Sharing your big news
Some things to think about when deciding when to tell everyone you’re pregnant
There’s no doubt that a pink (or blue!) line on a pregnancy test is a momentous moment.
It’s no surprise that many of us admit to doing two, three or tons more tests to be sure!
Pregnancy is full of decisions and the first biggie is often when to share your news.
It’s completely natural for some of us to want to shout it from the rooftops, but there are pros and cons. Take the time to process your news internally.
It’s huge news for you and your partner so soak it up together first.
After the 12-week scan is the most common time for mums-to-be to break the news more widely. Even then, many choose to only share with close family and friends
Of course, telling people about your pregnancy is up to you.
The reason many mums-to-be wait is that once you pass 12 weeks, the risk of miscarriage dramatically reduces. Whilst miscarriages need not be a secret, this is often the reason for not sharing before this point as it can be harder to share such news with lots of people.
We recommend taking the time to decide when to tell your nearest and dearest first. Then you can set to work exploring all the fun and creative ways people use these days to announce that you’re having a baby!
You don’t legally need to tell your employer until you’re just over 3 months away from your due date, but some mums-to-be find that telling work earlier helps if they’re feeling sick or extremely tired.
Depending on your job role you may wish to tell your employer sooner so they can undertake a risk assessment to ensure your health is not put at risk.