Hello all! I've been unemployed or underemployed for 2 years now, and have finally managed to earn my single subject math and science credentials after only being credentialed in elementary school. Now I have a real teaching job (7th grade science) this coming school year, but in May I found out we were expecting our first child. I've gone to the interview and signed the contract already. I'm only 13 weeks right now, so I'm not obviously pregnant. Part of me feels guilty for taking a new job knowing that I'm going to need maternity leave, but after 2 years of making less than $800 a month or sometimes even nothing, we desperately need me to take this job. I know employers aren't allowed to discriminate against pregnant women, but I'm afraid this isn't starting out on a good note. My question is how do I break the news to them? Should I wait until the start of school in early September when I'm 5 months and obviously pregnant, or should I tell them now over the summer? I hope they will be understanding. I also feel bad for the kids having to have their teacher leave for 6 weeks. What do you think I should do? I asked on another forum, and all I got was a bunch of criticism about how irresponsible it is to start a new job while 5 months pregnant, but I think it is the responsible thing to do take care of my child and give him or her a good home. Please don't judge me, I get enough of that already.