You have many decisions ahead of you. One of the earliest you will have to make in your pregnancy is when to start telling people that you are expecting. This is typically an exciting time and one that should be surrounded by positivity and joy. However, there are also concerns that could cause some parents to think twice about announcing too early.
Do What Works Best for You
It’s important to get this out of the way now: there is no defined time period to start telling people that you are pregnant. The decision is entirely up to you and your partner. No matter what others tell you, you make the final decision based on your situation and what makes you comfortable.
You also don’t have to tell everyone all at once. Some parents decide to let close family members know sooner while telling others in their social circle later.
Should I Tell People Later?
Some people believe the tradition is to wait until after the first trimester, usually around 12 weeks. This is when the risk of a miscarriage drops significantly. However, many people find that not saying anything feels isolating – especially as they begin going through the trials of pregnancy.
Should I Tell People Sooner?
There are many reasons to let your friends and family know about your pregnancy sooner than 12 weeks. For example, if you are undergoing IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), then chances are others know you are already trying. This is a great reason to share the news sooner.
Some women endure early morning sickness, which can be extremely challenging. Sharing the pregnancy sooner can provide a support system that may be needed if the new mother feels ill or becomes unable to work.
Women who have had a pregnancy loss in the past may also prefer to announce their pregnancy sooner. This will help them find support while dealing with emotions and will let loved ones know that they should check in.
If you have questions about your pregnancy, make an appointment with your Women’s Health obstetrician. We can help you manage your health and guide you to other resources you may need when making decisions about your baby. Contact our West Bloomfield OB/GYN office now to schedule your appointment.