Dear Daily Slog,
‘I have just found out that I am pregnant with my second child – whilst on maternity leave for my first. We hadn’t planned on it, but nonetheless we are delighted.
The problem is that I am mortified and worried about telling work. I had recently met with my line manager and asked for a transfer to a different department (less stressful role), which I have just been told I have been granted. My question is should I tell my line manager and new manager of my pregnancy now or wait until I return in January?’
Firstly, and most importantly congratulations!
Secondly, we understand your dilemma. Many of the women that we work with at Mumager are unsure how to break the news to their employer of a subsequent pregnancy, or wonder when is the ‘best time’ to have another baby.
From a legal perspective you have to give your employer at least four weeks written notice of your intention to take maternity leave, so waiting until January would be perfectly okay. However, from what you’ve said it sounds like your employer is supportive, given that they’ve granted your move to a new role.
Remember your employer can’t discriminate against you because you’re pregnant, regardless of the timing.
Looking at the situation from their perspective, they will value the fact that you have been upfront with them sooner rather than later. Knowing that you will be back for a shorter time will help them plan the teams goals and workload.
Plus, from your perspective it will be a weight off your mind as you’ll have had the conversation, rather than worrying about what they might say or do. Remember your employer can’t discriminate against you because you’re pregnant, regardless of the timing.
So, our advice would be to arrange a check-in with your manager and share the news with them in the new few weeks. Explaining that you wanted to give them advance notice, rather than waiting until January, will get the conversation off to a good start.
Then you’ll be free to enjoy the rest of your maternity leave and the excitement of your new baby.
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About the Author
Tracy Gunn, Founder of Mumager, helps Mums transition back to the workplace after a period of maternity leave, and up to nine months after. Tracy specialises in Leadership Development, Personal Effectiveness and Change Management. She delivers workshops to global audiences – working both face to face and virtually. Mumager is supported by a select team of associates who also deliver Mumager workshops to both parents and managers.
For more information see Mumager.ie