I just started a great new job about six weeks ago in a field that's really hard to find jobs in right now. I just found out I'm pregnant (four weeks) and don't know how to deal with this – it was a complete surprise! I have so many questions and worries but one of the biggest is about health insurance and maternity leave.
The health insurance through my job isn't going to start until September 1 and even then I don't know if maternity benefits start automatically. My husband runs his own small business so he doesn't get employer based insurance. We looked at buying individual insurance but even if you buy a policy with maternity the benefits aren't effective for one year (um too late then!). I also don't know what the company offers in terms of maternity leave. I want to ask the HR person at work about this but I don't know if that means telling my boss about it too. I feel like I'd rather wait until I'm farther along before I tell her.
I'm also worried about how my boss will react. The job is demanding and we work a lot of hours. I didn't mean to get pregnant until after being there for at least a year or two! Is it better to tell her right away? I really only want to tell close family and friends until 12 weeks. Has anyone else had experience with any of this? I need all the advice I can get. Thanks!