Congratulations! You’re pregnant! You probably want to tell everyone that you know and everyone you don’t know for that matter. But, you’ve probably heard the “rules” when it comes to announcing your pregnancy. Doctors and others advise to wait to share the news. That’s especially true when it comes to the people you work with. Many women worry about how the big news will affect their careers. There are a lot of factors to consider, including your employer’s maternity leave policy. So when should you tell work you are expecting? Here are some tips:
Wait Until You Start Showing
Many women often take the road of waiting as long as they can to tell their boss they’re pregnant. For a lot of women that is often guided by when they start to show. There are only so many baggy sweaters you can wear. If it’s your first pregnancy, you may be able to wait as long as week 20. Some first-timers don’t start to make it obvious until then. But, everyone is different. When you notice people staring for too long and whispering behind your back, it may be time to spill it.
Wait Until The First Trimester is Over
If you can’t wait until you start showing then when is a good time to tell work you are expecting? Many say after the first trimester. Many women often feel safe about telling the news after this point. There are many developmental milestones your baby will go through during this time. Many women feel that if the pregnancy is progressing smoothly, they can share their good news.
After You’ve Completed a Major Task
Some women worry how they will be perceived once their boss finds out they’re pregnant. If you’ve finished a big project, that may be the time to clue him or her in. If they see you’ve just finished something huge they may be less likely to think your pregnancy will impact your job performance. Although it may sound silly, there are some employers who think pregnancy will hinder productivity.
After You Have a Plan in Place
It’s no secret the United States has a lot of work to do when it comes to maternity leave. If you’re wondering when to tell work you are expecting you may want to wait until you have a plan in place. By a plan, I mean ideas of just how much time you expect to take off as well as how your duties will be covered. This will soften the blow if you’re worried about how your boss will react.
Before Someone Else Does
Nothing is worse than someone beating you to the punch. If that happens your boss may wonder why you didn’t feel comfortable going to him or her in the first place.
The bottom line here is you have to do what’s right for your situation. You need to share your big news when you’re ready…whatever time that is.