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11 weeks pregnant and embarking on a job hunt.
When and how do you approach the ‘Im pregnant’ aspect? Do you tell them during the first interview, second or upon getting hired?

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Super tricky but I think I’d mention it after getting an offer or whenever you discuss start date and benefits etc.

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I mentioned it after I got the offer to discuss maternity leave plan and ensure everyone was comfortable that I’d be out after 7 months on the job. They couldn’t really say ‘no’ at that point, but the fact they were SO supportive made me feel really comfortable starting

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Definitely not before an offer. Employers aren't legally allowed to factor it into their decision, but there's no real way to know why you didn't get a job if you tell them in interviews and they decide not to hire you. Even places that are supportive may find reasons why another candidate is just a much better fit.

I do think before accepting an offer is best because that's when you will have the most leverage. Get a copy of their policy and see if there's room for negotiating better term. Often there's not because they can't apply the policy unfairly, but if you fall outside the policy (ie need to be there for at least a year to qualify for their leave benefits which is very common), you may try to see if they can offer you something in exchange like a pro rated leave, unpaid leave + a signing bonus, etc.

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I discussed it when it’s offer negotiation period. Personally I think it’s more professional and makes it easier to keep things simple and legal for both the company and the candidate to focus on skill and culture matching during the interview.

With that said, some companies do have strict policies for maternity leave. If you are interviewing with public ones, research their policy first (some of them doesn’t offer paid maternity leave before a full year tenure). If it’s going to be an issue for you, start the conversation early to save yourself time.

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Maybe unpopular but I waited until I was 3 weeks into the job and 21 weeks pregnant. I worked so hard through the interviews and didn’t want to risk it. My boss has been SO supportive so it’s gone over well. Good luck with whatever you decide - it’s hard but it shouldn’t be.

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