Being pregnant in the workplace under normal circumstances can be challenging, but telling coworkers about your surrogacy can also be stressful. It is not easy to hide your growing belly. While conversations involving your pregnancy may seem overwhelming, you can decide when and how to explain your situation.
You will want to explain your situation to your boss so they can prepare for any time you may need off for doctor visits and the baby’s birth. If your coworkers are unfamiliar with the surrogacy process, take this opportunity to educate others on the benefits and process of the incredible and thoughtful journey you are embarking on.
Having the positive support of your fellow coworkers is never a bad thing and can make going to work less stressful. You will not have to worry about making excuses during your absences for things like the beforementioned doctor’s visits, the birth, and during your recovery.
If you are not close to your coworkers and don’t feel comfortable sharing the news with them right away, that is absolutely ok too! You have plenty of time to tell them when you think the time is right. Deciding when and how to tell your coworkers is a personal decision and should be done on your own timeline. As a reminder, you are not required to tell your boss the reason you are missing work for medically related absences.
Many surrogate mothers wait until a positive pregnancy test or even until the end of the first trimester to make any kind of announcement. Open communication is not the most comfortable option for everyone; however, it is the easiest way to ensure a stress-free work environment that allows your coworkers the opportunity to ask questions and grasp an understanding of your important surrogacy journey. And having less stress is always a win when you are pregnant.
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