But perhaps more importantly, many of the most significant pregnancy-related symptoms-like morning sickness, fatigue, even temporary memory loss-are likely to occur during your first trimester. If your co-workers (or particularly your boss) don't have a reason behind what may seem like increasingly odd behavior on your part, they may just assume something a lot more debilitating than pregnancy!
Another point in favor of revealing your news early: If your job involves any factors that could potentially cause harm to you or your baby, the sooner you let your boss know you are pregnant the sooner you can make the necessary changes-and ultimately the better off you and your baby will be.
To properly make your announcement, experts say don't let your news "slip out" as you pass your boss on the way to the water cooler. Instead, request a formal meeting to discuss an important issue-without giving any hints about your pregnancy. Come to the meeting prepared to provide your boss with the following information:
- How long you intend to continue working during your pregnancy
- How much time off you will need after giving birth
- Whether you plan to return to your job full- or part-time
- Suggestions for how your work can be handled in your absence-who might be best suited to take over your duties while you are gone.