Congratulations! You’re pregnant!
This is both an exciting time and a daunting one. There are so many things to think about, not least what your maternity rights are at work and what do you have to do to ensure you get those rights. But we are here to help make it clear!
First Step: telling your employer
You must tell your employer that you are pregnant at least 15 weeks before the beginning of the week when your baby is due. In other words before you are 25 weeks pregnant. If this isn’t possible, for example because you didn’t realise you were pregnant and you’re now over 25 weeks pregnant, you must tell your employer as soon as possible so that you get all of the benefits and help that you are entitled to.
You should also tell them when you want to start your maternity leave. To find out more on maternity leave, please go to our dedicated page.
In practice, it is a good idea to tell your employer earlier than 25 weeks, because it will let them plan around your maternity leave and carry out their legal obligations to you. This is particularly important if there are any health and safety issues, for example where you work may be dangerous to you or your baby in certain circumstances. Plus you’re not entitled to take paid time off for antenatal appointments until you have told your employer you are pregnant.