When to Say, ‘I’m Pregnant!’

A modern day guide to announcing your pregnancy: Part II

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“I don’t think I could have made a worse job of announcing my pregnancy. I was so caught up in the excitement I went straight to Facebook and posted the news. My mom was devastated that she hadn’t been the first to know, my best friend was hurt that I hadn’t called her, and don’t get me started on my mother-in-law’s reaction!” — Andrea M.

Although we know you’re probably bursting with excitement, it’s important to consider the best time to announce your news for you and your family. Once you’ve let the cat out of the bag by announcing your pregnancy there’s no way of taking it back.

Going early

Of course, the great thing about telling friends an d family your news as soon as possible is that they get to share in the excitement and be a part of your pregnancy journey. The other advantage is that you won’t have to fake or hide anything, especially if you’re suffering from severe morning sickness. You can pass on drinks at parties without looking like a party pooper, and your boss will understand why you’re spending so much time in the loo!

One important reason why some newly pregnant women tell people early is so that, if something does go wrong, they have a support network they can rely on.

Waiting until after the first trimester

Many women choose to wait until after the magic 12-week mark , because, after the first trimester, the chance of miscarriage drops dramatically. Should something go wrong, you won’t need to tell everyone you’ve shared the news with – an extremely difficult task when you’re already at a low point. And don’t worry if you feel that waiting to announce your news gives you less time to celebrate with loved ones. Rest assured, by the time your baby finally arrives, you’ll feel like you’ve been pregnant for a loooong time!

Waiting for the second trimester

Some soon-to-be moms wait until well into the second trimester to share the news.

Last-minute announcements

Although it’s not common, some expectant moms wait as long as possible before sharing the news of their pregnancy, for personal o r professional reasons. However, it can be hard to hide a third trimester pregnancy, so if you choose this route, expect some slightly awkward conversations.

It’s all about you

Ultimately, deciding when and how to tell people yo u’re pregnant, and working out who should know first, is your choice. You need to feel comfortable about any decisions wh en it comes to you and your baby. At Tinybeans we believe you should go with what feels right for you, and not feel pressured by others.

Who did you decide to share your pregnancy news with first? Was there a big difference between telling that person and other people? Please comment below.

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