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For those teleworking due to COVID, when did you announce your pregnancy at work? I’m worried I’ll be passed over for opportunities.

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So...you wish to continue to work for an employer that withdraws opportunities from pregnant women?

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I announced at 15 weeks and everyone was very supportive. Seems to be the case for most women at D. Haven’t been passed up for any opportunities you just need to plan your project role accordingly.

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My coworker didn’t announce until like 7 months

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No one here can tell you if you will/won’t be passed over for opportunities. I waited til 7 months while working in person. Follow your gut and share when you feel comfortable, however early or late that is.

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I announced in person at 12 weeks pre-COVID. The only issue I had was getting staffed because I had high risk and needed to limit travel. Luckily that’s not a thing now. I would often sneak to my car to nap at lunch in first trimester because I was so wiped out, hopefully being remote offers you flexibility for pregnancy needs. Have worked with 3 teammates over the last year that were pregnant and didn’t seem to have issues.

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I just got hired as a SM and plan on getting pregnant in the upcoming year. We are ready to start a family now, but obviously I don't want to get pregnant right away as a new hire. How long should I wait?

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Pregnant w/ my first here and also happened a month after I got hired. I agree with above. You can’t put these things on hold because of the unknown. Do your part to be helpful and considerate with your employee/team when you get there. Tell only when you are ready but possible for them to strategize a back for you. Good luck!

I told the immediate boss at 12 weeks and the rest of the group at 20-24weeks. No issues.

Somewhere between 6-7 months.

I told them at the 16 week mark when the doctor said I can tell people outside my family. Everyone has been really supportive. The fact of the matter is that you will be taking 6 months off and if client work needs to go on, then they will need to find someone to replace your role. That doesn’t mean you’re fired, just that you’ll need a new role coming back- it was no big deal for me since I was ready for a project change anyways. Also after talking to my coach, I decided that I want to delay promotion for a year. Don’t want to try to network for SM while on maternity leave, nor do I want to worry about meeting sales quotas as a SM after coming back and trying to find a new normal of work and child balance. It’s important to have the chat with your team lead and project manager so you find something that works for everyone, remember your absence can also mean more work for others or needing to shift responsibilities so it’s good to think of how it would feel to be on the other side as well.

This is very helpful, thanks for sharing. What are meeting sales quotas?

I told at 12 weeks. I’m 30 weeks and finding I missed some people (oops) who are just finding out. But now that I’m further along, I’m going back to everyone with detailed plans for transitions and coming back planning. I’m a SM so I have a number of projects And accounts I’m on that I have to transition to others. I haven’t been stopped from any opportunities I wanted since I told people. I’ve been very supported.

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30 weeks, the HR deadline for my employer.

I told them in second trimester just for transparency since offices and travel is starting to open up. Around 14 wks

I plan to tell them at 12 weeks. I told at 11 in person because leadership was pitching an extension tied to me. Still got promoted and had no issues. I’m lowkey hoping announcing will support my case to not get extended on this horrible client .. 🙃

I'm up for promo too and very early in pregnancy. I'll probably delay until 6 months just in case there's an impact. I'm going for partner so it's v sensitive

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