Congratulations! You're expecting, and you could not be more excited about it. There is baby stuff to buy, names to mull over, and your favorite jeans to elasticate–but there's also that tricky task of telling your boss.
Louise Carling, HR recruitment extraordinaire at Macildowie, shares her top tips for letting your boss know your big news…
1. Consider the risks
Most people tend to wait until after the initial 12 weeks, but if you've got a job with a potential risk to you and your baby's health (perhaps a police officer or working with chemicals) it's wise to speak up as early as possible.
2. Don't be tempted to spill to your colleagues first
It might be the biggest secret you've ever kept, but revealing all to the entire company before your boss gets wind is a big no-no (especially if there's a gossip in the office). Then, as soon as the cat is out of the bag with your boss, you can announce the good news to everyone else via mass email, trumpet fanfare, or whatever means you deign necessary.
3. Be brave
It might feel like you're handing in your notice, but these "Big Conversations" should always be done face-to-face. Schedule an appointment, choose a venue that isn't public (no blurting out your news in the kitchen mid-tea-break), and you, and your boss, will be in a much better position to iron out the details after the news has broken.
4. Have a plan
Of course this depends on what industry you work in, but it's always helpful to have a plan. Your boss will more than likely worry if you're approaching a particularly busy time of year, so have some strategies ready for how the business will carry on as normal in the run up to, and during your maternity leave.
5. Interviews are two-way process
If you're going for an interview when you're pregnant, there's absolutely no obligation to tell your interviewer, but just consider what's easiest for you–now, or when you start? Remember, interviews are two-way processes, so it's worth getting some insight on how "family friendly" the firm is.
6. Don't apologize
Don't be tempted to say sorry–this is a hugely momentous, life-changing event for you, and everyone should be thrilled. Get this difficult conversation out of the way, and you can get on with being excited!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.