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Real moms dish on the straightforward, funny, and sometimes accidental ways they shared their big news at work.

Sometimes, the big reveal is unavoidable:
 
"My boss was there when I got the call from the doctor." 
–Christina Hacker Daley, Dayton, Ohio

"I left work a couple of hours early one day to go to a doctor's appointment, and I had to bring in a doctor's note the next day. When they saw it was from my OB, I told them." 
–Meaghan Hughes, Hillsboro, Missouri

"I was so sick some days, there was no hiding it." 
–Barbie Bagley, Agawam, Massachusetts

"I told my boss at six weeks because I worked as a vet tech and had to take X-rays of the animals. My boss knew before my family!" 
–Deanna Campbell, Moscow, Idaho

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Sometimes, a straightforward approach is the way to go:
 
"I walked into my boss's office three months before I was due and said, 'We need to talk about maternity leave!'" 
–Amanda Jones, Selma, California

"I waited until I was 20 weeks along and said, 'Just to let you know, I'm pregnant. I'm due in January, and I plan to work up until then.'" 
–Jess Lavoie, El Paso, Texas

"I found out I was pregnant the day after I got hired and told my boss on my first day of work." 
–Meghan Scott, Anderson, South Carolina

"I called my boss and said, 'I'm in the emergency room. They're putting me on bed rest.'" 
–Heather Byrd, Mechanicsville, Virgina

"I worked in a daycare and, when I was three months along, I told my boss, 'You're going to have a new enrollment in a few months.'" 
–Connie Quinones, Justice, Illinois

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Sometimes your boss discovers the news, or even predicts it:
 
"I interviewed for a nanny position when I was five months pregnant. They asked me if I ever planned on having kids. I answered, 'Yes, in about four months!'" 
–London Nicole Martinez, Osceola, Indiana

"My boss noticed that I had been gaining weight and asked if I was pregnant." 
–Sarah Leiberick, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

"I thought I had the flu and my boss thought I was pregnant. She sent me home with a pregnancy test and, when I came in the next day, she was waiting for the exciting news." 
–Stacey L. McBride, Redmond, Oregon

"My boss told a few of my coworkers that I was pregnant with a little girl when I was about three weeks along! I didn't even know yet! He thinks he's psychic." 
–Monique Renee, Woodbury, New Jersey

"My boss saw me carrying a box of doughnuts and a container of ice cream to the break room and she knew." 
–Leslie Swanigan-Woodward, Bronx, New York

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Sometimes, props come in handy:
 
"I called my boss into the bathroom at work and showed her my pee stick!" 
–Karla Ruiz, Pittsburg, California

"I waited until I was three months along, then brought cupcakes with baby decorations on them into work." 
–Jennifer Phillips, Estero, Florida

"At the time, my mom was my boss. I bought her a bib that said, 'What Happens At Grandma's, Stays At Grandma's!'" 
–Toni Lardizabal Keltner, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

"I slid the sonogram across the desk and said, 'Guess what!'" 
–Katie Schlake, Roanoke, Virginia

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Sometimes, the word just gets out:
 
"I was in a car accident when I was seven weeks along. The next day the story was in the newspaper and everyone at work found out." 
–Melissa Cole, Hagerstown, Maryland

"My coworkers beat me to it!" 
–Jennifer Warner, Wheatland, Missouri

"My boss found out from Facebook." 
–Traci Pawley, Reno, Nevada

"My boss overheard me tell a coworker." 
–Shannon Donovan-Roszkowski, Bayonne, New Jersey


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This article first appeared on Parents.com.

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