been invited to her baby shower!

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