Telling people about your pregnancy

Some women might be very excited and want to tell everyone straightaway about their great news. Others prefer to wait until they have seen their baby on the first scan.

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You might be very excited and want to tell everyone straightaway about your great news. Others tell a few close people and then prefer to wait to tell everyone else until they have seen your baby on the first scan and know that all is well. It’s your decision.

Many women wait until they’re three months pregnant to tell people because after this the risk of having a miscarriage goes down. If you do have a miscarriage, though, you are likely to need the support of close family and friends so you could consider telling just a few people before the end of the first three months.

What about telling my boss I'm pregnant?

You don't have to tell your employer about your pregnancy early on. You don’t actually need to tell them until 15 weeks before the beginning of the week the baby is due – though it is best to talk about it earlier to give them more time to start thinking about your maternity cover. They are also required to give you time off for antenatal appointments so it might be helpful to alllow time to plan for the first few appointments.

You should tell your manager early on in pregnancy, however, if you work in a job that you feel is unsafe in pregnancy. Once you tell your employer about your pregnancy and put it in writing, they need to do a risk assessment of your job to make sure the kind of work you do, the amount you are expected to do and the place you work in are not harmful for you or your baby.

If you are suffering from morning sickness you might also want to let them know so that they can support you if you are feeling nauseous or throwing up.

Read more about working during your pregnancy

Sources

  1. NICE (2014) Clinical Guideline 194, Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg192
  2. Macdonald S, Magill-Cuerden J, Mayes’ midwifery, fourteenth edition, London Balliere Tindall, 2011: 235
  3. Gov.uk [accessed 29/04/2015] Pregnat employee rights https://www.gov.uk/working-when-pregnant-your-rights
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Last reviewed on March 1st, 2015. Next review date March 1st, 2018.

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