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June 16, 2011

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I have to respectfully disagree with your advice and say I believe this decision should be made on a case by case basis. I am 24 weeks pregnant and found out the week before I started my new job so I told them immediately. This was my personal choice but I did not want my employer thinking I planned this or was trying to take advantage of my new job in any way. Your advice sounds like you've had a bad experience in the past, and if that's true, it's certainly unfortunate. But not all employers look down on pregnant employees so I think you need to gauge your employer and your relationship with your supervisor. Had I waited until the second trimester to tell my employer that I was pregnant, I am certain they would not have received the news as well. So in my case it worked out great but I realize it may not have for others. This should be a decision made based on your personal situation at work.

Advising people to stay alert to signs of discrimination sounds like you're looking for trouble. Again, it sounds as if you had a bad experience at one point. Not all employers are evil and certainly those that discriminate should be punished but it seems like you're coming from a place of assuming discrimination is going to happen.

@christine: Thanks so much for your detailed feedback, it's much appreciated. I didn't have a bad experience myself, but I've heard a lot of horror stories. It is definitely a decision that should be made on an individual basis, but I think it's often to be better safe than sorry. Best of luck with your new little one!

I think this is a big issue, not only with rresevists, but with active duty spouses too for the same reasons. Employers don't want to invest time in training spouses when they probably will be leaving in the next 2-4 years. This is a perfect example of why portable careers are so important.

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