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When is it Ok to Reveal You're Pregnant?

The number one thing I have always asked my doctor in my first trimester is, when is a good time to tell my family about the pregnancy?  Both times, with two different doctors, their response has always been, when I feel the most comfortable.

Unfortunately, my anxieties and fears about the unknown, always made me want to wait until I was actually showing to tell my family about our good news, which has typically been around 15 weeks.   My anxieties were only heightened for this pregnancy because of my miscarriage the month before.

Not being able to tell family and friends was tough.  The lack of being able to confide in girlfriends and family when I was sick and wanted to sleep all the time was the most difficult.   My husband was a great support throughout, but let’s face it, guys just don’t “get it.”  I desperately wanted to call my mom on the phone and just confide in her and tell her exactly what I was going through because I knew she could relate (she’s had four kids.)  But something deep down inside just wasn’t comfortable with it.  Even after passing my first trimester mark, I still had worries and concern.

When it finally was time to tell our family the great news (because I physically couldn’t hide it any longer) I wanted to reveal it in an exciting and unique way.  With our first we were so excited to finally be able to tell people that we just showed both of our families the ultrasound and told them they were going to be grandparents.  This time I wanted it to be a little more exciting so that we could truly savor how special the moment really was.

Harlan’s second birthday was coming up around the time we were going to tell them so I decided to have a slideshow movie of her second year made to show our family.  The end of the slideshow had a special message from Harlan revealing the news (with the picture above.)  Their reactions were priceless and we captured it all on video.

Revealing the news to my family helped ease some of my fears and anxieties about my pregnancy.  It helps to know that I can go to them for advice and and find comfort in them.

In the end, I think both of my doctors were right, you have to do it when you are most comfortable.  There is no magic week to reveal that is best.  I have known friends who have announced right after taking the test and some that have waited until after finding out the gender to reveal.  The most important thing is to do what is right for you.

When did you reveal you were pregnant?  How did you do it?

{ If you would like to see our video that we showed to our family for the reveal, click here!}

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