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Tips On Telling Your Boss - Part I

Sharing the news you are pregnant is usually an exciting event. Unfortunately, too many women fear sharing this news with their employer.  While friends and family may rejoice in your news, your boss may simply view your pregnancy as one more inconvenience and hardship in the workplace.

While you shouldn’t have to worry about your employer’s reaction, there may be ways to make sharing the news easier.  This is the first in a series of Belly Scoops that will provide you with a variety of tips on telling your boss you are pregnant.

Tip #1: Timing Matters

There is no magic time (i.e. 8 weeks, 12 weeks, etc.) to tell your boss you are pregnant, but there are several variables to consider

For instance, if your pregnancy is impacting your ability to perform your job, you should tell your employer sooner.  Explaining your pregnancy may make any performance issues more understandable.  It may also force your employer to accommodate your pregnancy. 

On the other hand, if your pregnancy is not impacting your job performance, it may be advisable to wait until after you receive any upcoming performance reviews, promotion considerations, or bonuses.  This will ensure that any decisions are not affected by your decision to have a baby.

You also want to talk to your boss when they aren’t rushed or having an unusually stressful day.  The news might shock or surprise them at first and you want to make it as easy for them as possible. 

For additional tips and help telling your boss you’re pregnant, or if you need guidance regarding your rights at work, visit or call Attorney Sarah B. Schlehr directly at (310) 492-5757.

This Belly Scoop has been sponsored by Ms. Pregnancy Lawyer, Sarah B. Schlehr!


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