Tell Work You're Pregnant on Your Own Terms

How to Tell Work You're Pregnant

March 31, 2017

How to Tell Work You're Pregnant

How to Tell Work You're Pregnant
How to Tell Work You're Pregnant

Eager to tell your family and friends about your new family member? Your mom and BFFs are the easy part. Telling work is harder. Because maternity leave. You’re not alone, sister.

Many women feel uncomfortable telling work they’re pregnant.

First get to know your company’s maternity leave policy and the Family Medical Leave Act. Here are the basics: you get 12 weeks off to care for your child if you’ve worked at the same place for more than 12 months and your company has more than 50 employees. Moms, dads, birth, adoption, permanent foster placements, it’s all covered.

Local considerations:

  • If you live in California, you get six weeks off paid!
  • New York new parental leave laws went into effect in January 2018.
  • A few other states have a smattering of laws that allow for paid sick leave or medical leave for pregnancy-related disabilities. Know your rights.

So back to that work convo.

Pro tip: Don’t look at baby stuff on your work computer unless you’re in incognito mode. You will get retargeted ads for that Babyletto crib during a presentation.

When you are ready to announce your big news, be prepared with what you want: six weeks? Six months? A part-time transition period? A crib in your office? If you know what you want and you’re a valuable employee, you’re poised to do this on your own terms. Here’s a good formula for making it all go smoothly:

  • Tell your boss first
  • Work together to tell HR
  • Communicate your specific plans and transition timeline to the rest of the team

Even though your boss might be uncertain about what to do in your absence, hopefully everyone will be excited and happy for you.

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