When women find out they are pregnant, they want to shout it from the rooftops. But for many, choosing when to make the pregnancy announcement can be tough. If the announcement is made too early, there is the possibility of also having to tell people the pregnancy was lost. Wait to announce the pregnancy, and people may know that women are expecting by behavior or appearance alone. Because of this, there is a struggle in coming up with the “right” time to announce a pregnancy.
Choosing the appropriate time to let family and friends know that a baby is on the way is personal for every woman. The history of any struggles to get pregnant needs to be taken into account. Whether the announcement will be made in person or via video chat for family who out of town, it can make a difference in timing. If anyone else is pregnant in the family, making sure not to deflate the excitement of their announcement may also factor in. This is why finding the perfect moment may be difficult for many mothers-to-be.
Here is when the “right” time is to announce a pregnancy.
When It Is Best To Announce A Pregnancy
Announcing a pregnancy is a personal decision for every expecting woman to make. Because of this, there truly is no “best” or “right” time to tell others that a bundle of joy is on the way.
Regardless of what the popular beliefs are as to when to make a pregnancy announcement, the only thing that women need to do is follow their hearts and decide when it is best to let others know that they are pregnant. It may even be that some in their inner circle are told sooner while others are informed later. Whatever the choice may be, there is no wrong answer when deciding to share the joy of a baby being on the way.
Why Choosing To Announce Early May Be Beneficial
There are those who choose to tell people as soon as the pregnancy test comes back positive. And this is fantastic! There are some benefits to announcing early women do not experience when they choose to wait until the end of the first trimester or beyond.
According to BabyCenter, when women choose to announce their pregnancies early, they get the benefit of being able to celebrate their pregnancy longer with friends and family. They also do not have to make up excuses as to why they cannot attend events or why particular foods are being passed on, per publication, because people are already privy to the news.
On the flip side, if something happens and the pregnancy ends early on, there is a support system to rely on, according to BabyCenter. And this may be more beneficial to emotional recovery than women could ever imagine.
Why Waiting Might Be The Best Option
According to Forbes, some women like to wait until their baby bumps are showing to announce that babies are on the way. And depending upon what number pregnant women are on and how strong their abdominal muscles are, this could be well into the second trimester before any mention is made about expecting.
If women have had a hard time getting or remaining pregnant, perhaps they are scared to tell employers they are pregnant or want to get test results back about the health and sex of the baby, they may choose to push off revealing their pregnancy news for as long as possible. This, again, is their choice and if a late announcement is what makes mothers-to-be comfortable, then a late announcement is what they should do.
When Most Women Choose To Announce Their Pregnancy
While there is no “right” time to announce pregnancies, there is a time when most women choose to do so. And that is at the end of the first trimester.
According to Today’s Parent, the reason this tends to be the sweet spots of pregnancy announcements has to do with several things. The window has passed for the greatest risk of miscarriages occurring, morning sickness is coming to an end, so women can enjoy being pregnant, and some tests have come back to let parents know the health of their babies. As such, it is what many may consider the most logical time to announce a pregnancy. And this is why so many choose it.
The right time to announce a pregnancy is subjective. As such, when ready to tell people, do it. And then revel in joy when the news of a baby on the way is broken.
Source: BabyCenter, Forbes, Today’s Parent