(Closed) Should I let my new boss know that I am pregnant

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
11324 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I would wait until you’re 12 weeks at LEAST. You have no obligation to tell them, and even though they technically can’t fire you for being pregnant– a lot of companies unfortunately work around that by finding some stupid reason to fire you. 

Post # 4
15001 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m not pregnant yet, but I don’t plan on telling my boss until it’s physically obvious.

Post # 5
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I agree, you should wait.  Where I live, you can be fired with no notice and without cause  in the probationary period, which is the first three months of employment.  Don’t know what your laws are, but I wouldn’t tell them until you’re off probation.  You don’t have to tell them what type of doctor you’re going to see or why.

Post # 6
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@catracha:  It’s not your boss’ business. It is NEVER a good idea to disclose a pregnancy unless you work with materials which could be harmful to the development of the fetus(es). It is not your boss’ business, and you may be discriminated against. When you start to show, they will figure it out. you don’t have to lie about anything, but you don’t need to disclose the status of your uterus, either.

Post # 10
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’d also wait, until at least 12 weeks.

Post # 11
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I would wait until at least 12 weeks. Also, look at your company policies. There may be some benefits (such as paid maternity leave) you might be able to qualify for after you’ve been there 60-90 days or whatever (it depends on your company). Look at all the paid time off policies.


Also, do you have health insurance? If you did at your old job you can still continue it via COBRA. If you didn’t have health insurance at your old job your pregnancy may/may not qualify as a “pre-existing condition” and may not be covered under your new company’s insurance. If that is the case, it will be important for you not to ignore the COBRA letter you should receive in the mail. You need to read,read, read and speak to HR about health insurance options (don’t tell them you’re pregnant yet) if you haven’t already.

edit: Will you be full time after April? Honestly, I would wait until I am full time before saying anything. Maternity/paid time off and insurance are usually not available if you are not full time and/or until after your first 60-90 days. The company (believe it or not) might not want to lose money by hiring you not to mention they are already “working with you” on your schedule. I know that’s awful and it’s 2013 but I once did HR and unfortunately that’s how it works at many companies.

Post # 12
1009 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@catracha:  I would at the very least, wait until the probationary period is over (provided its over 3 months). Then it’s at your discretion. You cannot be fired for being pregnant, so if you do decide to inform your boss, make sure you document that info.

If anyone suddenly treats you differently, or disciplines you for any sort of action, document that too. Not saying they will do that, but some companies trump up bogus reasons to let someone go for hidden reasons that are typically considered illegal.

Post # 14
2080 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@catracha:  I would wait until you are farther along before I told them if I did tell them. You don’t have to tell them anything. All you need to tell them is you have a doctor’s appointment. You don’t have to tell them what it’s for. If they do happen to question you, you can just tell them it’s for your annual physical.

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