When to tell your boss
Kelly Cardwell, director of human resources for Best Buy Canada in Vancouver, says that many women prefer to wait until about three months, when the pregnancy is more secure. Sometimes, however, earlier is better. If morning sickness is severe, suggests Cardwell, you might want to let your manager know. “Trying to hide your pregnancy when you’re sick every day just adds to your stress,” she explains. Employers are required to allow you time off work for prenatal care appointments if you are not able to book them in off-hours. Discuss your appointment schedule with your supervisor when you meet to share your news.
A version of this article appeared in our Spring/Summer 2013 Pregnancy special edition with the headline "Pregnant on the job," p. 16.