(Closed) When Should I Tell My New Boss?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@Miss Grey:  Well, as soon as possible would be nice, since they’ll have to arrange for someone else to cover your desk while on maternity leave, and that means either hiring a temp or asking fellow employees to step in…either way, it’s nice as a manager to have as much time as possible to get everything in line, and I always appreicate being kept in the loop, since I start to get worried about someone if they suddenly have a bunch of doctor appointments…just my worrysome nature I guess.

Post # 4
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I told my work when I was 13 weeks, but I hadn’t just been promoted or anything so I was just waiting for my first major ultrasound to come back clear. I would tell them sometime between now and leaving for the work trip. Congrats on the baby and the promotion! Great news all around.

Post # 5
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - W Hotel Silicon Valley

@Miss Grey:  Congrats on the promotion! I’d definitely tell them soon so they can prepare and if they know before your trip, it’ll help you avoid that awkward “why aren’t you drinking” thing 🙂

Post # 6
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Miss Grey:  

What field are you in?  Sometimes the rules can be different depending on your profession. 

Here is an awesome article on this topic from Corporette, and definitely read the comments – the women who post on that site always have a wide array of opinions.  It’s mostly legal professionals.


Going on a trip soon does throw a wrench in things a bit, though – any way to keep your pregnancy on the DL and drink clever “mocktails”, without having to reveal your news? 

However, if you’re close to people and want to tell them, by all means, go ahead! I’m sure they will be happy and supportive.

And congratulations!! Smile


Post # 7
1720 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Miss Grey:  I missed your announcement, but I just wanted to say CONGRATS!!!!

Post # 8
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Personally, I would wait until I was showing, I would dance, but not drink, and I would just say something like, “Oh I’m taking it easy this time,” or I would get the bartender to put soda and lime into a glass for me. 🙂 I feel like people don’t need to know until they NEED to know, especially at work.

Post # 10
4518 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Miss Grey:  Double congrats!

They can’t take it back. They definitely can’t do that. If they do, you can sue, and they know it. 

I would just tell them whenever you feel comfortable, regardless of the promotion and raise. Now that you’re at the end of the first trimester, it might be a good time, because you don’t want anyone to guess before you’ve revealed it. I told work really early because I wanted to give them plenty of time to set up coverage for me during my leave.

Post # 11
580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I told my boss at like 6 weeks, but I felt that I needed to explain why I needed to leave work a few minutes early (I had mutliple appointments over the span of a few weeks). But where I work is very family-oriented (I’m a teacher) and totally used to women having babies…our school is not that large and every year there are usually always two pregnant women. 

Post # 13
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’d wait a few weeks, until after the trip.  just tell them you’re on a diet or something.  I’d wait until I worked the new job a few weeeks. 


I’ve worked with a few women that waited until they were showing… that might be something you think about.  You also might to let them know that you’re coming back… if you are.  I got a promotion because a woman decided after she got her money and things she called on the afternoon before she was to return after having her baby, that she wasn’t going to be back.  

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