Post # 1
I know most places you’re not legally required to tell your boss you are pregnant, but I work in the nuclear industry and there are different requirements for radiation doses you are allowed to take when pregnant. So they obviously strongly suggest that you disclose that information for occupational safety and health reasons.
So I’m not pregnant yet. Or even TTC yet. Probably fall of next year. Everyone always asks how they told their husband/SO that they were pregnant. Just for fun, I want to know how you told your boss that you’d need to take 6-12 weeks off in about 7 months or so. Were you nervous or was it no big deal? I think that’ll be harder for me than telling my SO. haha
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I stepped into my boss’ office one afternoon and told her I was pregnant but not yet ready to tell the rest of the staff. She understood and made some accommodations for me since I was experiencing a lot of morning sickness which was affecting my job performance.
Post # 4
Commenting to follow. I work in a plant as an engineer and there’s only 2 women, me and the other lady and she’s been finished having children some 20 years ago before she started working in my dept. I’m curious to know how and when to do this.
Post # 5
I was SO nervous to tell my boss. I dont know why, but it was definitely the biggest worry I had as far as telling people. She’s not very “kid-friendly” and has made comments before about how she would never want kids and blah blah. So I guess I just thought that meant she hated them and wouldn’t be happy for me. I think I told her when I was around 13 weeks. I could’ve probably waited even longer, but it was at the point where I just wanted to get it over with. It went fine, she was really happy for me and wanted me to know I could count on her if I needed anything. I felt really stupid afterward for being so nervous and turning it into this big thing…
Post # 6
@lina010: I know what you mean. I am an engineer as well. The only female in a group of 50, and my commute is an hour each way with only construction porta-potties between my jobsite and town. Pregnancy may be miserable for me. haha
Post # 7
Do you only get 6-12 weeks maternity leave??
We get 6- 12 months in the UK.
To answer your question though, I haven’t had kids but would just make an appointment with my direct manager and spit it out- probably not until 12 weeks though but I work in a college so don’t need to worry about radiation!
Post # 8
In Canada you get up to a full year off so a lot of women I know (and I’m in HR so I deal with this frequently) can be pretty nervous knowing that they will be giving up their position for a year and telling the company that they will be needing to hire a temp. However, it’s always just easier to tell them straight up and as early as is comfortable to you.
In your case since you will need to tell your boss pretty early on, I would just tell him/her and say you’re not ready to tell everyone else yet.
Post # 9
@Ihavenottold: I only get 6 weeks at 80% of my base pay, up to 8 weeks, but the last two are unpaid. To get the full 12 I would have to file under the “Family Medical Leave Act” and that is with no pay. It just means they can’t fire you if you take a full 12 weeks.
Post # 10
Mine’s a funny story actually. I stayed home from work for three days in a row, and my boss said I had to have a doctor’s note when I came back. (Mind you, this was 14 years ago) So, huffily, I went to the doctor, just knowing that he was going to tell me I had a touch of the flu and to go to bed and sleep it off. Instead, they told me I was pregnant.
After accusing the doctor of lying, and making him run the test twice, I had him write me a note, suggesting that I be allowed to come in late everyday due to my pregnancy. That’s the note I handed to my boss. Who blinked, several times, and then congratulated me, but told me I had to be in on time anyway. I was about 8 weeks then.
The second time, I just told my new boss I was pregnant. Nothing dramatic there. I was only a few weeks along.
Post # 11
I told my boss via the phone. I was working from home at the time and told her due to having to take time off for doct apts.
Post # 12
@Ihavenottold: It’s not even legally required to be paid. It’s messed up. I’m dreading it.
Post # 13
Wow, I didn’t realise how fortunate we are here
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Post # 15
I am 13+ weeks and still have not told work yet. I checked our employee handbook because I wanted to be informed about what my company offers before telling them, but then I was told that the handbook is currently being re-written and a new version will be out in about a week. I am certainly not going to tell them while the “rules” are “up in the air for discussion” so I will be telling them once I have the newest copy!
Post # 16
There was nothing fancy about it when I told my boss. I told her just after our 12 week ultrasound.
In Iceland, mothers get 3 months on 80% pay. Fathers get the same and then we get another 3 months that we can split between us.