When to announce your pregnancy
Traditionally, a woman would have waited until after a successful first trimester to begin making announcements about her pregnancy to anyone. It is after the first trimester that miscarriage rates drop dramatically. It may be necessary to make an announcement sooner if you begin to show early or your condition has physical bearings on your ability to complete your job responsibilities. Regardless of the timing, it may be prudent to time your announcement to coincide with successes on the job. After completing an important project or successfully delivering a presentation, your announcement will be accompanied by proof that you can still perform on the job and meet great successes with a pregnant belly.
How to announce your pregnancy
In my coworkers case, it was not when she announced her pregnancy, but how she went about doing it. It is very important to approach your boss in a professional manner and with a positive attitude to avoid discirimination and resentment of you or your condition.
- Make an appointment with your boss to share your news and to discuss your ability to work during pregnancy, your plans for maternity leave, and your plans to return to work.
- After your meeting, put your plans in writing and email the summary to your boss. This step confirms any plans you discussed with your boss on paper that can be tracked and saved via email.
- Be flexible throughout your pregnancy. If your pregnancy prevents you from completing certain responsibilities, offer to take on a new, temporary role. As your due date approaches, train others to carry on the tasks you are currently working on. And as you prepare to return to work, keep in close communication with your boss and coworkers to time your return appropriately.