(Closed) When would you tell your boss you are pregnant?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
46402 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

When I can’t keep it a secret any longer or if morning sickness etc is creatng an attendance problem.

Post # 4
2638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

I agree that I would say something when it became obvious in some way or probably around the 5-or-6-months-to-go mark. I work in a very small office and there’s no one to do my job when I’m not here so my maternity leave is going to require a LOT of planning and work in advance.

Post # 5
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@julies1949:  I was just going to agree and say, “When I started showing…”  

I’d wait at least the first three months.

Post # 6
3830 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

After 3or 4 months. This would give them 6 months to decide if they need to hire a replacement, train replacement etc. 

Post # 7
4275 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It depends on a number of factors.

How supportive your work enviroment is and how comfortable you are with your boss.

If your job consists of hazardous materials or other dangers that may pose a risk to your pregnancy. (My job does so I told my boss as soon as I found out)

If you are having really bad nausea and if  you have a co-worker you can confide in to cover you for your many trips to the bathroom.

If you will be comfortable with the fact that you may miscarry and then have to maybe explain the fact to the people you work with.


Post # 9
2137 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My companys pretty small 4 workers including myself, i tld my boss when i was 4m.

Post # 10
1330 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My office is small as well n ive been there for 7+ yrs…everyone there is really close-knit so i couldnt contain myself…lol i found out on a friday n told them the following monday. I ended up finding out i was only like 5 wks along. It was risky but I dont regret telling them that early.

Post # 11
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I am close with my boss, and told her at 5 weeks, as I was out a lot for sickness and doc appts.  She hasn’t told anyone, so I don’t regret it.  

Post # 12
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I told my boss when I was 12 weeks. That’s when it was public to everyone so she was bound to find out, so I told her first and then coworkers.

Also I wanted to tell because (at least here) it’s illegal to fire a pregnant woman unless the company can prove it’s not because of the pregnancy.

Post # 13
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Unless there were issues requiring me to be away from work a lot in the early months (where I would need to explain my absence to a boss) or I worked with things that could be hazardous to a pregnancy, I would wait until I was starting to show probably.

Post # 14
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am very close to my manager, so I told her immediately. This worked for me because she had to give me the ok for doctor’s appointments & such, so she had to be “in the know”. However, not all people are close to their boss & if I wasn’t I would wait until at least the second trimester unless I was unusually sick where my work productivity was being affected.

Post # 15
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

As soon as I find out, I am a biologist and work around different chemicals and other factors that may be harmful to my baby!

Post # 16
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I will probably tell my supervisor and department head before 12 weeks..but I will swear them both to secrecy! Everyone in my department is SO nosy, and I really don’t want to be inundated with baby talk lol! But, I’m just TTC at this point, maybe when I get my BFP I’ll feel differently 🙂

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