Deciding on when to announce your pregnancy can be difficult for some women. The popular practice is to wait until week 12 to share the news of a baby on the way. This belief is to protect us from revealing such exciting news and something unfortunate happening during your pregnancy.
But what if you want to share the news earlier? By simply sharing the news, you can create a net of loved ones that are now in on your little secret. You may still face a small chance of an unfortunate outcome, except now you have this group who was with you from the start to help heal you along the way.
There is no right or wrong answer to when you should share the good news. Whenever you do decide to make the announcement, there are some creative ways to do it.
This method works best when someone on the outside is involved or aware of the news. You’ll see why. Note: due to the recent COVID-19, it would be best to consider a virtual group photo.
Picture this: you and your closest friends & family are together virtually over video chat. You suggest a group photo be taken and that you will take the photo. Go along with the typical one, two, three CHEESE. But instead, it’s one, two, three… ALLISON IS PREGNANT! The reaction on everyone’s faces is truly priceless. Bonus if the person behind the camera takes a video instead.
Do you enjoy a bottle or two of wine? Have a close-knit circle who also partakes in this activity? Consider gifting them wine bottles with custom tags on the cap. I’ve seen many ideas, such as “Drink this without me! I’ll join you soon. Baby Smith Coming July 2020.”
Ah, the classic trick but, nevertheless, a solid option. Video a loved one, and when they respond, have the ultrasound photo in front of the camera. The best part is when they try to decipher the black and white lines, then suddenly realise it’s a baby.
Fruit in a Box
At 12 weeks, your baby is said to be the size of a lime. Use a small box, fill it with a lime, and watch the confusion on your parents’ faces when they open it up. I'm guilty of using this approach with my grandparents, who thought I wanted them to bake me a key lime pie.
No matter how you announce it, do it in a way that will make you happy and comfortable.
Written by Chelsea D.
Chelsea is a mum of one and pregnant with another. She writes about pregnancy, parenting, and body positivity.
 Willis O. The 12-week pregnancy rule: Why is the first trimester shrouded in secrecy? 2018-05-12
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