I am surrounded by pregnant women: my job, my social life, my gossip rag magazines.
A common question for me: “when should I tell people I am pregnant?”
The answer depends on your relationship with the tell-ee. There are no strict rules.
Potential pregnancy milestones to consider:
The next 3 milestones include screening for chromosomal and anatomy anomalies. If you would consider terminating the pregnancy for specific anomalies and don’t want to share this decision, wait to share your pregnancy news until you have this information. Some patients choose to share with close family and friends because they want the support no matter what, and I really encourage social support when facing these tough decisions.
Other things to keep in mind:
Your uterus is big enough at 14 weeks to emerge from your pelvis. You may start showing, and you almost definitely will by 20 weeks. Unless you are an expert in the art of clothes camouflage and are undergoing operation: hide pregnancy, many people in your life can already tell you are pregnant. They may think you are hiding it from them. Your boss may think you are being sneaky. Water cooler whispers forcing you to an announcement is not the ideal way to break the news.
A friend told me they felt like keeping the pregnancy news from their family was depriving their family of the joy. Granted this friend is especially close with her mom, and this was the first, long desired, grandchild in the family. Of course you want your family and friends to share in the joy. You also may want them to share in the commissary and complaints, of course with nothing but a compassionate ear.
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