You may find it hard to keep your lips sealed about the new baby for 12 weeks — if you just found out after missing a period and taking a pregnancy test.
All of the excitement and expectation can be hard to keep to yourself.
A few reasons for sharing your good news with others early on:
More people will be able to share in your joy and excitement from the beginning.
If you’re experiencing any of the early signs of pregnancy, you won’t have to make up any excuses in an effort to hide your pregnancy.
You’ll feel more comfortable reaching out to other moms — both online and in person — to ask questions and begin forming a support network to get you through the entire pregnancy.
TIP: If you live in a small town or you’re active on social media, then it may be hard to keep your pregnancy a secret for long. As soon as a few people find out, the chances are good they’ll tell others — causing the news about your pregnancy to get out faster than you had originally intended.
But… what happens if you’ve told everyone you’re pregnant and something happens — like a miscarriage or some other complication — that causes you to lose the baby?
One thing is for sure: the amount of support you’ll receive to help you through this traumatic time in your life will be invaluable! Very few life events are as traumatic as losing a baby, no matter how far along you are.
Reasons To Wait A Little Longer
- On the other hand, there are a few reasons why you might want to keep your lips sealed about your pregnancy:
- announcing pregnancy early isn’t for everyoneIf you’re less than 3 months along, you might want to wait until you are much closer to your second trimester before you say anything — because a lot can happen in that short amount of time.
- Some women aren’t always eager to share the details of their pregnancy and hear what others think they “should” and “shouldn’t” do for 9 months straight.
- If your pregnancy is a surprise or you have some mixed emotions about the situation, then you may feel inclined to keep the news to yourself for a little while.
- Waiting may make you a little anxious and give your friends and relatives less time to prepare for baby. However, when you consider the amount of stress and anxiety that often comes with the first trimester and the not so pleasant early signs of pregnancy, then you may find that you have more time to enjoy the good news yourself when you’re past the stage for initial concerns and you’re feeling better yourself.