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Asked by LinnyBuck

Q: Spilling the Beans at Work

At what point should I tell my boss and co-workers that I'm pregnant? With my first pregnancy I had such severe first trimester symptoms that I thought I'd be fired if I didn't tell them (I was literally falling asleep on my desk - not good in customer service). I have a new job now, and hardly any symptoms. Should I wait until the new year (and new benefits) start or should I tell them right away? I don't want my new boss to feel like I withheld anything, but I also don't want to have to come back with news of an early miscarriage (God forbid). I'm only about 7 weeks pregnant today. Thank you for any advice or tips!

This question was asked Nov. 22, 2016 9:57pm
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Answered by tflorence87 - Dec. 1, 2016 12:49am
I have a pretty good relationship with my boss, but I also have fibroids and bad morning/afternoon sickness so I had to let her know at 6 weeks. But the rest of my co-workers didn't know until week 12, and I was starting to show early anyway due to my large fibroids. It really just depends on you, your job, and how comfortable you are with your colleagues.

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Answered by blondeone12 - Nov. 24, 2016 12:12am
i needed to tell my boss at 6 weeks, because we were planning out the travel schedule for the next year and I needed to tell him the reason I couldn't travel to Mexico. However I asked that it be kept a secret from the rest of the office and told them at 15 weeks. If i didn't need to tell my boss, i would have waited till 12, but it worked out fine.

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Answered by lrivera0927 - Nov. 23, 2016 6:54pm
I told my boss right away. My reason was because in the beginning the doctors wanted to see me every week during my first trimester because I was high risk. I did not want them thinking I was taking time off just because. I did tell my boss to please keep it a secret which she did until I was no longer high risk and was ready to tell people.

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Answered by bradipina - Nov. 23, 2016 10:43am
everyone decides differently i guess. last time i told when i was 8 weeks and then miscarried and it made things worse for me as i had to then share with too many people, did not do me any good. this time i shall wait at least till i am 12 weeks. a friend of mine informs her boss each time she starts a ttc (ivf) cycle though (as she hopes for some special treatment).

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