How to Hide My Pregnancy From My Boss?

I'm sick and sluggish (and I've been late a few times), but I don't want to tell my boss about my pregnancy yet.
ByThe Bump Editors
Updated
Mar 2017
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It does seem cruel that most women feel their worst during the first 12 weeks, when you’re trying to keep the news (and your nausea) hush-hush. Until you announce the good news (most people wait until 12 weeks just to be certain everything is okay), there’s no milking it for (well-deserved) sympathy. And it’s tough to come up with reasons for why you’re acting so drained. Here are a few excuses you can try out (not to encourage trickery or anything…):

For the sleepies:

  • I’m fighting a nasty cold and just feel completely wiped out.
  • Man, this (yawn) night class I’m taking is really getting to me.
  • This kind of weather makes me so sleepy.
  • This cold medicine really knocks me out.
  • My coffeemaker broke this morning.
  • Or put a book on sleep apnea on your desk.

For the lateness:

  • I had to wait for the cable guy/plumber/electrician.
  • Arg! I locked myself out of the house again!
  • My husband and I are sharing a car while the other one’s in the shop. I apologize that it’s made me late a few times!
  • The traffic’s getting really ridiculous — I’ve got to find a new route to work.
  • I can’t believe I accidentally set my alarm clock for 7 p.m. instead of a.m.!

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