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One of the most stressful parts about pregnancy, when you are a working mom (to be), is telling the boss that you are pregnant. If you are new with your company, or “on thin ice” in any way, shape or form at work, it might feel like telling your boss that you are pregnant could be the straw that broke the camel’s back, and you might not be met with support. Read on for the best ways to handle the nerve-wracking task of telling your boss that you are expecting! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
When To Tell
This is actually a very delicate topic when to announce to your boss that you are expecting. Most women choose to wait until beyond the first trimester to announce that they are expecting since that is usually past the point for most complications. However, if you are having early complications or issues such as morning sickness, telling your boss and coworkers sooner might mean you have a better support system. Of course, make sure to tell your boss before you get too far along. You don’t want to start showing and have your boss figure it out first!
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Is Your Job Dangerous?
Is your job extremely dangerous or stressful? If you are working in a field that might pose some risk to either you or your unborn child, it is probably best to tell your boss sooner rather than later. If there is exposure to chemicals, etc.. , it might be best for you to switch positions while you are pregnant, and that is something that might be better handled sooner than later.
Tell The Boss First
An important tip to remember! Don’t make the mistake of telling your coworkers before you tell your boss. Workplace gossip spreads like wildfire, and you definitely do not want your boss hearing the news from anyone but you. That will make you look irresponsible for not coming to your boss first. So, tell the boss, and then tell your co-workers.
Before you go in to talk with your boss, have a few plans in place. If you already know what you want to do about maternity leave, go in with that information. Any big projects or travel plans that will coincide with your due date? You might need to start making alternate plans for those as well. If you can go in showing your boss that you can still handle your job while pregnant, the news is likely to be received better. Don’t expect to get princess treatment, however. You are supposed to be showing your boss that you are a professional, remember?