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6 Helpful Tips to Tell Your Boss: You are Pregnant

I remember a few years ago, I scheduled an appointment with my director. My intent was to inform her I was pregnant. My mindset was I wanted to be transparent and have a plan ready for my Maternity Leave. My Personal Choice was to wait until I was in my 2nd trimester. Sitting down in her office; we shared small talk.

Then the time came:

“So….I’m Pregnant”

My director immediately jumped up from her chair, broke into a huge smile. Engulfed me in the BIGGEST Hug; saying


I exhaled a breath, I didn’t know I was holding. My director made this moment special. I knew in that moment: working while pregnant would be fine.

Unfortunately , not everyone has this experience.

Therefore I have created: 

6 Helpful Tips for Telling Your Boss :  You are Pregnant

My hope is your experience is peaceful, easy, and supportive.

(1)  When to Tell Your Boss

It is your  choice when you decided to tell your leadership team you are pregnant. A lot of women wait until the second trimester. However, it is a personal choice and whenever you decide is the right time. I would advise you  not   to wait until your are 40 weeks and having labor pains 🙂

(3)  Speak with Human Resources(HR)

It is important that you speak with your Human Resource Department (HR) to know how much time you are eligible to have off  for your Maternity Leave.  If you are not understanding what HR is saying: ask questions and take notes.  It is a lot of information to process.  Also,be mindful of paperwork that will need to be completed and deadlines to turn in that paperwork.   Take time to review The Family  Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Read more about FMLA here:

(3) Tell Your Leadership before you tell  your Colleagues

Your co-workers may be your best friends. However, out of respect and professionalism- it is important your boss knows first.

(4) Schedule an Appointment with your Boss  


I recommend you schedule an appointment with your boss. The last thing you want to do is meet with your leadership team while they are rushing and do not have time to listen or be engaged in the conversation.


“HEY, I’M PREGNANT!” and run off.  


Also, do not e-mail or write a note. Make the appointment face to face.  You  always want to be courteous, respectful and professional.

(5) Have a Plan

When you meet with your Boss, be prepared with a plan. You want your plan to include how you will continue to work during pregnancy, train your replacement, and when you plan on starting Maternity Leave. Also, have an idea and be sure to express your plan to return to work when you have completed your Maternity Leave.


Things happen and rarely go according to plan. However, if you have a plan in place it will help with the transition. Especially if you have to start Maternity Leave earlier than anticipated.

(6) Breathe

This is a happy time in your life. Do not feel pressure, scared or intimidated. You are entitled to a Maternity Leave.

Pregnancy, especially with your first baby comes with more than growing a human. Everything can seem overwhelming.  There are a lot of factors to consider: work, home, family to name a few.  Deciding on when and how to tell your  Boss can add to that stress.


  1. Be Professional

  2. Have a Plan

  3. Be Happy

  4. Follow the 6 Tips above

This will help you tell your Boss, You are Pregnant and keep you stress free, happy and calm during your pregnancy.

Have you told your Boss you are pregnant? Do you have any stories or ideas you want to share with other moms and moms to be?

Comment Below…..


Healthy Mom/Healthy Baby

Written by: Mary Echols,RN,BSN, MSN

Wife/Mother/Nurse/ ” Champion of All Pregnant Women”

Be sure to contact me with questions, thoughts, concerns. I would love to connect and get to know you better.

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