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Don’t... do what I did: burst into tears and wail “I can’t stop throw­ing up!” (My boss was great, but

it wasn’t my most grace­ful mo­ment.) If I ever have to do it again, I will prac­tise my speech be­fore

hand—wing­ing such an emo­tional con­ver­sa­tion is a dan­ger­ous move.

Do... tell your man­ager you’re preg­nant be­fore ru­mours start to spread around the of­fice. “Think strate­gic­ally about who you need to tell and what mes­sage you want to con­vey, like your com­mit­ment to their pro­ject,” says Reva Seth, an exec

utive coach and au­thor of The Mom Shift. “Don’t ex­pect peo­ple to be happy, re­gard­less of your re­la­tion­ship with them. Odds are that their re­ac­tion has noth­ing to do with you, and cer­tainly not with your baby, but is about their own con­cerns with their de­liv­er­ables or work­load.” Con­sid­er­ing

that there were 385,937 live births reg­is­tered in Canada in 2014, you can imag­ine how many hor­mone-fu­elled con­ver­sa­tions like this are hap­pen­ing across the coun­try

ev­ery day.

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