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Telling Your Boss the News

Telling people you're expecting a baby is one of the most delightful -- and most anxiety-provoking -- times of your life. Chances are, you immediately let your family and close friends know the good news. But when it comes to informing your boss, you hesitate.

"When I told my boss, I was so nervous, he couldn't tell if I was happy about it," says Anna Kelleher, an assistant manager for a nonprofit foundation in San Francisco. "He looked at me and said, ëIs this a good thing?'"

No matter how nervous you are, your maternity leave is one matter you must address in a timely, professional way. By preparing for such a discussion, you can cut a good deal with your boss -- and cut out a lot of stress.

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