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Telling family and friends about your pregnancy

You’re absolutely thrilled when you see that positive pregnancy test. But who do you tell? How long should you wait? And what are some cute ways to reveal you’ve got a bun in the oven?

Waiting until you’re 100% sure

Since you’ll need an appointment with a healthcare provider to confirm, it might not be wise to call up everyone on your contact list right away. Additionally, a lot of people wait until after week 13, when the chance of miscarriage drops dramatically. If you really can’t wait to share the news, keep in mind that good health is associated with a lower risk of miscarriage overall, so keeping up healthy habits might increase your confidence.

Who should know first?

Your partner, if you have one. They can help you agree on a plan to tell the rest of your inner circle. You might also consider telling a close friend or family member who can definitely keep a secret until you’re ready to broadcast the news.

Telling your boss

Every workplace is unique. Only you can predict how sharing information about your pregnancy will affect your work environment. Before talking with your boss, familiarize yourself with your company’s family leave policies, and try to estimate how much time you’ll take off so your boss can plan accordingly. Think about different viable solutions, like working from home or switching responsibilities with a coworker in case of health complications. No matter what, your boss should know before your coworkers, both out of respect and to minimize office gossip.

Fun ways to reveal

  • Say it with food: Have loved ones with a sweet tooth? Make a batch of cookies or cupcakes and decorate them with words or images related to babies.
  • Let the sibling-to-be share the news: If you have a child welcoming a little brother or sister, have them make the adorable announcement that your family is growing!
  • Drop hints: Leave a onesie or a bottle around your house. Friends or family who come over will figure it out in no time!
  • Tell everyone about their new roles: Buy your mom a “#1 Grandma” t-shirt, or give your best friend a “World’s Best Auntie/Uncle” coffee mug!

Reviewed by Dr. Jamie Lo
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