There’s never a right time to let your work know you’re pregnant, but there may be a better time for you. It varies for everyone and can depend on several factors such as what kind of job you do, how you’re feeling, how pregnant you look and how open-minded your company is (or isn’t).
The main thing to remember is, no matter how you decide to spill the beans, make sure your boss is the first to know – even if you really trust a co-worker, a slip of the tongue could land you in some highly awkward situations.
There are certain tell-tale signs that might have people questioning, such as your bump popping (suddenly it’s there!) and 24 toilet breaks before lunch – weeing for two I see?
As with anything, it’s better to be forthcoming than to have people finding out before you’ve decided to tell them.
At e-Careers, we work with employers directly and are pretty well-versed in knowing what they expect.
In a post-pandemic world, you may feel safer working from home. Working remotely doesn’t affect the day-to-day role and won’t affect how you approach situations like this. Just make sure you have good connection for a video meeting, and lead with positivity.
Your workplace are likely to be thrilled to be seeing you through this journey in your life.
Unfortunately, some workplaces haven’t yet evolved to the standards we, as women, require them to be at. It’s sometimes helpful to know you are not alone and there are online resources available for this exact topic. Here’s a few handy hints to help ease the nerves:
It’s good to know that your rights as an employee increase after 2 years at a workplace. If you feel you are being pushed out your job because you’re pregnant but you’ve been there for less than 2 years, speak to your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
Regardless of where your employer sits, you want to make sure that you are adhering to the legal side of giving notice etc.
As an expecting mama, you’re entitled to:
You must tell your employer you are pregnant at least 15 weeks before the baby is due or if you cannot do this, they must be told as soon as possible. You won’t be able to get paid time off for antenatal care until you’ve informed your employer of your pregnancy.
While blogs like this are informative (and a great way to pass time while in a doctor’s waiting room), it’s always best to check the government’s advice on their site. You can find government information about pregnancy rights here.