Finding out you're pregnant can be a magical moment for many women, especially if they had been trying to conceive for a while. It may feel scary and overwhelming at first, but once the total realization sets in that they are going to be a mom, excitement may start to take over the fear.
Finding the perfect moment to announce a pregnancy can oftentimes be a bit challenging since some moms want to announce their pregnancy from the rooftops immediately after getting that first positive pregnancy test result. But others want to wait until they are further along. If you're struggling with when to tell people about the pregnancy, continue reading. We're going over 5 reasons to share the pregnancy early and 5 reasons why waiting may be a good idea.
10 Early: The Excitement!
When you first find out that you are pregnant, especially if you have been trying to conceive for a while, you may be filled with so much excitement that you want to announce your pregnancy to everyone you know. When you are this excited, it may be hard to keep the good news to yourself. In this case, holding it in may feel like torture.
So, with all the joy that you have, you should perhaps announce your pregnancy to your friends, family, and anyone who will listen. Being happy can be a good thing. The excitement alone may be a good reason to share your pregnancy early on.
9 Wait: Risk Of Miscarriage
Miscarriages can be devastating for new parents. As many as 50 percent of pregnancies end in a miscarriage and it usually happens before the 14th-week of pregnancy or roughly within the first three months. After the 14th week, the risk of having a miscarriage drastically decreases.
Because of these statistics, many soon-to-be moms wait to tell people they are pregnant until they are in the “safe zone”, as many people call it. Having to explain the loss of a pregnancy can be challenging and mentally painful for many expectant parents.
8 Early: It Explains The Symptoms
Morning sickness is usually one of the first signs of pregnancy that people notice. More than 50 percent of pregnant women will experience this. There are other early signs of pregnancy that may be noticeable to other people, such as the soon-to-be mom’s superhuman sense of smell and nausea.
But the morning sickness is definitely the first thing people notice and may start to question if the woman is pregnant. Because others notice these signs and symptoms it may be a good idea to let them know your good news!
7 Wait: Unsolicited Parenting Advice
When people find out you are pregnant, whether they are parents themselves or not, you will most likely be overwhelmed with unsolicited parenting advice. Especially if this is going to be your first child.
Everyone may think they know what’s best for you and your baby. But just because someone is offering advice does not mean that you have to take it. This alone could be a good enough reason to wait to tell others that you are pregnant. You won’t get bombarded with everyone’s advice right away.
6 Early: Some Women Start To Show Very Early
One good reason to tell people early is that some soon-to-be moms will actually start showing before their 12th week of pregnancy. This is more common in women who have previously had children. The more pregnancies you have, the earlier you may start to show due to abdominal muscles already being stretched out from previous pregnancies.
If you have had children before, and you think you may be one of the lucky women who start to show early on, perhaps telling people that you are pregnant may be a good thing so that once you develop your adorable baby bump people will already know why your tummy is getting bigger.
5 Wait: To Keep The Special Moments Between You and Your Partner
Some people like to wait to tell others they are pregnant because they want to keep this special moment between them and their partner. If you feel like this is something special to savor with the love of your life, that is completely fine. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Savor it while you can, because once you pass the “safe mark” of 14 weeks and begin to start showing anywhere between 12 and 16 weeks, the entire world will know. Typically, the further along you are the harder it will be to hide your pregnancy. Celebs try to hide their pregnancies all the time, like Kylie Jenner, for instance. We all knew she was pregnant and were just waiting for the confirmation!
4 Early: If Fertility Treatments Were Used
A good reason to tell people early and celebrate would be if you used any type of fertility treatments and you shared with others that you were receiving them. The excitement of finding out you are pregnant after receiving treatments is overwhelming and you may want to share the good news immediately with the ones who knew you were having trouble conceiving.
Fertility treatments can be draining, and knowing that you don’t have to go through them anymore can be extremely relieving and exciting. Plus, you are going to be a mom! That’s even more exciting!
3 Wait: If You Had A Miscarriage Before
If you had a miscarriage before, it may be a good idea to wait to tell people you are pregnant until you clear the “safe zone” at 14 weeks. This is when the risk of a miscarriage drastically decreases. Miscarriages are devastating, and having to tell people that you are no longer pregnant will add to it.
This is why it may be a good idea to wait to tell people about your pregnancy until the risk goes down quite a bit. Some parents even wait to tell people for longer than 14 weeks. Tell people whenever you are truly ready.
2 Early: To Celebrate With Loved Ones Right Away
Finding out that you are pregnant can be incredibly exciting. You might not want to keep the good news to yourself for very long and you probably couldn’t keep it a secret even if you tried. You are just way too excited and filled with too much joy.
It’s a happy occasion for many women, so why not tell everyone in your contact list? So, if this fits you perfectly, you should probably tell everyone early on in your pregnancy before you explode with happiness.
1 Wait: It’s Your Personal Business
Some people like to keep things to themselves and in private for many reasons. It’s your personal business and yours only. You don’t have to tell anyone if you don’t want to. You can just surprise them one day when you stop by and your new arrival is here.
If you feel like you don’t want to tell everyone that you are pregnant right away, you don’t have to. You can wait until whenever you are ready. You can be 9 months pregnant if you want!